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Unpacking the Vault: Hidden Narratives in the Bennington Art Collection, Feb 27 – April 15

Over seven weeks in fall 2017, students delved into the Bennington College art-storage space known as “the vault.” They researched objects familiar and unknown, seeking narrative strains connecting artworks to the college and to each other. The resulting exhibition, “Unpacking the Vault,” is the first of college art holdings curated by a Bennington class. It reveals and honors the eclectic nature of a collection that, known for mid-century abstraction, also contains numerous surprises from within and beyond that art-historical moment. More broadly, “Unpacking the Vault” identifies core themes and agents in the making, distribution, and acquisition of art.

Organized in thematic clusters, objects play a “six degrees of separation” game of individuals, institutions and modes of collecting. This strategy resists hierarchy and celebrates the miscellaneous, finding common ground for a range of styles, time periods, and artists alongside the modernist painting so famously associated with the college. “Unpacking the Vault” also engages Bennington history by transforming Usdan Gallery into a hybrid gallery/classroom, symbolically fulfilling original design plans from the 1960s envisioning a dedicated space, under the gallery and adjacent to the vault, for studying the art collection.

 

China Dialogues, November 12 – December 12, 2015

In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, Bennington College hosted the China Dialogues (November 2-December 2), an exploratory project in providing a supportive platform for artists to showcase creativity while promoting cross-cultural conversations.  It featured open rehearsals within an installation created by professor Yangen in collaboration with Dai Jian.  Read more about the exhibition here.

IF NOT NOW WHEN, Senior Show 2015

2015 Senior Exhibition 

Featuring work by Nina Berinstein, Molly Brown, Nicolas Burrier, Dania Clarke, Nicholas DiLeonardi, Elizabeth Edwards, Andrew Emard , Wesley Evans, Elizabeth Gombert, Glennis Henderson, Sophie Hesselgrave, Sierra Rivers Hollister, Robin Hopkinson, Madeline Johnson, Maren Johnson, Jay Kineke, Jeffrey Kitchen, Kione Kochi, Carolyn Lewon, Shannon Mahoney, Lieb Mathieson, Ruby McCollister, Mollie McElvain, Brianna Morel, Madeleine Morris, Evangeline Neuhart, Michelle Nguyen, Zenji Oguri, Lily Olin, Heather Rodgers, Sara Salaway, Morgana Tetherow-Keller, and Rebecca White.

Slipped Gears, September 16 – October 16, 2014

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.

Uncanny Spaces, Maddy Rosenberg (Curator), April/May 2014

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Featuring the work of Beatrice Coron, Claire Watkins, Miriam Schaer, Desirée Alvarez, Eunkang Koh, Gerhard Mantz, Jay Bolotin, Kahn + Selesnick, Lothar Osterburg, Lytle Shaw & Jimbo Blachly, Mary Ting, Sang-ah Choi, Simona Soare, and Maddy Rosenberg.