February 12: Science, calls for proposals, Frederick Douglass, screenprinting...

Wow, it's been an amazing semester so far! Lots of installations and projects in the works...here's a bit about what we've been up to over the last two weeks.

We've started working on our installation at the School of Marine Science and Technology! Here are two of the student photographers working on the project - Amanda Leeland and Ariana Leo. We're also learning about socially-engaged photographers throughout the semester as a way to inspire the possibilities of our work - first up was Wendy Ewald!

We've started working on our installation at the School of Marine Science and Technology! Here are two of the student photographers working on the project - Amanda Leeland and Ariana Leo. We're also learning about socially-engaged photographers throughout the semester as a way to inspire the possibilities of our work - first up was Wendy Ewald!

On February 24th, we're hosting a Dog Derive with the New Bedford Art Museum. Dogs will be leading us around New Bedford!

On February 24th, we're hosting a Dog Derive with the New Bedford Art Museum. Dogs will be leading us around New Bedford!

We hosted a Welcome Back event at the Star Store where we screen printed CURE t-shirts and two wonderful CURE members shared their performances with us - Niki Winning and Ellen Mueller!

We hosted a Welcome Back event at the Star Store where we screen printed CURE t-shirts and two wonderful CURE members shared their performances with us - Niki Winning and Ellen Mueller!

Also at the same time of the event, Erick Maldonado presented his solo exhibition, I.D. in Gallery 244!

Also at the same time of the event, Erick Maldonado presented his solo exhibition, I.D. in Gallery 244!

Woo hoo! I finally finished installed "On the last day of college," an installation in three residence hall buildings featuring first year students from UMass Dartmouth pretending that they're on their last day of college. Here is the text included with the installation:

When I joined the UMass Dartmouth community as an Artist in Residence (AIR) working with the First Year Experience Program and the College of Visual and Performing Art in the fall of 2017, I had a lot of flashbacks to my first year of college back in 2008. During fall semester of that year, I enrolled in: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Tropical Ecology, Introduction to Anthropology: Heritage Studies, Animal Thinking, and Introduction to Sociology: Social Problems. As you might imagine after seeing this list, I felt completely lost with no idea what I wanted to major in, and I often wondered if I would make it to graduation. Luckily, I found an excellent advisor who supported my broad range of inquiry and helped me organize myself into earning a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Public Archaeology. That advisor also helped me imagine a future where I was successful and working in a job that made me happy.

This portrait series is in homage to the unknown, to perseverance, to the imaginary space we hold to see our future selves succeeding. I think of this installation as a place for students to see themselves as residents in their new home—their picture on the wall of the space where they’re newly living. The production of this project also gave me an opportunity to meet first year students face to face during the first week of classes. During that first week, I invited people to pose for a photo as if it were their very last day of college, and here are the results—a wide-ranging set of emotions and feelings expressed through movement, gratitude, pride, relief, and excitement. Treasure the time you have during school to explore and experience as many things as you can, and never forget to imagine yourself, alongside your peers at the end of this journey. Good luck!

This installation was created by AIR Roz Crews as part of the Center for Undisciplined Research with support from UMass Dartmouth Housing and Residence Education. Special thanks to Michelle Black, Eric Petersen, Jake Hogg, and Amber Whitton. If you have any questions, please contact Roz at rcrews@umassd.edu.

Our SMAST photo team had a fun, productive day at the seawater collection tank room today photographing all kinds of sea equipment and water!

The first three issues of our newsletter, designed by Rachael Abrantes, will be on display starting tomorrow as part of the "Takes Two" exhibition of faculty work at UMass Dartmouth's University Gallery in CVPA!

The first three issues of our newsletter, designed by Rachael Abrantes, will be on display starting tomorrow as part of the "Takes Two" exhibition of faculty work at UMass Dartmouth's University Gallery in CVPA!

