Center For the Arts

Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459

860-685-3355
cfa@wesleyan.edu

Center for the Arts

Current Exhibitions

Picture/Thing

Tuesday January 27, 2015 - Sunday March 1, 2015
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm
FREE!

Curated by Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky and Professor of Art Jeffrey Schiff


Picture/ThingAnouk Kruithof, "Façade," 2014, inkjet prints, plexiglass, polystyrene, cellophane foil, bricks, 55.5 x 43.3 x 39.4 inches.


Picture/Thing
presents ten artists—Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison, Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Anouk Kruithof, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, and Letha Wilson—who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. These artists take varying approaches to material, technology, and presentation, expanding and redrawing the traditional perimeters of both. Defying photography's specificity as a "window onto the world," some prioritize the materiality of the photograph over the actual image, while others migrate the graphic flatness of the photograph into the full dimensionality of the sculptural realm. Undoubtedly a response to the immateriality and infinite reproducibility of digital technology, the surveyed works insist on both the physical presence and uniqueness associated with sculpture, and the indexical relationship to the physical world exemplified by photography, resulting in a new formulation: a picture/thing.


Opening Reception  - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 5pm to 6:30pm; Talk by the curators Sasha Rudensky and Jeffrey Schiff at 5:30pm in the Main Gallery. Snow date: Thursday, January 29, 2015. FREE!

Artist Lecture: Rachel Harrison - Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:30pm in CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. FREE!

Artist Panel - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Main Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery featuring Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, and Letha Wilson; and the curators Sasha Rudensky and Jeffrey Schiff. FREE!


A Body in Fukushima

Tuesday February 3, 2015 - Sunday March 1, 2015

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery 
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm
FREE!

A Body in Fukushima"Eiko in Fukushima, Komagamine No. 146, 17 January 2014," digital photo, 13.3" x 20", photo by William Johnston.


A Body in Fukushima
is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the explosions of the Daiichi nuclear plant made the area uninhabitable. Sometimes in vulnerable gestures and at other times in a fierce dance, Ms. Otake embodies grief, anger, and remorse. Mr. Johnston’s crystalline images capture her with the cries of the Fukushima landscapes. “By placing my body in these places,” she says, “I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. I danced so as not to forget.” A project of witness, remembrance, and empathy, A Body in Fukushima grapples with the reality of human failure. As Mr. Johnston writes, “By witnessing events and places, we actually change them and ourselves in ways that may not always be apparent but are important.”

William Johnston is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan, and Eiko Otake is Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies. 

Tuesday, February 3 through Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4pm
Davison Art Center
Clare I. Rogan, Curator
FREE!

Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed Friday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 24, 2015
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Patrick Dowdey
, Curator
FREE!


Artist Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston - Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 5:30pm in CFA Hall. Snow date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015. FREE!

Gallery Tours and Opening Receptions - Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm, walking tour of the three galleries starting from the CFA Hall at 6pm. Snow date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015. FREE!

Lecture by Richard J. Samuels: 3.11—Disaster and Change in Japan - Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies. FREE!

Eiko Otake: A Body in Places - Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10pm in Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street, Middletown. FREE!

The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8pm in the Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies. Featuring Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 and Eiko Otake. FREE!

Exhibition Reboot and Gallery Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston - Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Noon in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. FREE!


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