Current Exhibitions

The Language in Common

Tuesday September 14, 2021 - Sunday December 12, 2021

Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:30pm; Curator Talk by Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee at 5pm.

Exhibition and related events are free. The general public will be welcomed back to the Wesleyan campus this fall. Unvaccinated patrons must adhere to and follow the University's COVID-19 safety guidelines of wearing a mask and 6' social distancing, whether they are outdoors or indoors; indoor events may require additional safety measures. Please check this page closer to the event date for updated information.


Cecilia Vicuna artwork


The group exhibition The Language in Common presents artistic practices that site language in the space between poetry, visual art, and their performance. Moving beyond the spectacle of the origination of poetry or art, this project seeks to allow memory as a creative act in the process of making experience common, of making space for a new imaginary. The exhibition will bring together five artists whose work engages with politics on the periphery of hegemony, including Cecilia Vicuña (b.1948, Chile), Tanya Lukin Linklater (b.1976, Alutiiq), Julien Creuzet (b.1986, France), Jasper Marsalis (b.1995, U.S.), and Alice Notley (b.1945, U.S.). Featuring works encompassing installation, sculpture, video, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as newly-commissioned works developed in response to the exhibition, The Language in Common aims towards what the poet Alice Notley calls “the language that holds all being together.”

Additional programming will include a small series of poetry chapbooks featuring poetry shared by the participating artists available for free to gallery visitors. This exhibition is supported by the English Department, Connecticut Humanities, the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, and the Center for the Arts.


Performance and Artist Talk by Cecilia Vicuña
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 6pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Hosted by the English Department

Conversation with Tanya Lukin Linklater and Steve Lyons
October 2021
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Moderated by Associate Professor of History Jeffers Lennox.

Artist Talk by Julien Creuzet
RSVP required for access to virtual event.

Performance and Artist Talk by Jasper Marsalis

Cecilia Vicuña, Quipu Viscera, 2017.
Installation with unspun wool. Dimensions variable.
© Cecilia Vicuña.
Image courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin New York, London, Hong Kong and Seoul.