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“Pocket Organs” at The Davis Gallery

Each year, the HWS Department of Art and Architecture welcomes students to Houghton House with an exhibition showcasing the faculty’s contributions to contemporary art. This year’s exhibit, titled “Pocket Organs” by Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Christine Chin, will be on display through Friday, Sept. 23 in The Davis Gallery.

Chin’s range of new media photography has been described as both thought provoking and funny, as it explores a near future where “biotechnology has become accessible to the public,” and “resourceful individuals have taken control over their own health,” says Visual Arts Curator Kathryn Vaughn P’08. “Pocket Organs is a science fiction view of the medical world; in which, people use Do-It-Yourself kits to replace important systems in their bodies,” she explains. For example, in a series of photographs, models wear functional spleens, lungs, and brains that are housed in common household products such as Mason jars and Altoid containers.

Pocket Organs is an introduction to the variety of artwork that will be displayed at The Davis Gallery this year, from the traditional to the cutting-edge. “These exhibitions not only provide stimulus and support for our classes, but a plethora of aesthetic enjoyment for the community as a whole,” says Vaughn.

Chin’s exhibits have been shown nationally and internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science in New York City, Art Basel in Miami Beach and Canon Communication Space in Beijing. Chin holds a BA from Princeton University, an MA in visual art from Purdue University, and an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She began teaching at HWS in 2008.

A reception will be held for Pocket Organs on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. for students, community members, faculty and staff. Chin will discuss her work at 6:30 p.m.

The Davis Gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Located in Houghton House and named after benefactor Clarence “Dave” Davis Jr. ’48, The Davis Gallery was renovated in 2009. The on-campus gallery features six shows each year, inviting numerous acclaimed artists and architects to showcase their work.