Archive for “December, 2017”

Alexandra Bell: Counternarratives, October 9 – December 15, 2017

Bennington College is delighted to present an exhibition and lecture by critically acclaimed media artist Alexandra Bell. Bell is known for her “Counternarratives” project of supersized New York Times articles edited to reveal biases and assumptions about race and gender. Usually posted one work at a time around everyday locations in New York City, her “Counternarratives” prints will appear at Bennington as a series of four installed on building exteriors around campus.

This event is the first display of Bell’s work by an academic institution and the first to present her radical re-edits as a series. This grouping showcases how the artist disrupts manifestations of bias in reporting on different topics, from police violence to athletic competition, and confounds journalistic conventions of timeliness. Bell resists the forward propulsion of the news cycle by reconsidering events once they cease to be current. Her deliberative process gives agency to a desire to slow down and look back, to locate subjectivity in the “facts” of public record and question how particular narratives become embedded in history. Overall, Bell’s “Counternarratives” project urges us to think more deeply about the circulation and consumption of news and the patterns and politics of information.

“Counternarratives” is organized by Anne Thompson, Director and Curator of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery at Bennington College.

Laura Gilpin/Intrepid Woman, November 7 – December 12, 2017

This photography exhibition has been curated by Bennington students enrolled in the class “Laura Gilpin & The Platinum Print,” offered spring 2017.

The exhibition explores the inner life of this twentieth-century photographer and her relationship to the Navajo Nation and the landscape of the desert Southwest.

A related student-curated exhibit, “The Photographs of Laura Gilpin and Her Circle: Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence H. White, Clara Sipprell,” is on view at the Bennington Museum, October 7-December 15.


Sideline Collective: Nothing in the News, November 14 – December 15, 2017

Usdan Gallery collaborates with Crossett Library to present “Nothing in the News,” a series of international newspapers stripped of content. An ongoing project of the art and design group Sideline Collective, “Nothing in the News” comments on the data overload of everyday life. During November and December, visitors to the library can find Sideline Collective editions on tables and shelves mixed with ordinary newspapers and periodicals.

The display of “Nothing in the News” coincides with an installation on Bennington buildings of Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives”—also a critical reimagining of the physical newspaper. Working only with the New York Times, Bell edits and reconfigures articles to reveal assumptions and biases about race and gender.

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