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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27


Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist’s Books by Robin Price, Publisher

Davison Art Center, Clare Rogan, curator

Book artist and fine press printer Robin Price is known for taking artistic risks within the context of the traditional format of the book. Her work embraces chance, serendipity, and randomness, and she thrives on collaboration with a wide range of artists. The results are beautiful, challenging, and memorable. Chronicling her development from an accomplished letterpress printer into an innovative book artist, this exhibition will showcase published works and archival materials, editions and unique books, and solo and collaborative work.

Daniel Heyman Bearing Witness: Stories from the Front Lines

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Nina Felshin, curator

For the past four years, Daniel Heyman has traveled to Jordan and Turkey to meet with former detainees, paint their portraits, and record their testimonies. This exhibition includes painted and printed portraits of Iraqis who were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib and other sites in Iraq. Each delicately rendered and evocative portrait includes first-person testimony gathered by the artist while sitting in on interviews between the Iraqi victims and their American lawyers in Istanbuland Amman from 2006 to 2008. Additional bodies of work include portraits of African American Philadelphians, and portraits of U.S. veterans. A large-scale, site-specific installation will be featured in North Gallery. By placing the installation on wooden scaffolding, elevating the viewer above ground level, Heyman’s intention is to create a new and precarious space for the contemplation of aesthetics and politics. Heyman received degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania and prestigious grants from the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Independence Foundation, the AMJ Foundation and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell and the Nagasawa Art Park in Awajishima, Japan. Heyman lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton University, and Swarthmore College.

Shoyoan: Celebrating the Freeman Family Garden

Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Patrick Dowdey, curator

For fifteen years the Freeman Family Garden and Tatami Room—our Shoyoan—have lent the homely, friendly air of a Japanese home to the Center for East Asian Studies. As you sip tea in the tatami room, you can look out on the turning of the seasons, compose a poem, meditate or just relax. In rain or snow, summer sun or falling leaves, the garden and tatami room offer a retreat for contemplation, meeting friends and taking time. Our exhibition features photographs, poetry and video that celebrate time and season in Wesleyan’s very special jewel of a garden.

Inspiration and Effect: The Students of Robin Price,
Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist

Olin Library

Organized in conjunction with the Davison Art Center exhibition Counting on Chance, this exhibition at Olin Library will highlight the work of artists and printers who have studied with Robin Price.