The Faulconer Gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists throughout the year in 7,420 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space at the heart of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Print and Drawing Study Room and Burling Gallery, located on the lower level of Burling Library, focus on objects in the Grinnell College Art Collection as well as objects directly related to Grinnell College classes during the spring and fall semesters. Click on the links below for exhibitions current, future, and past, as well as student-curated exhibitions resulting from Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs) and the Gallery's triennial Exhibition Seminar.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument
January 23–March 15, 2015
Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his tenures photographing for the Farm Security Administration (1941-1945) and Life Magazine (1948-1972), Parks also found success as a film director, writer and composer. This exhibition explores Gordon Parks' first photographic essay for Life Magazine in 1948, "Harlem Gang Leader." After gaining the trust of one particular group of gang members and their leader, Leonard "Red" Jackson, Parks produced a series of photographs that are artful, poignant, and, at times, shocking. From this large body of work (Parks made hundreds of negatives) the editors at Life selected 21 pictures to print in the magazine, often cropping or enhancing details in the pictures. The exhibition, featuring vintage photographs, original issues of Life Magazine, contact sheets and proof prints, traces this editorial process and parses out the various voices and motives behind the production of the picture essay, raising important questions about photography as a documentary tool and a narrative device, its role in addressing social concerns, and its function in the world of publishing.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument was organized by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Playing it Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today
January 23 – March 15, 2015
In 2001, The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, acquired more than 70 German Expressionist prints from the collection of John L. and Roslyn Bakst Goldman of Rochester, NY. Since then, the Goldmans have formed a new collection of prints by international contemporary artists. This exhibition will feature both collections side-by-side, demonstrating the Goldmans’ continued interests in cutting-edge printmaking and their fidelity to Expressionist ideals, including a wide variety of printing processes, masterful technique, and challenging subject matter.
The Education Project Photo Exhibition
January 26 – March 15, 2015
Photographer Sandra Steinbrecher creates a documentary portrait of three Chicago high schools facing profound challenges. While embedded in Harper, Fenger and Marshall high schools, she recorded the struggles and triumphs of daily life in these schools. Her project includes images and stories of students and teachers, as well as journalists, activists and politicians and captures their energy and commitment. The exhibition provides a visual record of what it means to be a student in an urban school today, and is presented in conjunction with the Careers in Education program, and a Rosenfield Symposium on reform in Chicago
Against Reason: Enlightenment Printmaking by Callot, Hogarth, Piranesi and Goya
April 3 – August 2, 2015
Curated by students in the exhibition seminar
Against Reason explores the darker side of the Enlightenment by asking, among other things, what are the dangers of secularism, nationalism, and a scientific method that dismisses rather than exalts the qualities that make us both human and humane. This pan-European exhibition includes works by Jacques Callot, William Hogarth, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Francisco Goya. The exhibition was curated by students Elizabeth Allen ‘16, Timothy McCall ‘15, Mai Pham ‘16, Maria Shevelkina ‘15, Dana Sly ‘15, Hannah Storch ‘16, and Emma Vale ‘15, who wrote the catalogue during the exhibition seminar (Fall 2014), under the direction of J. Vanessa Lyon, assistant professor of Art History.
Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX)
April 10 – May 3, 2015
Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) features work by third and fourth-year art students – both majors and students in other majors who work intensively in studio. Students coordinate the exhibition with support from the Faulconer staff: from the submission of proposals, to the selection of a juror, to the installation and awarding of prizes.
Open to Interpretation
May 15 – August 2, 2015
Curated by Tilly Woodward, Curator of Academic and Community Outreach, and Lesley Wright, Director
The Faulconer Gallery collection is filled with intriguing and curious works of art, which can be enjoyed or interpreted in many different ways. This summer exhibition brings together a range of works and asks visitors to provide comments and captions, selections of which will be shared for others to enjoy and ponder.
Past exhibitions are listed in order for each academic year, beginning with the summer exhibition(s) prior to the fall semester of each year and continuing through the spring semester. Purchase an exhibition catalog
Quiet Smiles; Complex Conversations: Wilie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works; Between These Pages: Collective Memories In Art; Journeys of Wonder: From Curiosity to Insight; BAX: Bachelor of Arts Exhibition; Scott Hocking; Quality Uncertainty: The Market for Lemons; Jill Davis Schrift: Works in Clay; Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles; From Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884; Decay: The Ephemeral Body in Art
PORTFOLIO: Artists Work in Series; Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection;Constructing Nature; Breach; we're all in this together; Robert Polidori: Selected Works; Animals Among Us; Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) 2013; Scott Hudson: Wild Horses; Margaret Whiting: Environmental Concerns; Lorna Bieber: From a Distance
Liz Steketee: Family Album; Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Iowa; From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China; Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979; Bare Bones: Art as Social Satire; Sandow Birk's American Qur'an; Student Art Salon 2012; There's Something Happening Here;Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays; 1966 Yearbook Project; Student Art Salon 2012
Bryan Drury: Feast; Harry Shearer: Silent Echo Chamber; Michael Van den Besselaar: Unconscious Optics; Mark Wagner: Face Value; Sandow Birk: American Qur'an; Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev's Thaw, 1956-1964; Culturing Community: Projects About Place; Kind Favor, Kind Letter: Kate Carr, Tatiana Ginsberg, Lee Emma Running; Of Fables and Folly: Diane Victor, Recent Work; Ar(t)chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990; Women in Conflict; Student Art Salon 2011
Student Curated Exhibitions
One of the features of the Faulconer Gallery's exhibition program is its support of student-curated exhibitions that are the fulfillment of Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs), internships at the Faulconer Gallery, or the Exhibition Seminar, a combined course and exhibition directed by faculty members of the Department of Art in partnership with the Faulconer Gallery. The Seminar's purpose is to support students in the organization of an exhibition from the College's permanent collection based on subject matter, criteria, and objects selected entirely by the student participants. They set the exhibition checklist, supervise the design and installation, and write essays about their selected works that are compiled in a professionally designed and illustrated exhibition catalog published by the Faulconer Gallery. Follow the links below to see past student-curated exhibitions, and visit our publications page to find catalogs available for purchase.