ArtBeat: Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit @ the Mandeville Gallery

September 28th, 2009, 12:53 pm by Greg

Located in the marvelous Nott Memorial, Union College’s Mandeville Gallery welcomes a new group exhibition, “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” beginning Thursday, October 1.

Each work in the exhibit includes a tool that was important for women’s domestic labor in the past. These tools, when recontextualized as contemporary works of art, open a dialogue between the past and present. The tools that once facilitated hard, repetitive, and often unpaid women’s labor are reborn as the Distaff artists have taken the repurposed objects and transformed them into something that pays tribute to the past while encouraging a critical analysis of society and culture from various histories.

Betye Saar: We Was Mostly 'Bout Survival

Betye Saar: We Was Mostly 'Bout Survival

Curated by Rickie Solinger, “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” features the work of 33 artists, including Judith Hoyt, Debra Priestly and Marie Watt.

In conjunction with the opening, Solinger will offer a lecture, “Becoming a Curator: Seeing Race, Class, Gender and History in Objects and Images,” at the Reamer Campus Center Auditorium on the Union campus at 4pm on Thursday, October 1.

The opening reception for the exhibition will take place in the gallery from 5-8pm Friday, October 2. The exhibit will remain on view through Sunday, December 20.


See Hear Now: Green Light @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady

August 18th, 2009, 2:33 pm by Sara
Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

We recently stopped by the Mandeville Gallery, housed in the breathtaking, 16-sided Nott Memorial Chapel at Union College, to take a look at the Green Light show organized by VSAarts. The exhibition includes a lush and inspiring 30-page catalog that chronicles the 15 artists in the show, all of whom have disabilities ranging from ADHD to tramautic brain injuries and severe Crohn’s disease.

Some use the creative process as a way to meditate and focus inward while others use it as a way to reach out and communicate with the outside world. As is typical with VSAarts, the work is first-rate.

Here’s what caught our eye:

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