Robyn O'Neil WE, THE MASSES
January 23-March 8, 2018
(Please note that WE, THE MASSES will be screened four times an hour and starts on the quarter hour.)
Reception & Artist Talk
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Gallery talk by Robyn O’Neil at 7:00 p.m.
- WE, THE MASSES trailer
A self-described “maker of worlds,” Los Angeles-based artist Robyn O’Neil’s wry humor infuses her well-known apocalyptic drawings—ten years of which form the basis for the award-winning short film, WE, THE MASSES, 2011. After attending Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School where she met Irish director Eoghan Kidney, the two teamed up to bring O’Neil’s drawings to life in a thirteen-minute, stop motion animation. The film explores futility, hope, and self-inflicted wounds as it swings between the foibles of human nature and the epic sweep of the natural world. Actions include a sweatsuit wearing man falling out of foreboding grey clouds, fruitless encounters with a group of similarly attired men, and a tsunami that engulfs the encampment. While seemingly a linear narrative, resolution never arrives because, as the artist states, “Endings can be inconclusive, but yet are still called ‘endings.’ They are also starting points; things must end so that something else will happen.”
Supported by a grant from the Irish Film Board, WE, THE MASSES is presented at the CWAM courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York. The recently published book, Robyn O’Neil: Twenty Years of Drawing (2017) is available through Archon Projects.
About the Artist
Robyn O’Neil (b. 1977, Omaha, Nebraska) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She has been had major solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center and at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas. Her work was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Whitney Biennial (2004), Dargerism at The American Folk Art Museum, New York (2008), and Multiverse: Stories of This World and Beyond at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2017). O’Neil is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2008 and the Hunting Prize in 2009. She also hosts one of the highest rated poetry & literature podcasts “ME READING STUFF.”
Saints, Relics, and Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion
Museum Lab (hours to be posted)
January 23-April 16, 2018
April 17-May 13, 2018
Burton D. Morgan Gallery
Throughout the Middle Ages, saints served as exemplars of faith. From their position in the Court of Heaven, they interacted with the corporal world, their power made manifest in their bodily remains and associated possessions tucked into parish altars and revealed in distant pilgrimage destinations. Sumptuous reliquaries touted the power of saintly relics. Medieval Christians believed that achieving spiritual illumination was furthered through the commissioning and use of artistic material splendor. As such, luminous glass, precious metals, and ornate surfaces transported worshipper in their devotions enabling interaction with the holy dead.
The student-curated exhibition Saints, Relics, and Images is part of Associate Professor of Art History Kara Morrow’s Medieval Art seminar. Students enrolled in the seminar will spend the first half of the semester in the museum lab set up in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery researching objects on loan and selected from the CWAM’s collection, with the exhibition taking place at the end of the semester.
2018 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition
April 27-May 13, 2018
- Kari Everson ‘18
- Jacob Nowell ‘18
- Ashley Plassard ‘18
- Jessy Pojman ‘18
- Vy Vu ‘18
The Ocean After Nature
September 11-November 18, 2018
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery
“Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else
is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest,
but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery,
a problem to be solved.”
— Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, 2010
For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years, however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and humanity, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.
The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.
Ursula Biemann, UNITED BROTHERS, Noël Burch, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Ulrike Ottinger, Manny G. Montelibano III, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Carissa Rodriguez, Rafi Segal, Allan Sekula, Supersudaca
A publication accompanies the exhibition.
The Ocean After Nature is an exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support from ICI's International Forum and Board of Trustees.