Penelope Umbrico’s Campus Surplus explored the connections between the Modern school and office: the rationalized spaces, tools, and systems that promise efficiency and productivity. The exhibition included photographs of used copiers, desks, cubicles, and plants collected from liquidation websites, as well as images she has taken in the surplus rooms of college campuses around the country, video projections of a custom-made tile game, materials related to learning products, and a site specific installation drawn from Bennington’s own Buildings and Grounds. Read more about the exhibition here.
Slipped Gears, was a multimedia exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. It opened in Bennington’s Usdan Gallery on Tuesday, September 16. The show offered challenging responses to a moment of tectonic cultural transition, when technology increasingly resides in and around us. The artists, many of whom have shown internationally, included Nick Hornby, Joon Oluchi Lee, Kristin Lucas, Rosa Menkman, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Katie Torn, Matias Viegener, and the collaborative duo of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy called MSHR (biographies below). It was curated by Roddy Schrock, director of residencies and programs at Eyebeam, a leading art and technology center in Brooklyn, New York. Read more about the exhibition here.