Please join us for an Artist & Curator Talk & Reception in conjunction with the Mandeville Gallery’s new exhibition, A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas, which is organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum, California, and is curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas. Artists Pablo Helguera and Martine Gutierrez will join in a discussion with the exhibition curator, Pilar Tompkins Rivas.
Talk with Author & Artist Pablo Helguera: The Spaces of Socially Engaged Art, January 31, 2019, 12:55-1:45 PM
Over the last decade, several artists with diverse backgrounds opted to move out of the conventional spaces of art to create experiences, relationships, actions and dialogues with individuals, often with the goals to contribute to particular social and political issues in their neighborhoods. This site-specific approach, working with specific communities and involving all aspects of the visual art discipline along with performance, architecture, urbanism and education, acquired the designation of socially engaged art or social practice.
Drawing from the hemispheric context of the Americas, and broad questions of civilization and culture, A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas presents recent works by artists from the United States and Latin America grappling with continued questions of colonialism and post-colonialism in an effort to locate “place” in contemporary society.
Jenny Kemp has been exploring the possibilities of organic abstraction for more than a decade. This fertile territory has afforded her the visual language and conceptual means to examine a collection of ideas, including biology and histories of modern abstraction. In Kemp’s vibrant paintings, space and light are built through the placement of intricate parallel lines that shift slowly in hue and intensity.
Please join us for an Opening Reception to celebrate the Mandeville Gallery’s new exhibition, Jenny Kemp: Slow Grow, which explores the fertile territory of organic abstraction in vibrant paintings where space and light are built through the placement of intricate parallel lines that shift slowly in hue and intensity. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Visitors may also view the exhibition, located upstairs in the Mandeville Gallery, during the event. This event is free and open to the public.
Utilizing the green space located in front of Schaffer Library, the Mandeville Gallery presents For Freedoms: 50 State Initiative, an event where participants are encouraged to produce and publicly display their own definition of freedom by completing signs that begin with the phrases: Freedom Of…, Freedom From…, Freedom For…, and Freedom To… The lawn signs allow every participant, in their own way, to articulate a vision of freedom.
Stacey Robinson, artist and assistant professor of graphic design at University of Illinois, and Jermaine Wells, singer and actor, will be mixing music in celebration of Robinson’s art installation currently on view at Schaffer Library, which illustrates the intersections of digital art, culture, and Afrofuturism through his vibrant prints and graffiti wall drawings. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Pizza & Politics: Black Space: Exploring the Politics of Afrofuturism, May 24th, 2018, 12:55-1:45 PM
Please join us for a roundtable discussion, as part of the Pizza & Politics Series presented by the Department of Political Science, with Union student Katie Casado ’19; Julie Lohnes, Director & Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions; Stacey Robinson, 5th Art Installation Series artist and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Robyn Reed, Head of Access Services Librarian; Jason Benitez, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion; and moderator Joshua Plencner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science.
As Union College embarked on the new building and renovation project for our Science and Engineering departments last year, the moment seemed well-suited to re-examine the historic scientific instruments held in the Union College Permanent Collection. This culminated with the exhibition Probability & Uncertainty, featuring more than 30 instruments, juxtaposed with the works of six contemporary female artists creating with scientific themes.
Maker Workshop: Contemporary Art Intersections with Nettrice Gaskins, April 12th, 2018, 12:55-1:45 PM
In conjunction with the Mandeville Gallery’s new exhibition, Probability & Uncertainty, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a Maker Workshop with exhibiting artist Nettrice Gaskins. Participants will make a simple machine from found objects (ex. Rube Goldberg Machine) or an apparatus and method for creating optical illusion effects (ex. Pepper’s Ghost).