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"Kind Favor, Kind Letter" exhibition open at Faulconer Gallery

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - “Kind Favor, Kind Letter, “ a collaborative exhibition by Grinnell College faculty artist Lee Emma Running; Tatiana Ginsberg of Mount Holyoke College; and Santa Fe sculptor Kate Carr, will open Jan. 28 at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery.

The installation of handmade paper, fabric, thread, and pre-printed material is based on the artists’ previous collaborative exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in 2009. The three first worked together while training as papermakers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

“Hand-making paper is an aesthetic we learned together,” Running said. “The techniques have informed our practices as individual artists. We didn’t need to speak when making paper; our unspoken gestures were our dialogue.”

Gestures also play into the exhibition title, which is based on symbols or gestures from Gregg Shorthand, a phonetic writing system once used for speedy note-taking. The three artists wrote letters to one another as they began their collaboration, and their letters influenced the work on display in the Grinnell installation. “The text connected us across the country, and the garlands in the exhibition represent that connection,” Running said.

The three artists gathered in Grinnell in early January to install the works together. “We wanted to build an environment for the site-specific installation instead of discrete works. And we wanted to bring the show to Grinnell because of the collaborative model so student artists can see how they can stay connected to other artists,” Running said. Her works of paper will also be on display at Upper Iowa University and in Kansas City this spring.

Faulconer Gallery events related to “Kind Favor, Kind Letter” include:

  • Jan. 28, 4:15-6 p.m.: Opening reception.
  • Feb. 15, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Lee Emma Running, assistant professor of art, Grinnell College.
  • Mar. 2, 7:30 p.m.: Open mic night co-sponsored by Grinnell College Libraries
  • Mar. 10, 4:15 p.m.: “Unmapped Topography” gallery talk by Tatiana Ginsberg, Mount Holyoke College.
  • Thursdays, beginning Feb. 3, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: yoga in the gallery with Monica St. Angelo

“Kind Favor, Kind Letter” runs through Mar. 20 concurrent with “Of Fables and Folly,” an exhibition by South African artist Diane Victor. “Kind Favor, Kind Letter” is coordinated by Daniel Strong, associate director of Faulconer Gallery, and will be on display during regular gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.; Thursday, Friday: noon – 8 p.m. or by appointment. All exhibition events are held in Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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"Culturing Community: Projects About Place" opening at Faulconer Gallery

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Four exhibitions—united by a sense of community—will open Sept. 24 at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery.

“‘Culturing Community: Projects about Place’” will “literally and figuratively bring the community of Grinnell into the art museum,” said Lesley Wright, director of the Faulconer Gallery and curator of the exhibitions.

Stories and Histories

Exhibition Date:  9 Mar 2007 -22 Apr 2007

School Year:  2006 - 2007

Location:  Faulconer Gallery
 

This exhibition explores history, personal narrative, and storytelling in works of 20th-century American art in the Grinnell College Art Collection. Curated by Julia McHugh '07 and Faulconer Gallery Director Lesley Wright.

 

Ukucwebezela: Contemporary Zulu Ceramics

 

Year:  2008
Price:  $20
Dimensions:  10.5 x 8 in., 80 pp
 
Guest Curator Elizabeth Perrill '99 organized an exhibition of contemporary Zulu Ceramics produced between 2004 and 2008. The exhibit provides a snapshot of South African contemporary ceramics that relates to the historical production of Zulu beer vessels and sculpture. Perrill's essay explores both the understated differences between works that might go unnoticed by an untrained eye and the newest divergences in Zulu ceramic aesthetics.

 

Heavy Has Debt

For Phoebe Washburn's Faulconer Gallery installation in the summer of 2003, she recycled pieces used from a previous installation. Washburn created a 14-foot tall and 95-foot long curved wall using only small cardboard pieces, drywall screws, and the help of volunteers. To Washburn, her art breaks down the elements of construction to the most basic form. In her words, the process and completed object is so dumb - yet hopefully something amazing emerges from it. 2003.