The Center's Curator and Project Manager is organizing an exciting exhibition that will take place in Newport Rhode Island! The call for submissions is open now to Juniors, Seniors, and Grad Students at UMass Dartmouth, RISD, Salve Regina, and the Community College of Rhode Island! Here's a link to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsNrBU5GuOqixr7cHgyZYSGDUheYdIeXSnNHwas7oK3wz9mA/viewform

The Center's Curator and Project Manager is organizing an exciting exhibition that will take place in Newport Rhode Island! The call for submissions is open now to Juniors, Seniors, and Grad Students at UMass Dartmouth, RISD, Salve Regina, and the Community College of Rhode Island! Here's a link to submit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsNrBU5GuOqixr7cHgyZYSGDUheYdIeXSnNHwas7oK3wz9mA/viewform

On Wednesday, join us for a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birthday at the Frederick Douglass Unity House from 4-6PM! We've put together an exhibition of portraits of FD for the event. Artwork by: Bhen Alan, Cody Oliveira-Gingras, Caitlyn Barbosa, Sydney Brake, Lydia Collins, Delvina Driscoll, William Hart, Morgan Lobo, Nina Nguyen, Tess Oldfield, Darley Garcia, Mae Pacine, Gina Pantalone, Hanna Rabstejnek, Alaia Rios, Ben Urdi, and Ally Watts.

On Wednesday, join us for a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birthday at the Frederick Douglass Unity House from 4-6PM! We've put together an exhibition of portraits of FD for the event. Artwork by: Bhen Alan, Cody Oliveira-Gingras, Caitlyn Barbosa, Sydney Brake, Lydia Collins, Delvina Driscoll, William Hart, Morgan Lobo, Nina Nguyen, Tess Oldfield, Darley Garcia, Mae Pacine, Gina Pantalone, Hanna Rabstejnek, Alaia Rios, Ben Urdi, and Ally Watts.

December 18: End of the first semester!

Our final newsletter issue of the fall semester!

Our final newsletter issue of the fall semester!

In partnership with the Student Government Association, we've launched a call for a student-centered public art opportunity! Please be in touch about how to apply.

In partnership with the Student Government Association, we've launched a call for a student-centered public art opportunity! Please be in touch about how to apply.

We've finally compiled the exhibition about some of the history of this cork board! It's on display now through next semester, and in January we will complete it with a little zine with the information!

We've finally compiled the exhibition about some of the history of this cork board! It's on display now through next semester, and in January we will complete it with a little zine with the information!

The UMass Dartmouth Alumni Magazine is writing an article about CURE, so last week a few of us posed for an environmental photo shoot to go along with the article!

The UMass Dartmouth Alumni Magazine is writing an article about CURE, so last week a few of us posed for an environmental photo shoot to go along with the article!

This week we presented our first book, Publix! It's a catalogue of public art at UMass Dartmouth, punctuated by three case studies about controversial public art from the region. We launched the book as part of Dr. Uchill's Processing Place final presentations, and below are a few images from the other presentations.

This week we presented our first book, Publix! It's a catalogue of public art at UMass Dartmouth, punctuated by three case studies about controversial public art from the region. We launched the book as part of Dr. Uchill's Processing Place final presentations, and below are a few images from the other presentations.

As part of the current exhibition at the New Bedford Art Museum, we've been collecting stories from folks about their emotional experiences in Downtown New Bedford, and this week Gina and I got to do some illustrations of those stories on the wall drawing map of DNB! We even had a helper, special thanks to six year old Natalyea.

November 27: Public art publication, student art show in the res halls, weaving community, and national monuments

Over the last couple weeks, first-year student Ben Urdi has been organizing for the first show in the new art gallery in Chestnut Residence Hall! Please contact Ben at antfarm215k@gmail.com to submit your work for the show. There's no restrictions about what the art can be. The show opens on Thursday 11/30!

Over the last couple weeks, first-year student Ben Urdi has been organizing for the first show in the new art gallery in Chestnut Residence Hall! Please contact Ben at antfarm215k@gmail.com to submit your work for the show. There's no restrictions about what the art can be. The show opens on Thursday 11/30!

On November 17th, the Center's Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liason Rebecca Uchill organized a public lecture by Andy Graydon called "The Spectrum Between: A Listener's Guide to the Art of Sound" at UMass CVPA. This is the first lecture in a new series she's organizing about performance art.

