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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
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.