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Pedagogy Through Photography: Daisy Zhang, ’11 October 29, 2010

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Today’s blog post is by Daisy Zhang, ’11 who curated the exhibition “Pedagogy Through Photography: Photographs by Clarence Kennedy“, which is currently on view in the Sculpture Court, on the 3rd floor of the Jewett Arts Center. Stop by and see the exhibition!

Pedagogy Through Photography

“The process of putting together my exhibition: Pedagogy through Photography: Photographs by Clarence Kennedy, has been an exciting and fun learning experience.  Kennedy was a photographer in the 1920s and 1930s who took photographs of Italian Renaissance sculpture for pedagogical purposes. Wellesley has many of his photographs and three complete bound folios as well.When I first started this project, I did not know anything about Kennedy or how to turn my work into an exhibit, and I especially did not know how much work that would involve.  As a senior art history major, the idea of curating an exhibit has always been on my mind but I did not think that it would be possible to do while I was at school and therefore, this has been very educational.  I did most of my research over the summer and went to places like the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Harvard Fine Arts Library.  I also compiled some photographs from our own Wellesley Archives to include in the exhibit as well.  Through doing this, I learned a tremendous amount about Clarence Kennedy but the difficult part of putting his works together into a show was probably the most daunting part.  I started this by writing first drafts of my three main labels for the show.  One was about Kennedy’s technique, the other about his life, and the third about the teaching of art and art history at Wellesley.  While these labels were being edited, I picked the photographs that I was going to use in the exhibit and wrote “tombstone” labels for those, which is just the name of the artist, title, year and any other information.

Once the labels were completed, they needed to be printed out but before that, I hung up the photographs in the Sculpture Court in their right organization.  This involved grouping them and making sure they were even with the floor and each other.  However, apart from just hanging up the photographs, I also needed a frame and a glass case for some other objects.  The glass case was meant for the ledger that recorded the art department purchases of Kennedy’s work along with a bound folio whereas the frame was meant to show how students learned form these images.  These two objects were the finishing part of my exhibit and the last to be completed.  Currently, everything is hung up and in their respective spots and it is very rewarding to see my finished work.  Kennedy’s photographs were meant to be seen by students everyday and it’s nice to see, that even though these photographs are no longer used, they can still be shown to students.”-Daisy Zhang, ’11

Pedagogy Through Photography

Pedagogy Through Photography

Pedagogy Through Photography

Applied Arts: Photograms workshop October 25, 2010

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This past weekend we hosted an Applied Arts workshop on Photograms with artist Lana Z Caplan. Photograms is essentially a technique which allows you to make photographic images without a camera. In the darkroom, you basically use light to record an image. We had a wonderful assortment of all different kinds of objects to experiment and make compositions with.

Photograms workshop
(above) Lana Z Caplan shows some of the earliest photograms.

Photograms workshop

Photograms workshop

We had ten people at the workshop, and you can see from the image below that we were very productive during the afternoon. View all images from the workshop here.

Photograms workshop
(above) a finished print comes out of the print dryer.

Photograms workshop

Photograms workshop

Studio Art at Wellesley Summer School April 27, 2010

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The Wellesley College Summer School is offering several courses in studio art this year.  Click on these links to read the course descriptions and learn more about the studio art courses: Drawing I, Photography I, Basic 2-D Design, Digital Imaging, and Color.  The summer school program is co-educational, featuring full credit courses drawn from the regular Wellesley curriculum.  The summer school is open to all college students, college graduates, as well as eligible commuting high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to register, visit the Wellesley College Summer School website or call (781)283-2200.

Summer School Poster

Applied Arts Preview March 31, 2010

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We’re wrapping up the Applied Arts Program for this semester in the coming weeks. As we finish off our workshop series this year, I’ve already begun planning for next year’s series. Below you will find a preview of topics and instructors coming up for next season!

