My Barbarian Object Opera

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



PICTURE YOURSELF: Selfies, Cellphones, and the Digital Age 

February 2 - April 10, 2016
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

(Please note that the CWAM will be closed March 12-28, 2016, for the College's Spring Break.)

Whether produced by artists or amateurs, the creation of self-portraits and still lives as a means of exploring identity is arguably one of the most persistent motifs 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 of 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 Warhol's eerily prophetic work.

Co-curated by Leah Mirakhor, Department of English, The College of Wooster, and Kitty McManus Zurko, CWAM Director/Curator, PICTURE YOURSELF will be comprised of Warhol's work paired with other 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?"

Artists under consideration for this exhibition include: Andy Warhol, Ultra Violet, Daniel Arnold, Farideh Sakhaeifar, Sean Fader, Roe Ethridge, and Luis Flores. Featured in the adjacent gallery will be descriptions and examples of selfie typologies (e.g., shelfies, beach brag selfies, food selfies, etc.), selfie tools and ephemera, and a vintage photo booth.

2016 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition

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

The Senior Independent Study (I.S.) at The College of Wooster is a year-long project with one-on-one support and guidance by a faculty advisor. For studio art majors, the culmination of this in-depth experience is a one-person exhibition from which work is selected for a group exhibition at the CWAM.

Each spring, the College cancels classes to host the Senior Research Symposium, a day-long, campus-wide celebration of Independent Study. The senior studio art majors listed below will be present in the CWAM’s Sussel Gallery from 1:00–3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to discuss their projects. Please join us for this special celebration of undergraduate student research.

Matilda Alexander
Hannah Ayers
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