Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13
The Agency of Art
April 12 – May 17, 2018
Reception, April 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
In the final exhibition, Visual Arts @ 50, our two-year long series marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Visual Arts Department, turns its focus from the past to the future. The Agency of Art highlights the role of Visual Arts alumni from the past two decades who are shaping the way art engages with social practice, the environment, science and technology. British social anthropologist Alfred Gell held that “visual art objects are not a part of language … nor do they constitute an alternative language” and thus should not be treated simply as illustrations or visual texts. Instead he argued that they are tangible indices of social interactions that act as social agents. To conclude the Anniversary series of exhibitions, The Agency of Art spotlights how the Visual Arts Department is committed to using art to reshape the world in which we live.
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