Robot Sculptures w/ Ann Smith

Photograms w/ Lana Caplan

Handmade decorative papers w/ Abbie Read

Plush dolls by Clara Lieu

Plush dolls w/ Clara Lieu

Papermaking Workshop

Papermaking w/Katherine McCanless Ruffin

Photographing a Sculpture

Photographing 3-D artwork w/ Warren Patterson

Ceramic Mosaic Workshop

Ceramic mosaics w/ Kate Oggel
Stop Motion Animation w/ Lana Caplan
Photoshop: Photo Retouching w/ Alex Hart
Fabric Stenciling w/ Antoinette Winters
Hand sewn purses & hand bags w/ Antoinette Winters
Valentine’s Day letterpress & paper craft w/ Katherine McCanless Ruffin
Photographing 2-D Artwork w/ Valerie Wolf
Flipbooks w/ Alex Hart

Transformations: Installation, Opening, & Gallery Talk March 8, 2010

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Last week was a busy week in the gallery: on Monday and Tuesday we installed the exhibition “Transformations”, Thursday was the opening reception, and on Friday we had a gallery talk with Ken Takashi Horii and Thomas Lyon Mills.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director /Curator Clara Lieu, Nathalie Miebach, and Ken Takashi Horii discuss the installation plan.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director/Curator Clara Lieu, and Nathalie Miebach discuss options for how to install the exhibition.

Figuring out the layout for the exhibition was complicated due to the fact that every artist had both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. All of the exhibitions we’ve mounted since I started directing the gallery in 2008 have largely featured two-dimensional work, so this was a first for the gallery to have so much three-dimensional work in a single show. Other important considerations were how to distribute and balance color throughout the gallery. Nathalie Miebach and Thomas Lyon Mills both had works which were heavy in color whereas Ken Takashi Horii and Anthony Crudelle-Janello had largely black and white or monochromatic works.

Installation: "Transformations" Installation: "Transformations"
Left: Nathalie Miebach and a student gallery assistant work to assemble her sculpture into the gallery space.
Right: Ken Takashi Horii works on assembling his large sculpture “Of Mind and Matter”.

Each artist had their own pre-determined system for hanging and arranging their works in the gallery.  In Ken Takashi Horii’s case, his large sculpture arrived in several pieces and was installed piece by piece into the wall. Nathalie Miebach had sculptures and also several audio components which went along with her musical scores. Thomas Lyon Mills had a simple and effective hanging system for his paintings which allowed them to hang on the wall unframed. Anthony Crudelle-Janello’s sculpture was  constructed on a set of wheels, allowing it to be wheeled right into the gallery.  Crudelle-Janello’s photographs were hung on the wall using strips of velcro stuck to the back of the photographs.

Installation Views: "Transformations"

Installation Views: "Transformations"

The opening reception was well attended by both members of the Wellesley College community as well as several people from off campus, many of whom were visiting the gallery for the first time. A live jazz performance with piano, flute, and bass was provided by the Wellesley College Music Department.

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

The following day the gallery hosted a gallery talk  by Thomas Lyon Mills and Ken Takashi Horii.  Hearing their insights and thoughts about the work provided a whole new level of depth and understanding of their work in the exhibition.  View all of the photos from this exhibition and events on our Flickr account.

Gallery Talk: Thomas Lyon Mills

Thomas Lyon Mills speaks about his work.

Gallery Talk: Ken Takashi Horii

Ken Takashi Horii speaks to the crowd about his work.

Delivery of Artworks: Anthony Crudelle-Janello February 23, 2010

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Artwork for the “Transformations” exhibition, which opens next Thursday, started to arrive today. Anthony Crudelle-Janello came up from Providence to deliver his photographs and sculpture. Tony has a series of photographs of the sculptures he creates, and he also brought a large sculpture which will be displayed alongside the photographs.  The sculpture is a large piece which goes on top of a wooden stand that inserts onto another wooden stand with wheels.  We unloaded all of the parts from the sculpture, assembled them together, and then wheeled them into the gallery storage area.

Anthony Crudelle-Janello

From there, Tony and his studio assistant Natalia worked to arrange and place the cloth that surrounded the sculpture.  The cloth around the sculpture obscures the various wooden structures underneath the sculpture.

Anthony Crudelle-Janello

Tony works to staple together various parts of the cloth to hold them in place.

