Exhibition runs Tuesday, Jan. 3, through Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.
Jacob Lawrence Gallery hours are Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, and Sat, 1–5pm.
Events during the reception:
- 5:30pm: Remarks by curators and artists
- 6pm: Performance titled Facing It by Erin Lynch (Creative Writing; PER4M 4M member)
- 6:30pm: Performance titled How Great Thou Art by Clare Halpine (Photomedia; PER4M 4M member)
- 7pm: Sandpaper Quilt Quilting Bee with Cicelia Ross-Gotta (3D4M; PER4M 4M member)
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Jacob Lawrence's birth, we are pleased to present Utopia Neighborhood Club, a series of highly-participatory exhibitions and programs meant to generate ideas about the Jacob Lawrence Gallery's potential new space and future mission. As a young teen, Lawrence took some of his first art classes at Utopia Neighborhood Club, an organization that provided social services to the under-served in Harlem during the early part of the 20th-century. Breaking that name down, “club” hopes to explore the role of the Gallery in relation to its most immediate audience — students, faculty, and staff of the School of Art + Art History + Design; “neighborhood” will interrogate the Gallery’s place in community and regional contexts; and “utopia” will attempt to project the Gallery and its programming into the future to envision a more universal or ideal place of exchange. The series is a unique opportunity for many voices to freely imagine what a university gallery should be, unencumbered by traditional concerns about what it cannot possibly be.
Curated by: Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016), and Gallery Director Scott Lawrimore.
The curators created an open call for students to respond to what was put forth in the first iteration of Utopia Neighborhood Club, which featured faculty work. The call was not limited to objects but open to proposals for events that could take place in the Gallery, new ideas for the operation of the Gallery, manifestos concerning the Gallery's stated goals, etc. The students responded — passionately, incisively, and resoundingly. The exhibition will feature works in all media, but traditional usage of the space will be upended and/or complemented by performances, take-overs, poetry, temporary installations, workshops, conversations, and more.
Exhibiting artists: Peter Barbor & Katie Schroeder, Maryam Bhurgri, Zachary Bowling & Jessica Capó, Holly Chan, Nate Clark, Ji Huang, Alex Kang, Annieo Klaas & Diego Suarez, Natalie Lew & Abe Poultridge, Peter Mataya, Emma McIntosh, PER4M 4M (Cicelia Ross-Gotta, Ben Gale-Schreck, Brandin Steffensen, Erin Lynch, Daniela Mora, and Clare Halpine), Nick Phillips, Edward Scott, Mckinley Smith, Amy Wang, Huiqing Wang, Brianna Way, Tingjje Wei, Yabsira Wolde, and Bobby Yin.
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