An artists’ reception will be held on Friday, September 15, 5:00-7:00pm, in the gallery. The exhibition is open September 12-17; all events are free and open to the public.
Starrett and Reiser, artists who have collaborated previously, created an inter-disciplinary lighting installation, “Intersections,” at Vassar this summer. “Intersections” investigates the form and aesthetic of the Vassar campus, with individual lamps meant to represent particular buildings, their architecture, histories, and current purposes. This installation seeks to bring together the past and present of Vassar’s campus architecture through information displayed on or represented by the pattern or fabric of the lampshades and the shadows they create.
The student-led projects are “Experimental Classroom” and “Windswept.” “Experimental Classroom,” was created by Charlotte Foley ‘18, Audrey Keefe ‘18, and Antoine Robinson ‘18. According to Foley, “The project is in three parts that puts classroom architecture in conversation with liberatory pedagogy and interrogating norms via physical interventions on classroom spaces. We have represented our research using industrial yarn, voice recognition software, and speculative/human-centered design thinking.” Both student projects were mentored by Starrett, Reiser, and Vassar faculty member Lisa Brawley.
The concept behind “Windswept,” a kinetic installation by Noah Trueblood ’18 and Jacob Brody ’18, is to allow users to experience wind at any chosen location in the world. It explores the relationship between nature and mechanics by using mechanical motion to animate the natural phenomenon of wind.
“The goal of ‘Windswept’ is to explore the relationship between nature and mechanics by using mechanical motion to animate the natural phenomenon of wind,” says Trueblood. “When thinking of ideas for a project, we were drawn to the unique experience of the touch of wind. The project was created through exploring and honing a visual that can convey that phenomenon."
The projects were supported by Creative Arts Across Disciplines, a project generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The James W. Palmer Gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and on Sunday, 12:00-5:00pm.
About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)
In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.
CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines. Learn more about CAAD at http://creativearts.vassar.edu/.
ABOUT THE JAMES W. PALMER III GALLERY
Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.
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