Lucid Gestures: An Exhibition of Barnard Alumnae Artists
October 24 – November 17
McCagg Gallery, Diana Center, Barnard College
Artists: Erica Baum, Sarah Charlesworth, Annabel Daou, Lizzy De Vita, Dahlia Elsayed, Christina Kelly, Margaret Lee, Anna Liang, Louise McCagg, Ada Potter, Sara Grace Powell, Kate Ryan, Lara Saget, Daryl Seitchik, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Emily Weiner, and Marina Zurkow
With text contributions by: Susan Bee, Natalie Bell, Frances Brent, Julia Caston, Ashton Cooper, Claire Heyison, Eunice Yooni Kim, Carol Kino, Chris Kraus, Melanie Kress, Andrea Metz, Ali Rosa-Salas, Valerie Smith, Joan Snitzer, Vanessa Thill, Julia Wolkoff, and Chloe Wyma
Curated by: Vanessa Thill and Eunice Yooni Kim
LUCID GESTURES is an exhibition that recognizes the work of talented alumnae who have in common the determination to create and to interrogate their forms. At the center of this project that brings together visual art and writing is an interest in methodology, stemming from the basic question of how things occur. Our lives are our case studies, and our activities—our work—will be our research. Meaning is built up from the ground until it becomes bigger than the eye can see.
“‘I want to own everything that happens to me now,’ I told you. ‘Because if the only material we have to work with in America is our own lives, shouldn’t we be making case studies?’”—Chris Kraus, I Love Dick (Semiotext(e), 1997),155.
This exhibition is the product of many types of work. It may be long hours in the studio with a pencil or brush, a computer or camera. It may be physical scrubbing, in the case of Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Sara Grace Powell, creative research disguised as office work in the case of Christina Kelly, or devotion to an image like Lizzy DeVita’s redheads. This show is organized with attention to the way that an insistence on specificity also sets into motion a dramatization of macro-level paradigms. These women challenge and impel us to continue our work. Join us for the 125th anniversary of Barnard College, and the production of a case study of its own, a project that demonstrates by example a promising future for women in the arts.
© 2014 Vanessa Thill