Guest Blog Post: Christine Rogers February 2, 2010Posted by claralieu in photography, Student Exhibitions.
Tags: curating, photography, student, wellesley college
Today’s post is a guest blog post from Photography 208 Professor Christine Rogers. Her class put together the current exhibition in the gallery “Look at Me”, which has an opening reception this Thursday, Feb. 4, 4:45-6pm.
Now that the show is hung on the wall I can’t help but be so proud of and inspired by my students from the Fall Photography 208 class. This show emerged out of a class assignment to curate themselves into a show. I wanted this to be a learning experience and for them to put together something that they could be proud of and they felt was representative of their work as individuals and as a group. The first phase was brainstorming and trying to come up with a theme to connect the projects. The second phase was to revisit the theme idea and instead organize the show visually and (somewhat conceptually) as throughout the semester projects evolved and the themes no longer felt appropriate.
Hanging the work on the wall was another phase of the curatorial process as we discovered last week. We stuck to the original map that we made in class but we had to edit heavily as there was more work than we had wall space. Ultimately this was for the best as these decisions helped to create a stronger final show where the viewer can spend time with each edited body of work as well as look at this as a cohesive show.
Thank you again to everyone who came out to help hang the show: Ji, Cecilia, Olivia, Sarah, Shannon, EB, Rayla, Eleri, Shirley and Emily. For those students who are studying abroad this semester, we will miss you on Thursday and we hope you like the installation!
Christine Rogers works with students to select works during the installation of Look at Me