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.



Archetypes, Power, and Puppets

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

Please note that the CWAM will be closed October 10-19 for the College’s Fall Break. 

    Thursday, September 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Gallery Talk at 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 7
    7:00 p.m.
    Wayne White
    Ebert Art Center, Rm. 223

    12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Drop in on any Tuesday at noon during the run of the exhibition for a tour given by CWAM staff. Bring a friend or group of friends.


  • Jonathan Baldock
  • Anne Chu
  • My Barbarian
  • Tom Thayer
  • Kara Walker
  • Wayne White

At their most basic level, archetypes serve as models for behavior, repositories for collective memories, and recognizable typologies. While admittedly reductive, such archetypes can also be socially productive in that they define, elucidate, and acknowledge what are often uncomfortable truths. Archetypes, Power, and Puppetry features six contemporary artists and artist collectives who utilize a variety of puppet genres—from the hard hitting shadow puppet video by Kara Walker to Wayne White’s giant puppets—to unpack shared histories.

A selection of traditional puppets from the CWAM’s permanent collection and the Mariska Marker Puppet Collection, sponsored by the Departments of Sociology/Anthropology and Theatre and Dance, along with a video featuring the Cape Town, South Africa-based Handspring Puppet Company, will be presented concurrently in the adjacent Burton D. Morgan Gallery.

This exhibition was organized by the CWAM. 

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