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The Alumni Show II: Zilkha Art Gallery


In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on the first Alumni Show held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary for the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance and films. The artists featured are: Ian H. Boyden ’95, Stephanie Calvert ’08, Rutherford Chang ’02, Nicolas Collins ’76 MA ’79, Renee Green ’81, Raphael Griswold ’06, John Hatleberg ’79, Gabriela Herman ’03, Elsie Kagan ’99, Liz Magic Laser ’03, Danielle Mysliwiec ’98, Ed Osborn ’87, Juliana Romano ’04, Aki Sasamoto ’04, Arturo Vidich ’03, Stephanie Washburn ’03 and Ben Weiner ’03

Guest Curator: John Ravenal ’81

Dates: September 6th through December 8th

Opening Reception: Tuesday September 10th – 5-7pm – Centrifugal Marchperformance by Aki Sasamoto ’04 at 7:30pm at CFA Art Studio North

Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception
Saturday, November 2nd – 2-4pm – gallery open 12-6pm – talk by the curator at 2:30pm

Related Events
Films by Liz Magic Laser ’03 – Thursday october 17 – 7pm at Center for Film Studies

We Buy White Albums: event by Rutherford Chang ’02 – Saturday November 2nd – 2-6pm at Zilkha Gallery

Come visit the gallery! Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Closed November 20-25th, 2013.

Submit to the Upcoming SWERVED Show

A while back we mentioned the relaunch of SWERVED, our favorite local online student art collective.

SWERVED is coming back at you with a reminder to submit to their upcoming show in Wesleyan’s very own Zilkha Gallery. The show will run November 7th-18th, but submissions will only be accepted through October 27th, so get that art made quick!

All the cool kids are doing it.

Performance Now Opening Reception and Gallery Talk

Wesleyan, as usual, has decided to subvert the existing field of creative work by recognizing performance “art” as an acceptable medium. As if. Alex Hunt ’13 brings you all the gory details:

Performance Now (Friday, September 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2012) will debut at Wesleyan and will show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition feature video and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, as well as a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson ’05.

Performance Now is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.

What: Performance Now opening reception (free food!) & gallery talk by RoseLee Goldberg!
When: Tuesday, September 11, 5-7pm; gallery talk at 5:30pm
Where: Wherever art is made (in this case, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery)

Balls, Bruises and Blocks: Discussing the Performance of Masculinity in Sports

Guys, I’m posting to Wesleying from one of those Olin compooters, and it’s lame. Well, not really. Well, kinda really. I don’t know. Anyway, courtesy of Cool Cat ’77, check out the blurb for this discussion tomorrow if you missed it in your email:

How are gender, race and class performed in sporting events? How are such repeated public performances embedded into American male culture? The Center for the Arts will host a panel consisting of Professor of Psychology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Jill Morawski, Assistant Professor of Sociology Greg Goldberg and Wesleyan student-athletes Allee Beatty ’13 (Softball), Luke Erickson ’12 (Wrestling), and Casey Reed ’12 (Volleyball). The panel will also question the possibilities for transgression and the alternative masculinities that might be performed.

In association with Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, on view through Sunday, October 23

Date: Tomorrow, Oct. 12
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery


Sam Hart ’10 writes:

Self Assembly examines the complexity and beauty of life as described by the smallest biological molecules. A space designed to wrap viewers in moving color fields, this piece is a personal exploration that draws parallels to my research in biophysics, entertains questions about our inexorable relationship with technology and celebrates the beauty of our physical universe. Different lighting sketches going up throughout the week.

Date/Time: NOW, ALWAYS (…the week of April 19th)
PLACE: Zilkha Gallery

Opening Reception for BE THE ART: You Want To See In The World

From Sonia Davis ’10:

Come to the opening reception for BE THE ART: You Want To See In The World, the student art show formerly known as Skittles. There will be refreshments, student performances, and a chance to meet featured guest artist Mica Anaya ’08. The exhibition will run until February 27.

Co-Sponsored by Wesleyan University’s Center for African American Studies, Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships, Wesleyan World Wednesdays, and Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

Date: Feb. 11
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Zilkha South Gallery
Cost: Free

You really don’t want to miss this one.

Eye of History: Discussion on Documentary Photography

Several of the photographers whose works are currently displayed in the Zilkha Gallery will be on campus tomorrow afternoon. Come for their panel discussion, Eye of History: The Camera as Witness, followed by a book signing and public reception:

Internationally renowned documentary photographers Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman and Susan Meiselas join acclaimed writer and critic David Levi Strauss in a panel discussion about photography’s role in the world today. Wesleyan President and historian Michael Roth will introduce the panel. A Q&A session will follow. Participating as audience members will be a significant number of international scholars of photography and history including former photo editor of the NY Times, Vicki Goldberg.

Following the Panel there will be a public reception and book signing at Zilkha Gallery at 6:30 pm. If you haven’t seen it already the reception will be a wonderful opportunity to view the current exhibition curated by Nina Felshin, “Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography,” which features works by the Panel presenters and other artists.

All are welcome. Hope you can join us for this exciting event.

To visit the presentation’s website, click here.

Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: CFA Cinema, then viewing at 6:30 in Zilkha Gallery

Zilkha Photo Exhibition Reviewed by NY Times

The current exhibition in Wesleyan’s own Zilkha Gallery, “Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography”, got a great review in the New York Times today:

Despite its title — “Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography” — the exhibition at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University contains many artworks that are not, strictly speaking, documentary photographs…

But this in no way negates the show’s powerful premise, which is to encourage viewers to think about the ways in which artists and photographers use and abuse documentary principles. Nina Felshin, the gallery’s curator, has done a terrific job assembling interesting and provocative work in this vein, the best of which invite viewers to consider issues of agency, context and interpretation in documentary-based art.

Not bad! The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists/photographers including Wendy Ewald, Eric Gottesman, Emily Jacir, Matthew Buckingham, An-My Le, and Kota Ezawa.

The exhibition will be on display through December 7, which gives you a good two months to wander into the CFA sometime and check it out.

NY Times: Art Review: Not Quite Documentary Art