My Barbarian Object Opera

Still from My Barbarian's video, "Object Opera," 2012, that will be in the CWAM's Fall 2015 exhibiton "Archetypes, Power, and Puppets." Courtesy of the artists and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

 

Upcoming

Archetypes, Power, and Puppets

September 22 - November 22, 2015
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

(The CWAM will be closed October 10-19 for the College's Fall Break.)

At its most basic level, archetypes serve as models for behavior, repositories for collective memories, and essentialized typologies. While admittedly reductivist, archetypes can also be productive in that they define, elucidate, and acknowledge political and social truths. The exhibition Archetypes, Power, and Puppetry (working title) brings together traditional puppetry forms with contemporary artists who mine the puppet meme in their work. Some of the artists in the exhibition include Jonathan Baldock, Anne Chu, My Barbarian, Tom Thayer, Kara Walker, and Wayne White. Traditional and ethnographic puppets, along with documentaries on puppet theatres, will be presented in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery.

The Selfie

January 26 - March 11, 2016
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Whether produced by artists or amateurs, the creation of self-portraits and still lives as a means of exploring identity is arguably the most persistent motif in self-representation. What changes over time are socio-political contexts, generational attitudes, and, perhaps most importantly, the ready availability of technology that both easily documents and disseminates our thoughts, actions, and intentions. Featuring a selection from the more than 150 Polaroids, black-and-white photography, and screenprints by Andy Warhol given to The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, the CWAM will explore the selfie trope in an exhibition anchored by Andy Warhol's eerily prophetic work.

Co-curated by Leah Mirakhor, English, and Kitty McManus Zurko, CWAM, The Selfie (working title) will be comprised of Warhol's work paired with contemporary artists critiquing and updating this particular vein of self-representation. According to Mirakhor, the exhibition will explore, " . . . what sorts of decisions frame the individual shots and what intended narratives do they hope to belong to, intervene in, or emulate? For example, do they emulate the cult of celebrity and fame, the evocation of certain lifestyles (glamorous, healthy, socially conscious, artistic, etc.), the choices of self-fashioning, and the sometimes refraction (or absence) of the self? All are significant choices that artists, celebrities, and the so-called average individual undertake. Therefore, what are some of the patterns, pathologies, and possibilities in these choices? And, when considered within the legacy of Warhol's work, what sort of contemporary cultural phenomenon do they ultimately suggest?"

2016 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition

April 29 - May 15, 2016
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

Matilda Alexander
Hannah Ayers
Michael Billingsley
Chelsea Carlson
Devin Delaney
Dallas Kathryn Dickey
Jenna Hunkins
Anna Kruse
Joyce Lee
William Owen
Collin Perez
Adrian Rowan
Natalie Shreeve
Kaitlin Starr
Katherine Stephens
Isabel Taccheri
Hannah Webb
Petr Wiese