On November 17th, the Center's Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liason Rebecca Uchill organized a public lecture by Andy Graydon called "The Spectrum Between: A Listener's Guide to the Art of Sound" at UMass CVPA. This is the first lecture in a new series she's organizing about performance art.

On November 20th, the Center's Curatorial Specialist/Fundraiser Brittni Ann Harvey and the Center's Visual Editor of Undisciplined Research co-led a workshop about interpreting and reflecting on public art on campus. The writing and drawing produced during this workshop will become part of the public art publication we're producing this month!

On November 20th, the Center's Curatorial Specialist/Fundraiser Brittni Ann Harvey and the Center's Visual Editor of Undisciplined Research co-led a workshop about interpreting and reflecting on public art on campus. The writing and drawing produced during this workshop will become part of the public art publication we're producing this month!

In preparation for the public art publication coming out soon, I sat down with artist and CVPA faculty member Stacy Latt Savage to talk about some of the sculptures and projects that didn't get included on the "very brief tour of public art on campus" map that I made earlier in the semester. We will include her revisions in our catalogue of public art on campus!

In preparation for the public art publication coming out soon, I sat down with artist and CVPA faculty member Stacy Latt Savage to talk about some of the sculptures and projects that didn't get included on the "very brief tour of public art on campus" map that I made earlier in the semester. We will include her revisions in our catalogue of public art on campus!

Above are some of the artworks that will be included in the publication.

On November 21st, we hosted a conversation with Jamie Jacquart (sustainability coordinator at UMass Dartmouth) and Marissa Perez Dormitzer (local recycling coordinator) in the CVPA lobby. As we talked about sustainable futures, textile waste, and recycling solutions, we began crocheting two rugs using donated t-shirts. We also discussed artist Fritz Haeg's work and specifically his project Domestic Integrities (where he works with others to produce rugs (Domestic Integrity Fields) from recycled or local fabrics that become the platform for exchange). "DOMESTIC INTEGRITY FIELDS are crocheted rugs of local textiles upon which the project is presented, functioning as a charged sites for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. These spirally stitched circular rugs gradually expand as they travel from city to city. Local resident collaborators responding to an open call make periodic visits bringing their Domestic Integrities to ceremoniously place them on low pedestals on the crocheted rug. Some may remain on display for weeks while others may change daily, but there is always something fresh to drink and eat. Visitors to the rug are invited to take off their shoes and make themselves at home, to sit down and inspect, touch, taste, and smell that day’s various Domestic Integrities, which provide a 'live broadcast' of what is happening outside and in people's homes at that moment, in that place, in that season." Learn more here.

On November 21st, we hosted a conversation with Jamie Jacquart (sustainability coordinator at UMass Dartmouth) and Marissa Perez Dormitzer (local recycling coordinator) in the CVPA lobby. As we talked about sustainable futures, textile waste, and recycling solutions, we began crocheting two rugs using donated t-shirts. We also discussed artist Fritz Haeg's work and specifically his project Domestic Integrities (where he works with others to produce rugs (Domestic Integrity Fields) from recycled or local fabrics that become the platform for exchange).

"DOMESTIC INTEGRITY FIELDS are crocheted rugs of local textiles upon which the project is presented, functioning as a charged sites for testing, performing, and presenting how we want to live. These spirally stitched circular rugs gradually expand as they travel from city to city. Local resident collaborators responding to an open call make periodic visits bringing their Domestic Integrities to ceremoniously place them on low pedestals on the crocheted rug. Some may remain on display for weeks while others may change daily, but there is always something fresh to drink and eat. Visitors to the rug are invited to take off their shoes and make themselves at home, to sit down and inspect, touch, taste, and smell that day’s various Domestic Integrities, which provide a 'live broadcast' of what is happening outside and in people's homes at that moment, in that place, in that season." Learn more here.

November 13th: JAS, Magic Moments, Recycling and Public Art!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday November 16th - Artist talk with Sage Perrott, Star Store room 144 6:30-7:30.

