A gallery talk and reception will close the most recent Davis Gallery exhibit that showcases the work of faculty in the Department of Art, Art History and Architecture. Their pieces include fine art, architectural and applied work demonstrating the breadth of creative practices and ideas in the Hobart and William Smith community. This year, students in the “Studio Art Senior Seminar” course helped design and install the show. Also on display in the Solarium Gallery is “Berlin Politics and Space” by students who studied abroad this summer. The exhibits are part of campus festivities celebrating Homecoming and Family Weekend.
The reception will take place from 5 -7 p.m. in the Davis Gallery at Houghton House. The gallery talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Students will describe the behind the scenes process curating the exhibit, as well as reflect on how the art on display both informs and grounds their academic experience at the Colleges.
“The experience of working on the opening Davis Gallery exhibit was instructive in learning how art shows and galleries operate,” says Adam Farid ’20, a dual major in studio art and media and society.
The Solarium Gallery show Berlin Politics and Space includes pieces by students who studied abroad in Berlin, Germany with Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Gabriella D’Angelo and Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Alysia Kaplan this summer. Their works demonstrate foundational skills in urban observation, mapping, historical research and the act of memory on the creative process. Works are produced by: Sammy Adock ’22, Daphna Bendull ’21, Michael DiBenedetto ’20, Adam Farid ’20, Gabrielle Henry ’22, Caroline Jones ’22, Evan Kifner ’20, Ethan Leon ’19, Sarah Mackecknie ’19, Ara McCorckle ’20, Caroline Turino ’20, Emma Weir ’22 and Owen Weis ’20.
Students in the seminar will again join Visual Arts Curator Anna Wager and Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth in organizing the next exhibit at the Davis Gallery. In conjunction with the Year of Water initiative and the Davis Gallery’s yearlong inquiry into the subject, the show will bring together the work of artists who are concerned with and about water. Titled The Worth of Water, the show will consider the role of water in the forming of societies, as a symbol of idealized beauty, as an entity worthy of protection rather than commodification, and as a byproduct of climate change through the melting of glaciers.
Participating artists in The Worth of Water include: Todd Anderson, Nicole Antebi, Susanna Crum, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicole Pietrantoni and Susan Weisend, as well as works from the Colleges’ Art Collection.