Current Exhibitions

Nick Raffel: airfoil

Tuesday, September 6 – Sunday, October 16, 2022


Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery

283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Hours: 
Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
View the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Center for the Arts.

View or download the exhibition handout.

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Nick Raffel’s (b. Portland, Maine, 1982) work in sculpture, installation, and digital modeling considers architectural and infrastructural systems which facilitate the flow of air, water, and gas. Recent works intervene in pre-existing mechanical systems, questioning their efficiency, sustainability, adaptability, and healthfulness. Raffel considers passive solutions to energy production and the ways designed objects, including his sculptures, are situated within and relative to natural forms of energy.

For the airfoil installation in the North Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Raffel researched the temperature and humidity distribution across the gallery, working to create a three-dimensional map of the space. His research also included the function and maintenance of the gallery’s current heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system and the architectural history of the building designed by Roche-Dinkaloo and opened in 1973. The aesthetic ideals of this historic design and the aesthetics of the utilities specifically express historic understandings of energy usage. Raffel’s installation will exist at the junction of these concerns and offer a speculative proposal for the future of this space in the 21st century.

Recent exhibitions include Pied-à-Terre, San Francisco; Regards, Chicago; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany; Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; and JOAN, Los Angeles.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Reception: Nick Raffel - airfoil — Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 4:30pm

Artist Talk by Nick Raffel - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 4:30pm


Image: Installation view of Nick Raffel, airfoil, 2022, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Photography by Dario Lasagni.

 

 

Renee Gladman: THE DREAMS OF SENTENCES

Tuesday, September 6 – Sunday, October 16, 2022


Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery

283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Hours: 
Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
View the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Center for the Arts.

View or download the exhibition handout, including a short essay and checklist.

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Renee Gladman (b. Atlanta, Georgia, 1971) is a writer and artist preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing, and architecture. Her visual work regards the drawing space as a kind of laboratory for thinking about writing: how writing emerges from the body, how narrative moves and takes shape below the semantic level. She is the author of three collections of drawing-writing—Prose Architectures (2017), One Long Black Sentence (2020), and Plans for Sentences (2022)—as well as many works of fiction, essay, and poetry, including Calamities and the Ravicka series.

This exhibition is the largest solo presentation of Gladman’s drawings to date bringing together many larger-scale works which she has developed alongside recent publications.

Gladman has been awarded fellowships, artist grants, and residencies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), and is a 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize winner in fiction.

Co-sponsored by Writing at Wesleyan.

 

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Reception: Renee Gladman — Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 4:30pm

A Reading with Renee Gladman — Tuesday, September 27, 2022 4:30pm

 

Image: Installation view of Renee Gladman, THE DREAMS OF SENTENCES, 2022, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Photography by Dario Lasagni.

 

 

South Asian Experimental Dance Artists: Kinetic Visualities

Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2022


Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Hours:
Thursday through Saturday, Noon to 7pm; Sunday Noon to 5pm
View the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Center for the Arts.

 

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The exhibition Kinetic Visualities will present art processes by the members of SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists), a United States-based collective which explores shared and divergent artistic processes and disrupts representations of South Asian bodies in the diaspora.

Featuring works of video, installation, and drawings by Parijat Desai (New York), Meena Murugesan (Los Angeles), Lionel Popkin (Los Angeles), and Pramila Vasudevan (St. Paul, Minnestota), the exhibition is co-curated by SAEDA, including co-founder Hari Krishnan, Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

This exhibition is part of the 46th annual Navarati Festival at Wesleyan, taking place from Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2, 2022.

RELATED EVENTS

Dance in the Round with Parijat Desai - Friday, September 30, 2022 at 12:15pm, CFA Courtyard. Rain Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery. FREE!

Master Class with Sujata Goel: Bollywood Dance—A Globalized Body - Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11am, Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown. FREE!

Funding for SAEDA is provided by the Mellon Foundation.

Mellon Foundation logo

IMAGES (clockwise from top left)

Parijat Desai
Video still by Alla Kovgan

Pramila Vasudevan
#TripOfALifetime
Photo by Pramila Vasudevan

Meena Murugesan
Visual art glitch: Meena Murugesan
Photo by d. Sabela grimes

Lionel Popkin
Pictured (from left to right) Ajani Brannum, Meena Murugesan, Lionel Popkin in The Oedipus/Antigone Project
Photo by Nicola Goode


 

 

fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94)

Tuesday, November 1 – Sunday, December 11, 2022



Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut

Hours:
Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
View the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for the Center for the Arts.

 

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fron/terra incognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) is an exhibition comprising a series of lectures, performances, readings, and art installations on the broad theme of borders, migration, displacement, and violence. Programming will provoke reflections on the territorial dimensions of borders and their consequential effects.

The exhibition will be anchored by the Hostile Terrain (HT94) installation in the gallery. HT94 has been installed at many institutions both nationally and globally in 2021 and throughout 2022. The work of forensic anthropologist and MacArthur Fellow Jason de León (University of California, Los Angeles), HT94 is a visceral and visual documentation of migrant deaths along the United States / Mexico border. ​The exhibition is composed of over 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. The installation will be created by Wesleyan student volunteers, who record identifying details of each person and then pin the toe tags to a map of the border region.

HT94 will be installed in the gallery along with other artworks in dialogue with de León's work. Ranging from video, photography, sound installation and film, artwork includes a photo series about potential migrants departing from markets for enslaved persons in Cameroon by POLOFREE, video work by Yto Barrada, Denise Ferreira de Silva and Arjuna Neuman, Randa Maroufi, and Ghita Skali. Alongside the installations, the exhibition will include a series of invited special guest experts who will speak on the theme of border/lands and displacement, including Nigerian writer and art critic Emmanuel Iduma, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author of The Undocumented Americans; Saida Hodžić, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University; and Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research; who will speak on the theme of border/lands and displacement. A non-lending reading room with related texts on the core concepts of the exhibition will also be included in the gallery installation. Wesleyan University is a hosting partner of HT94.

The exhibition and related programming is provided by Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, College of the Environment, the Anthropology Department, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, African Studies, and CT Humanities.

Image: Installation view, Hostile Terrain 94, Toe Tag Wall Prototype, 2019 (Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College). Photo by Daniel Lopez, courtesy the Undocumented Migration Project.

 

Related Events

Talk by Writer and Art Critic Emmanuel Iduma: Monday, September 26, 2022 at 4:30pm

Talk by Miriam Ticktin: Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5pm

Talk by Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio: Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 4:30pm

Talk by Saida Hodžić: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 4:30pm

Talk by Jason De León, Undocumented Migration Project and creator of Hostile Terrain 94: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:30pm on Zoom