Monday November 20th - Public art and writing workshop with Brittni Ann Harvey & Jesse Sullivan, room CVPA 306 6-8PM!

Tuesday November 21st - National Recycling Day Weaving Community Event with the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, CVPA lobby 10-5PM. Join us as we weave old t-shirts into rugs.
 

In preparation for a new publication we're working on, I've been researching the New Bedford Cinderella Seagull controversy from last summer. Rayana Grace sent me a photo of these stickers that were produced in relationship to the sculpture to raise money for breast cancer research.

In preparation for a new publication we're working on, I've been researching the New Bedford Cinderella Seagull controversy from last summer. Rayana Grace sent me a photo of these stickers that were produced in relationship to the sculpture to raise money for breast cancer research.

Radical Digital Painting team Just Another System was here for a couple days last week, and they gave an amazing talk on Tuesday evening - free and open to the public!

Radical Digital Painting team Just Another System was here for a couple days last week, and they gave an amazing talk on Tuesday evening - free and open to the public!

On Wednesday, the team did studio visits with seven awesome students from CVPA! Here they are with Addie Thibeault right after their final visit of the day.

On Wednesday, the team did studio visits with seven awesome students from CVPA! Here they are with Addie Thibeault right after their final visit of the day.

On Thursday during AHA! Night in DT New Bedford, as part of CURE's programming related to the education and engagement wall at the museum, I did a two hour performance where I worked with people visiting the museum to write twelve "scores for magic moments" (free ideas for being emotional in the city). The scores were made specifically for the individuals who co-authored them, and each one begins with the participant selecting one of six objects from the table. I ask which object makes you feel most comfortable, and from there, a series of questions unfolds to help me understand what a magic moment might look like for you - as you talk, I write. Once the score is done, it goes into a tiny envelope, sealed, dated, and identified as yours. The envelope should only be opened when you're in dire need of a magic moment.

When CURE was starting to develop, I thought it might make sense to have a uniform for public engagements. Over the last couple months, Addie Thibeault, a junior textiles student in CVPA, and I discussed various artist uniforms, and through conversation, we decided this dress would be the perfect garment to start with since I already have a similar linen dress that I wear for most public events. She selected the fabric and made the dress for me.

When CURE was starting to develop, I thought it might make sense to have a uniform for public engagements. Over the last couple months, Addie Thibeault, a junior textiles student in CVPA, and I discussed various artist uniforms, and through conversation, we decided this dress would be the perfect garment to start with since I already have a similar linen dress that I wear for most public events. She selected the fabric and made the dress for me.

November 6th: Critical Literacy, Public Speaking, Microutopias, and Installations

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

On Thursday we had the official unveiling of the Center's wall at the New Bedford Art Museum! We opened with the Social Justice Hero Portrait project, and Mark Kayanja who inspired the installation gave a very moving speech about why he thinks people who do social justice work are important.

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

We just released our second newsletter!

We just released our second newsletter!

As part of the Fine Art Faculty Show on main campus, I created this installation about being present in the moment. It comes from a much larger body of work which includes all kinds of documents of my life. This excerpt is called Part II 2006-2013: Times when the people are absent, actually when I was the absent person. Thanks to the gallery attendents for helping to recoil the rope after people check-out the binoculars.

October 16th: Mark Dion, Teaching Social Practice, Shared Voices, Portraits!

I want to acknowledge that Monday Updates is inspired by Monday Memos which is a blog that one of my favorite artist people, Zoë Sessums, writes and publishes every Monday. I'm always excited about the music, fashion, and food that appears on her blog. Plus, I think Monday is a good time to read updates about the previous week.

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In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

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We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!

What's been going on so far?

In my last post, I promised to let you know what I’ve been up to over the last month while preparing for the Center to launch. Now I will tell you!

