Exhibits & Programs
Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy
Curated by Vanessa Kwan and Kimberly Phillips
Featuring: Billy-Ray Belcourt, Mike Bourscheid, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Justine A. Chambers, Noa Giniger
March 23—April 27, 2018
Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy proposes a re-consideration of melancholia defined through our contemporary condition. Resisting the historical definition of melancholy as an affliction that creates disorder or inactivity, this exhibition reimagines passive sadness as powerful refusal, a conscious (or unconscious) “standing aside,” a wilful production of generative failures and resistant potencies. Each of the contributing artists begins with the idea that outside the boundaries of “contentment” resides a potent flourishing. Unwilling is a resistance and a proposition: it responds to the profound cultural reckoning we are witnessing at this moment in time, as the boundaries and exclusions of state-defined citizenship become increasingly fraught. The exhibition asserts that sadness might be a defining aspect of an active and resistant subject, and proposes that the future, if it is to hold us at all, must address this subject head on.
Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy is made possible with support from the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Hurford Center's 2017-18 Faculty Seminar "The Arts of Melancholy" led by Richard Freedman (Music).
- Artist Roundtable
Thursday, March 22, 2018
- ten thousand times and one hundred more
Friday, March 23, 2018
10:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Campus-wide Itinerant Event
- Curators’ Talk & Opening Reception
Friday, March 23, 2018
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Noa Giniger, The Sorrow the Joy Brings, collage from steel engraving (Napoleons Grab, 1838), 2012. 16.5 x 21 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
2018 Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
May 4–19, 2018
The 2018 Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition, which represents the culmination of studies for art majors graduating this spring, will be on view at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery May 4-19. The exhibition will include work by all nine of this year’s seniors.
In back, left to right: Katherine Anjali Singh BMC (painting), Seneca Sayre Shetty BMC (painting), Georgina Renée Johnson BMC (sculpture and printmaking), Hou Wang BMC (drawing), Julia Castner BMC (painting) and Christopher Bechen (printmaking); center: Taarika Mariwala BMC (printmaking); front: Alina van Ryzin BMC (photography) and Harper Olmon BMC (drawing).