Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Year at Columbia

Nck DrNaso, A Visit from the Parents

A Year at Columbia is a collaboration between New Student Programs, students from the Art and Design department and the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS). Eight Columbia College illustration students designed and painted large-scale murals depicting signature campus-wide events of the academic year.  Beginning with Weeks of Welcome and culminating in Manifest, the murals create a vibrant timeline of what new students coming to Columbia can expect to experience during their first year. The murals are also examples of the creativity, talent and ambition of Columbia College students. This exhibition was organized by Emily Easton and Justin Witte.

A Year at Columbia is currently showing at the Glass Curtain Gallery located on the first level of 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605.  It will be up in the gallery through August 1, 2012.  The murals were created by David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Peter Clodelter, Nick DrNaso, Erik Lundquist, Solange Henson and Yael Orellana.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance

Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance is currently up at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP) through July 1st.  Currator Davide Quadrio thought of this exhibition while in Thailand from 2008 through 2010.  He was able to experience the termoil in the country, but was able to see the civil resistance that went on by demonstrations, rallies and marches to express dissatisfaction with the authoritarian regimes.

In this show there is work by Yto Barrada, Raphael Dallaporta, Rainer Ganahl, Phillippe Laleu, Sigalit Landau, Dario Menozzi, Li Mu, MRK Palash, Uriel Orlow, Navin Rawanchaikul, Julika Rudelius, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tintin Wulia, Zhang Peili, and Artur Zmijewski.

Each of these artists attempt to document circumstance in a certain territory.  They can span a lot of time and be all over the world, but every work seems to connect to one another in some aspect.  This exhibition is more than just surviving, but adapting and changing as our era tries to find its place in human history.