Spatial Ecologies students from the New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design create ecological exhibition at Sarasota Art Museum’s The Works.
Issa Lampe, Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, Deputy Director for Academic and Curatorial Affairs, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and Berit Ness, Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, present the exhibition series “Smart to the Core” at the Smart Museum of Art in connection with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and courses at the University of Chicago.
Also featuring John Kelly, Christian W. Mackenauer Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, Jessica Kirzane, Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and David Levin, Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies, and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts at the University of Chicago.
Each year, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia hosts a two hour “Clinician’s Eye” workshop for second-year medical students. The workshop allows medical students to work on their observational skills and practice gathering clues to formulate decisions.
Curator M. Jordan Love, medical humanities professor Marcia Childress, and docent coordinator Emily Lazaro worked with students throughout this workshop.
Childress argued, “In a museum setting, we can slow down that process for them. It helps build reflexes they will need in a clinical setting, when they have to react and learn very quickly.” [UVA Today]
With the input of ten undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art acquired several three new works of art from Viennacontemporary, Austria’s largest art fair. The fair founder, Dmitry Aksenov, invited the Smart Museum of Art to bring a group of students to choose works from the fair to add to the museum’s permanent collection.
Gearing up to the trip, the students read and discussed scholarship about the art market and fairs with Smart Museum staff members. They also researched the Smart’s collection. Art history graduate student Maggie Hire said that they were “especially interested in considering the ways in which a work of art would dialogue with other artworks from the collection and how that dialogue might promote learning moments.” [The Chicago Maroon]
A week-long program held at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) offered students from historically black colleges and universities the opportunity to learn hands-on conservation techniques and expose the aspiring scholars to the networks and careers within the cultural heritage sector. [YaleNews]
Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, discusses the ways in which the Harn Museum of Art promotes community engagement as part of a broader five-year diversity and inclusion plan. Segal explains the many ways in which the Museum is achieving this goal: through the Bishop Study Center, the Head Start Program, the “made by an immigrant” initiative, and the Tele-Tours.
In this segment, Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, speaks about student engagement. Segal expands on how the museum becomes a part of many students’ experiences at the University of Florida through a required freshman year course (The Good Life), volunteering, internships, and by having professors curate exhibitions from the collection which reflect their unique perspective and discipline.
At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”
This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry, will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)
Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.
At Colorado State University, Erika Osborne, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, and Lynn Badia, an assistant professor in the Department of English will teach an interdisciplinary course on energy.
Osbourne and Badia’s course, “Cultural Extraction: Energy in the Humanities,” will focus on “the relatively new concept of ‘energy humanities’ looks at the relationship between energy and our daily lives through a variety of lenses.” The instructors built field trips into to the course and have also “incorporated artists, films, literature and even TV series to provide context around the energy theme.”
In response to what they are learning in class and on field trips to the the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, students will create a “‘mock museum’ — a museum set in the future containing artifacts from our current time” which will be installed at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center at the end of the fall 2018 semester. The exhibition will be titled “Museum of Energy Transitions: Real and Speculative.”
The mock museum will be open from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. (Colorado State University)
Image above: Students tour the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville.
When students enter the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, NY to see the current exhibition, “Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art,” they are asked “What’s your fantasy structure?”
“None of the artists in the show are trained architects,” gallery director Bartholomew Bland said, “but they all engage in building in a sort of way that I think is very imaginative and sort of appeals to the dream that we all have about the perfect home, or the perfect building, or the perfect place we would want to spend time.”
“Castles in the Sky” is the product of Bland’s interest in “18th century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi and 19th century American painter Thomas Cole” and “where artists go in their minds.” The exhibition is up through January 26, 2018. (The Riverdale Press)