The Alumni Show II

[Ben Weiner ’03]

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents

The Alumni Show II
Friday, September 6 — Sunday, December 8, 2013

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, The Alumni Show II will be on view in Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, December 8, 2013. The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is located at 283 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. Gallery admission is free.

The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on The Alumni Show held in November and December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists.

Organized by guest curator John Ravenal '81 P'15, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the exhibition features work that spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films.

Read the article and view photos on the Wesleyan Connection here.

Attend these following public events:

  • Opening Reception
    Tuesday, Sep 10 from 5 PM to 7 PM
  • Centrifugal March - Performance/Installation by Aki Sasamoto '04
    Tuesday, Sep 10 at 7:30 PM
    Art Studio North, Center for the Arts
  • Films by Liz Magic Laser '03
    Distressed (2009), Mine (2009), Flight (2011) Thursday, Oct 17 at 7 PM
    Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
  • We Buy White Albums - Event by Rutherford Change '02
    Saturday, Nov 2 from 2 PM to 6 PM
    Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception:
    Saturday, Nov 2 from 2 PM to 4 PM
    Talk at 2:30 PM by John Ravenal '81 P'15

Image: Cave 2012 by Ben Weiner '03

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About the Artists

  • Ian Boyden '95 is artist-in-residence at Grass Mountain Residency for the Arts on the Oregon coast. He creates evocative, otherworldly drawings made with homemade pigments, often created from unusual materials such as crushed meteorites, shark teeth, freshwater pearls, and carbon sourced from the aftermath of forest fires.
  • Stephanie Calvert '08 creates detailed studies of mineral formations and precious gems, based on photographs and painted in oils on burnished aluminum panels.
  • Rutherford Chang '02 will be in residence to buy copies of The Beatles' "The White Album" at Wesleyan University on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm. His installation "We Buy White Albums" started in New York City (January through March 2013), then traveled to the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in June and July 2013. He catalogues and reorders familiar cultural markers by imposing a new, external logic.
  • Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79 is a composer, performing musician, and Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has made extensive use of homemade electronic circuitry, altered musical instruments, and found sound material, producing unexpected results from simple and familiar means. Mr. Collins was one of the artists featured in the exhibition "Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends)" curated by Andrea Miller-Keller in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery in November and December 2011.
  • Renée Green '81 is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and Director of the M.I.T. Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Collecting, and its related practices of deconstruction and reconstruction, often take the form of densely layered installations in her work.
  • Raphael Griswold '06 adapts his drawing method to emulate the mechanical process of a computer printer, touching on the issue of mutability of images.
  • John Hatleberg '79 is a conceptual gem artist who describes himself as the world’s leading counterfeiter of famous diamonds. His exact replica of the "Hope Diamond" is one of the featured works in The Alumni Show II.
  • Gabriela Herman '03 is a portrait, fine art and lifestyle photographer who divides her time between Brooklyn, Martha’s Vineyard and Brazil. She offers intimate glimpses of women and men usually identified only by their blogger identities.
  • Elsie Kagan '99 creates stormy, monumentally-scaled paintings that plunge viewers into mythical or historical landscapes.
  • Liz Magic Laser '03 will have three of her films screened on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7pm. She served as the commissioned artist for the 2013 Armory Show, one of the largest international contemporary art fairs. She makes performance-based art steeped in cross-disciplinary approaches, merging live theater, film, and video to deconstruct the mechanisms of political melodrama. Ms. Laser was one of the artists featured in the debut of the "Performance Now" exhibition curated by RoseLee Goldberg in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from September to December 2012. She was also part of a WESeminar about Performance Art in October 2012.
  • Danielle Mysliwiec '98 uses extruded strands of paint to create finely detailed abstract compositions that resemble hand-woven textiles. Ms. Mysliwiec was part of a WESeminar about Performance Art in October 2012.
  • Ed Osborn '87 is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Art Department at Brown University whose sound art pieces take many forms, including installation, sculpture, radio, video, performance, and public projects. Embracing the stillness and eerie quiet of the high Arctic, his "Albedo Prospect" in The Alumni Show offers a vision of the immense scale and general strangeness of the polar landscape.
  • Juliana Romano '04 explores popular culture and mediated reality using the traditional genre of portraiture, reworking published images of celebrities and other, non-famous young women.
  • Aki Sasamoto '04 works in performance, sculpture, and dance. She recently performed at the Gwangju Biennial in South Korea and the Whitney Biennial in New York. With Arturo Vidich, she co-founded Culture Push, a non-profit arts organization in which diverse professionals meet through artist-led projects and cross-disciplinary symposia. Ms. Sasamoto was part of a WESeminar about Performance Art in October 2012.
  • Arturo Vidich '03 is a hybrid performance/visual artist who merges the scripted and improvised, live and taped. His boundary-pushing performances often feature intense relationships with animals as a means for exploring human identity. In his work "Body Island," rats climb freely over his limbs and torso as he navigates a small, damp room. With Aki Sasamoto, he co-founded Culture Push. Mr. Vidich was part of a WESeminar about Performance Art in October 2012.
  • Stephanie Washburn '03 creates painterly photographs, staged images which stem from a literal mash-up of the digital and material. She is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles.
  • Ben Weiner '03 creates large-scale and extremely detailed photographic paintings of blobs of paint, suggesting uncanny resemblances to landscapes and the interior of bodies. He is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles.