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Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals

Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals
Reception Friday, January 18, 5-7pm
Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College

Clough-Hanson Gallery is excited to announce its first show of the spring season: "Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals" featuring artists Kara Crombie, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Jamel Shabazz, and Marisa Williamson. The exhibition is curated by Monument Lab’s Artistic Director Paul Farber.

Monument Lab is a national public art and history project based in Philadelphia. As a curatorial team led by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, activists, and students to critically engage the monuments we have inherited and unearth the next generation of monuments.

Over the last five years, Monument Lab has organized several major public art interventions in their hometown that asked: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? The prompt fueled a citywide exhibition in 2017 presented presented with Mural Arts Philadelphia featuring the installation of twenty prototype monuments in public squares and neighborhood parks, along with learning labs staffed by youth research teams. Out of this exhibition, they engaged over 250,000 Philadelphians and visitors in person throughout the city, and produced the Report to the City, a reflection on nearly 4,500 public monument proposals gathered at the labs. The Report shared insights into how public participants imagine new monuments for a historic city. The key priorities that emerged from this engaged artistic research study: rethinking common knowledge, craving representation, seeking connection with others, and reflecting on process and power.

"Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals" includes prototype monuments from Monument Lab collaborators Kara Crombie, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Jamel Shabazz, and Marisa Williamson, in which they centered projects around themes of social justice and solidarity; artifacts of the Monument Lab public engagement process including samples of the public dataset of proposals and copies of the culminating Report to the City; and a research room that places the exhibition in local and global context.

Monument Lab: Prototypes/Proposals will run from January 19 through March 16, 2019.

Farber will give a free lecture on Monument Lab and the exhibition on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm in Fraser Jelke Auditorium C on the Rhodes College campus.

Clough-Hanson Gallery is located in Clough Hall on the campus of Rhodes College. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 11-5. Admission is always free. For more information contact Joel Parsons, parsonsj@rhodes.edu.

Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do
Reception Friday, January 18, 5-7pm
Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
University of Memphis Department of Art, Rooms 230 and 240

Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in "Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do" tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.



Enough: Me Too Exhibition

Enough: Me Too Exhibition
Reception Friday, January 25, 6-8pm
Memphis College of Art and Community Education
1930 Poplar Avenue

Amidst a culture perpetuating violence and placing predators on platforms, Enough: A Me Too Exhibition bloomed. This exhibition exists to provide a voice, a wall, a pedestal, and a safe space to those who have not yet been provided one in the past. This exhibition is to lift up survivors of any gender, sex, class, race, sexual orientation, or ability - anyone affected by perpetrators of assault. It is the beginning of prioritizing both artistic value and morality in the art world. Enough is here to make our voices heard and embraced.

On view: January 7 - January 27
Reception: January 25, 6-8pm

Participating artists:
Zoe Allred
Haley Bagwell
Liz Bateman
Lauren Blair
Zahria Cook
Kaleob Elkins
Annalee Elmore
Leanna Hicks
Baleigh Kuhar
Abby Meyers
Sarah Moseley
Tom Nicolson
Eli Peck
Liana Pierce
Tawny Skye
Tracy Treadwell
Nicole Tremble
Luca Tucker
Leandra Urrutia
Denise Wakeman
Olivia Wall
Jonah Westbrook
Heather Wetzel
Meredith Wilson

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