Two Faulconer Gallery exhibitions include ceramics by Jill Davis Schrift and video installations by Guggenheim Fellow Greg Smith.
Students in Museum Studies give visitors a chance to ask questions and learn more about works in the Faulconer Gallery's Wunderkammer exhibit.
Over the past several years, Michigan-born artist Sandow Birk has turned his interest and extensive travels in the Islamic world into a project to transcribe by hand an English-translated text of the 114 suras, or chapters, of the Qur'an. While adhering to traditional guidelines for formatting the text, he adds his own scenes of everyday Americana, uniting on the page what some believe to be mutually distinct, even opposing and irreconcilable, ways of life.
Photographer Lorna Bieber builds her monumental installations from the vast array of images that activate contemporary culture. Through an intense process of taking and remaking these found images, Bieber creates a visual language that evokes memories of past worlds while stoking the imagination to conjure new ones.
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.
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.
GRINNELL, IA— Artists John F. Simon, Jr. and Matthew Kluber build works that challenge assumptions about digital art in the exhibition, “Hybrid Media: John F. Simon, Jr. and Matthew Kluber,” opening Friday, April 9, in Faulconer Gallery on the Grinnell College campus.