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2018 UNDERGRADUATE JURIED EXHIBITION
OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, 3/16 5-9pm
Sic Semper Tyrannis – The 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition
3/16 – 3/30 @ The Anderson
Opening Reception – Friday, Mar. 16, 5-9 pm
Juror’s Remarks – 5 pm
Dean’s Remarks / Award Ceremony – 5:40 pm
Student Performances – 6, 7, and 8 pm
The Anderson, VCUarts student-centric gallery and performance space, is pleased to present the 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition – Sic Semper Tyrannis. The exhibition will be on view from March 16 through March 30, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, March 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a lecture by Juror Alex Klein at 5 pm and opening remarks given by VCUarts Dean Shawn Brixey at 5:40 p.m., all are invited to attend.
An established highlight in the VCUarts calendar, the annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition showcases the best of undergraduate creative production at VCU. In a departure from past years, for the 2018 exhibition students submitted works in response to a themed call. Issued by juror Alex Klein, this year’s call Sic Semper Tyrannis asks students to engage critically with historical and contemporary implications of the famous Virginia state motto (see the call below.) The introduction of a call brings additional focus, purpose and urgency to what is already an exciting annual exhibition.
The Call: Sic Semper Tyrannis
The prompt for this exhibition takes its title from the Latin motto for the state of Virginia, Sic Semper Tyrannis, or “thus always to tyrants.” Underwritten by a complex, highly charged set of historical and political associations, the phrase raises the fundamental issue of how artworks grapple with questions of power. These can range from the personal to the geopolitical and from humor and satire to critique and protest. The prompt thus invites you to think in broad terms about power at the level of content, media, and form. For example, on the one hand, one might consider how techniques of abstraction seek to overturn the “tyranny of the image.” On the other, one might consider the ways that artistic representation has been used to “speak truth to power” and to amplify marginalized voices. How can your work be understood to reflect on the many ways that this phrase might resonate in our contemporary moment?
Poster by Junyun Chen
NOW OPEN FOR SPRING 2018
THE ANDERSON is announcing an ‘Open Call’ to all VCUarts students for exhibition and event proposals. See above flyer for a general description. Follow the link below for complete details and online application!
[Text from image] The Anderson is issuing an open call to all V C U arts students and faculty for exhibition and event proposals to take place at the Anderson during the Spring 2018 semester. Proposals may include individual or group exhibitions, installations, or curatorial projects lasting up to two weeks; As well as performance, screenings, ‘happenings’ or other experimental short programming lasting up to 72 hours. Through these projects the Anderson staff seeks to bring new energy to this historically significant venue.
Applicants are challenged to critically engage with contemporary exhibition practices and strategies in order to cultivate unique experiences for a diverse and sophisticated V C U audience. The call is open to students working at the graduate and undergraduate level in all mediums and disciplines including dance, music, theatre, new media, film, craft, fine art, etc. Submissions will be reviewed by the Anderson’s curatorial staff and projects will be selected based on strength of proposal. Applicants are encouraged to consider the expansive potential of the buildings galleries, as well as its non-traditional and outdoor spaces. Use of the building simply as a ‘Critique’ space is discouraged.
Submissions open: November 28, 2017
Spaces are available: January 15th-May 12th, 2018
There is no deadline for submission applications will be ongoing.
After (the sun drenched neutral that goes with everything)
February 2 – March 3
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Patron Gallery, Chicago. 2017.
The Anderson is pleased to present “After (the sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything),” an exhibition by Chicago-based sculptor Alex Chitty. The exhibition will be on view from February 2 through March 3, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, February 2 from 5 to 9 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
Informed by her early experience studying biology, Chitty’s work enacts a search for moments of aesthetic and resonant order—achieved through a series of meticulously crafted visual and material arrangements. In “After (the sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything)” Chitty presents a revision of her 2016 Patron Gallery exhibition “The sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything.” Originally conceived as a meditation on the passage of time, objects and images from that exhibition reemerge, now two years later, bearing traces of the slippage, displacement and fading of the transpired interval.
About the Artist
Alex Chitty is represented by Patron Gallery in Chicago and began her career as an artist in a college biology lab. She still collects and documents information, except it’s no longer of the living variety. Her still-life sculptures often find visual relationships between objects (for example, she pairs a speckled espresso cup and a rock with a similar pattern), suggesting themes of domesticity and design, of objects made important because they’re put on display.
For more, visit: alexchitty.com
Source Fold Compositor
January 26 – March 3
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of photographer Walter Wlodarczyk. 2017. https://www.walterwlodarczyk.com
The Anderson is pleased to present “Source Fold Compositor,” an installation and performance by art collective MSHR. The exhibition will be on view from January 26 through March 3, 2018 at the Anderson, 907 1⁄2 West Franklin Street, Richmond. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, January 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a performance at 6 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
Currently based in NYC, MSHR’s multimedia installations use audio and photo sensitive feedback systems to generate sculptural compositions of light and sound. Hand built synthesizers and other unique interfaces create an immersive, interactive experience of what the artists have called “cybernetic resonance.” For their exhibition at the Anderson, MSHR will create a new, user-activated light and motion responsive Virtual Reality environment.
About the Artists
MSHR is the collaborative project of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. Originating in Portland, Ore., MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011. They have recently performed at MoMA PS1,The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Winterthur, Switzerland. Their work meshes digital sculpture, analog circuitry and ceremonial performance.
For more, visit: mshr.info
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907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
Metered on-street parking is available. Parking is also available in VCU’s W. Broad Street Deck, located at 1001 W. Broad Street.
Chase Westfall, Curator of Student Exhibition and Programs