I moved here from Portland, Oregon on August 15th after “co-curating” the KSMoCA International Art Fair in collaboration with Amanda Leigh Evans, Lisa Jarrett, and Harrell Fletcher. I was exhausted from that project, but very excited to embark on this new adventure—in a town where I don't know anyone! Starting with knowing no one and nothing about this place, I’ve been meeting people from all over the region, trying to find out what kinds of things are happening around here, looking for places where the Center can intersect with great people and events, and trying to make sense of my role in UMass Dartmouth—trying to find my space in this place. I’ve also been thinking about why I wanted to make a Center in the first place, investigating exactly what brought me here, why I am so drawn to being “undisciplined,” especially in an education setting. Questioning what it means to be undisciplined, thinking about the conversation I had with Spencer Byrne-Seres, my partner and frequent collaborator, on Mount Tabor before I left Portland as we were trying to imagine the perfect name for this project.

Here is a list of potential titles we started with:

Center for investigative practices
Bureau for research and investigative practices
Office of chaos and investigative practices
Center for lateral thinking and investigative research
Center for history, place, and practice
Local knowledge and outsider perspective
Center for exploratory behavior and uncertainty
Center for open investigation
Center for exploratory behaving
Center for inventive curiosity
Center for open inquiry
Center for open inquiring
Center for inventive inquiring
Center for interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and trans disciplinary inquiry
Center for disciplinary and undisciplinary studies
Center for disciplined and undisciplined studies
*Center for Undisciplined Investigation
Center for Undisciplined Research and Understanding
Center for Undisciplined Research and Investigation
Center for uncentering
Center for peripheral investigation
Center for immediate studies
Center for peripheral and immediate studies
Center for peripheral research
Center for experiential education and peripheral research
Center for public undisciplinary research

We were looking for a title that would let the audience know this Center is to be infused with gravity and chaos. Something intellectual and playful. We also considered the history of other artist-run Centers, and tried to acknowledge that this Center would be within the context of a university.

Once I got here, I started meeting people and visiting places right away - trying to figure out how to create a structure for the Center that would allow room for students to fill it in with their interests and ambitions; I've included a list of the highlights below.

On August 17th, I met Rayana Grace at the YMCA and later that day, I accompanied her to the Trustees of Reservations event where I met a lot of great people.

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I started getting set up in my new room in the freshman residence halls (where I'm living as part of this project).

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I attended the amazing Third Eye Unlimited event in downtown New Bedford where I watched a break dancing competition.

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During the solar eclipse on August 21, I went to see the Sea Pageant, a community performance for the sea, in Newport, Rhode Island which was produced by Strange Attractor.

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I went to a member's event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum where I learned about knots and whaling.

I participated in Resident Assistant training events as part of my position within Housing and Residence Education.

I met Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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I considered adopting a puppy from the humane society.

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I attended a anti-oppression workshop as part of the RA training.

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I met with Adi (the Center's lead textile designer) to talk about artist uniform designs.

I checked out the National Park's education center with Ranger Andy and Cristina Mehrens from the Office of Faculty Development.

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I went on a tour about the Underground Railroad in New Bedford with tour guide Rufai.

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Consultant Megan Abajian helped secure the first remote location of the Center!

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I met with Carrie Hawthorne from the education department of the Buttonwood Park Zoo to talk about possible ways we might work together in the future.

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I did a studio visit with local artist Harry Gould Harvey to learn more about his work.

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I attended the first year student convocation ceremony on campus.

I was a judge for this year's Corsair Olympics in the first-year quad.

I played scrabble with Chancellor Johnson and two first year students.

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I attended a beautiful fundraiser for Watershed Ceramics residency at Chris Gustin's home here in Dartmouth.

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Darley taught me how to salsa in front of Ellen Mueller's Freshman Seminar class.

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I saw Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society, give a talk about the Underground Railroad.

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The Center signed up to be a member of AHA! Night in DT New Bedford, and I did a drawing performance to meet students and faculty.

Our first official remote location was established, and I've started planning the first exhibition - a history of this cork board (built in 1992).

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I attended a planning meeting for the first CVPA open house of the year!

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Of course, there have been a lot of other meetings with a lot of other people including (but not limited to) folks from E! For All, Groundwork!, TDI, the Community Economic Development Center of New Bedford, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Faculty Development, the Unity House of UMass Dartmouth, and the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Anyway, what a great experience this has been so far. Can't wait to keep moving forward.