Clockwise, from upper left: Cindy Ji (photography/printmaking), Ainsley Bruton (painting), Samantha Berg (printmaking), Alexa Biswal (printmaking), Sherry (Mingwei) Gao (drawing), Jay Thomas (painting), Emma Nikols (drawing), Flame Ruethaimetapat (painting), Chloë Epstein (printmaking) and Rachel Grand (printmaking).
Exhibits & Programs
Notes for Tomorrow
February 15-April 11, 2021
Notes for Tomorrow features artworks from around the world, brought together to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the ever-present backdrop of the crisis, Independent Curators International (ICI) turned to 30 curators from 25 countries to question and reassess values and relevance in contemporary culture, and to share an artwork they believe is vital to be seen today.
Many of the artworks in Notes for Tomorrow address spirituality as a grounding mechanism, sharing ways to make sense of the world when so much is in doubt. Some engage with specific mythology, while others reveal political structures that may or may not still be standing. The formation of monuments is questioned, and their removal is all but certain. The exhibition addresses art’s potential in the construction of collective memory in a global era. In this cultural moment of transition, each work is a source of inspiration from the recent past and a guiding perspective for the future.
Notes for Tomorrow is a traveling exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI) and initiated by Frances Wu Giarratano, Becky Nahom, Renaud Proch, and Monica Terrero. The artworks were selected by alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, a professional development program for emerging curators that has helped foster a new generation of curators since 2010. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art Fund, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum, and The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College.
do it (home) Part 2
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
In 1993, Hans Ulrich Obrist together with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, conceived do it, an exhibition based entirely on artists’ instructions, which could be followed to create temporary art works for the duration of a show. do it has challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space. Since do it began, many new versions have appeared, including do it (museum), do it (tv), and do it (in school). Over time, do it has grown from 12 to over 400 sets of artists’ instructions, and has been shown in more than 150 art spaces in over 15 countries.
As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay at home, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is joining Independent Curators International (ICI) and over 30 art spaces around the world in sharing do it (home). A version of do it envisioned by Obrist in 1995, do it (home) assembles a set of artists instructions that can easily be realized in one’s own home.
Slavs and Tatars present The Contest of the Fruits
The Contest of the Fruits project will consist of an array of activities with Slavs and Tatars through fall 2021 that will explore physical and cultural borders, heritage, and identity through an extended artist residency, animated film, an exhibition at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, public programs, and a publication.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Poetry Reading 5-6pm EST / Discussion and Q&A 6-6:30pm EST
At a time when their homelands are engulfed in crisis, two poets, one from the Uyghur region, the other from Kashmir, are giving voice to what it means to survive anguish and find a way to live, love, dream, and hope. Tahir Hamut Izgil and Abdul Manan Bhat’s struggles inflect their voices: their lines are haunted by loss, and carry the bewilderments and unmoorings of being forced to leave home. Yet their poems also contain hope, and point to the imaginative and creative resources we can marshall to contend with our world. Come hear these two poets read their works in the original Uyghur and Urdu, while their translators, Joshua L. Freeman and Partha P. Chakrabartty, read their English renderings.
2021 Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
May 14 to May 29, 2021
The 2021 Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, representing the culmination of studies at Haverford for the ten seniors graduating this spring, will be on view in Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery from May 14 to May 29, 2021.