Image: Rachel Harrison, AA, 2010, wood, bubble wrap, cardboard, acrylic, tennis shirt, A/V cart, DVD player, speakers, projector, extension cord, five hair rollers, pack of gum, ear plugs, American Apparel video, color/sound (2009), 80 x 70 x 70 inches, Video 18:00 mins (looped), courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

Artist Lecture: Rachel Harrison '89

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:30pm
CFA Hall


"Putty in the Blister," a lecture by Rachel Harrison '89, one of the artists featured in the Picture/Thing exhibition.

Click here to read "The Shape We’re In," a feature about the timely sculpture of Rachel Harrison by Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker.

Picture/Thing presents ten artists—Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison '89, 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.

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

CFA Arts Administration Intern Chloe Jones ’15 talks with Assistant Professor of Art Sasha Rudensky about the Picture/Thing exhibition on the Center for the Arts blog here.

On display from Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Gallery open Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm.

Picture/Thing is organized by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts with support from the Department of Art and Art History and the Office of Academic Affairs.