Join us for the opening reception next Thursday, March 4 at 4:45-6pm.  You can RSVP to this event on our Facebook page here.

Opening Reception for “Look at Me” February 5, 2010

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We had a terrific turnout this afternoon for the opening reception of the student photography exhibition “Look at Me”. The exhibition is open through Feb. 25th.  View more photos from the opening reception on our Flickr account.

"Look at Me": Opening Reception

A lively crowd was present throughout the opening reception.

"Look at Me": Opening Reception

Fall 2009 ARTS208 Photography course with Professor Christine Rogers.

"Look at Me": Opening Reception

Professor Christine Rogers talks about the themes and ideas behind the exhibition at the opening reception.

"Look at Me": Opening Reception

Emily Evans discusses the process and experience of curating the exhibition.

Eleri Roberts on “Look at Me” February 3, 2010

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Today’s post is a guest blog post from Eleri Roberts, one of the students who has work in the “Look at Me” exhibition.  Below are her thoughts and experience on the curatorial process and installing the exhibition in the gallery.

The process of putting together the show has been a learning experience. It has been everything from fun to frustrating. The class first discussed the show early in the fall semester. At that point we thought of splitting the show into three themes that we would hope to unify in some way. We went down that path for some time, but eventually came to the conclusion that we needed a more cohesive show. It seemed to us that the show would be stronger if we unified all the artists as a whole instead of separating them into groups. This was the point at which we layed all the photos put and began connecting each body of work to another, whether it was through visual and aesthetic connections or through subject matter and meaning. We ended up with a circle that immediately felt right and even showed us how the show would be organized and structured.

Look at Me: Installation in Progress

Eleri Roberts and Christine Rogers work on installing the exhibition.

Now I will jump to the actual process of putting up the show in the Jewett Gallery. We quickly realized that there was no way we would be able to put up everyone’s complete final project without fully overwhelming the visitors to the gallery. It became clear that less is more. We then started the difficult task of editing each artist’s final project down to three or four prints. Not an easy task considering everyone had so many great photos! A few of the ARTS208 class members as well as Christine Rogers were there to give their input and eventually the selections were made. Now for the calculations! Christine, Emily, Rayla, and I spent a long time measuring, re-measuring, calculating, and re-calculating all of the distances needed between photos in order to put together a perfectly balanced show. Finally everything was figured out and we could start the hanging. With only a few mishaps, the end of the entire process was in sight. Just some lettering and labeling to do.

A long day with a lot of thought, but the end product was well worth it. I learned so much about the curatorial process as well as the work of a gallery preparator. I am so proud of our class. I am really looking forward to the show and hope to see you there! -Eleri Roberts

Eleri Roberts

Eleri Roberts, “Untitled”, silver gelatin prints, 2009

Guest Blog Post: Christine Rogers February 2, 2010

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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

Look at Me: Installation in Progress

Christine Rogers works with students to select works during the installation of  Look at Me

Look at Me: Curatorial Statement February 2, 2010

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The students in Christine Rogers’ ARTS208 photography course have been working on their curatorial statement for their exhibition “Look at Me”, which has an opening reception this Thursday, Feb. 4, 4:45-6pm. Read below on their experience curating their exhibition.

The process of bringing together the various final projects of fifteen individual students felt daunting at first and ended up going through two major stages. The first stage sought to connect the work thematically. After many conversations, flow charts and heated discussions it became clear to connect these pictures through small but significant visual relationships. What results is a wide circle approach to looking at these pictures, rather than a straight line.

“Look At Me” is a phrase commonly used by photographers but in this case it serves as a request on many levels: to look at the individual projects, how they relate immediately to the neighboring projects, but also how they fit into a bigger whole, connected by subtle visual links.

– Photography 208, Fall 2009
Julie Aguilera, Elizabeth Bartels, Emily Evans, Cecilia Flatley, Ji Lim, Olivia Linder, Alison McKenna, Sarah Moazeni, deCourcy O’Grady, Shirley Palomino, Eleri Roberts, Shannon Smith, Heidi Wang, Rayla Heide

Image of chalkboard, Emily Evans, 2009


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