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.
Dark Commander: The Art of John Scott
October 10–December 14, 2014
In coarse black lines, hand-scratched metal, fragmented text and visceral color, Canadian artist John Scott traces the trajectory of heavy industry, high technology, military might and maniacal folly as they clear-cut their way through blighted landscapes and a besieged human psyche. From his working-class roots, the self-aware and wry-humored Scott has remained consistent and eerily prescient in raw-edged drawings and found-object installations that plot a vector from Space Age optimism — mankind’s ‘‘ giant leap’’ in the 20th century — to the nihilism of unceasing war and terror in the 21st. In just over 35 years we’ve gone from the Voyager spacecraft to the Predator drone, and all along John Scott seems to have seen this new reality coming.
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.
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.