Student-curated exhibition displays treasures of Grinnell College Collection

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:30 pm

 

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery will present “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux, Selections from the Grinnell College Art Collection,” a student-curated exhibition featuring 50 works from the college’s collection and running Jan. 29-March. 21.

“Repeat, Reveal, React” focuses on the theme of repetition in art and its relation to identity. The exhibition was developed by 11 students in a seminar course taught by Jenny Anger, associate professor of art. The seminar is offered every three years by the Grinnell art department. Anger’s students spent the semester learning about the various roles and functions of repetition in art throughout history, and selected pieces from the college’s art collection that relate to repetition and the formation of personal, national, and other identities.

“People often think of repetition as boring or monotonous,” said Nora Frazin, a Grinnell College senior and one of the student curators. “We hope to challenge this assumption by showing artworks that use repetition in different and exciting ways.”

The three “re”s of the title reflect how the images produce and reproduce identity. Many of the works are prints, which by nature are reproduced multiple times, and the many unique types of repetition in the show encourage viewers to interact with the works and reflect on their own identities.

“Repeat, Reveal, React” will run concurrently with “Influence: Faculty Selections from Grinnell College Collections,” a show curated by Grinnell College faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Together the two shows are the largest exhibition of works from the collection yet shown in Faulconer Gallery, with over 100 works on display.

Events related to “Repeat, Reveal, React” include:

• Fri., Jan. 29, 4:15-6 p.m.: Opening reception with music by the G-Tones, Grinnell’s all-male a cappella group.

• Wed., Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: A collection of international film shorts examine varying issues of identity from the early 1930s through today. Co-sponsored by Cultural Film Committee.

• Thu., Feb. 11, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery tour of “Repeat, Reveal, React” led by student curators of the exhibition.

• Sat., Feb. 13, 1-3 p.m.: Community Day in Faulconer Gallery will introduce people of all ages to the Faulconer’s exhibits “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux” and “Influence: Faculty Selections from Grinnell College Collections” through hands-on activities, stories, and tours.

• Fri., Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by art historian Hal Wert discussing the impact of political posters in “Influence and Repetition: Totalitarian Posters and Democratic Society.” Co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs and Writers@Grinnell.

• Fri., Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Luther Davis, a 1993 graduate who is master printer at Axelle Fine Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the process of collaborative printmaking.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Gallery hours through March 21 are Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visitwww.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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