Vital Curiosity, July 14 – September 8

Vital Curiosity at the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery at Bennington College explores the use of color and abstraction by artists associated with the College from the 1940s to the 1990s.

The exhibition includes work by Helen Frankenthaler ’49, Grace Wapner ’55, Stephen Mueller MFA ’71, Carrie Moyer ’82, Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, Noam Rappaport ’94, and Paul Feeley (faculty member, 1940–66). Vital Curiosity focuses on the ways each of these artists—who represent a diversity of generations, formal approaches, and experiences—seize upon color as a dynamic, and often ineffable, element in their abstraction.

 

Black Spring, April 11- May 9

BLACK SPRING is an exhibition organized by current students representing black lives at Bennington, past, present, and future through audio, video, performance, sculpture, photography and text. Each week new works will be added in this exhibition that layers media, experiences of history and identity.

gems, minerals and human nature, March 7-31

The exhibition gems, minerals and human nature will be on view at Usdan Gallery at Bennington College March 7-31. There will be an opening reception March 7, 2017, 6:30 pm with a talk by Michael Dyber at 7:00 pm.

Michael Dyber is a world renowned Gem Cutter. His work is featured in many top international museums and collections.

Mineralogist Robert Whitmore will exhibit a special collection of gem crystals and cut stones, many from New England including Vermont. This exhibit was featured in February at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.

A collection of mineral specimens from Belvidere Mountain in Eden/Lowell, Vermont will be on display from the Ken Carlsen collection, including some that were featured in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Rocks & Mineral Magazine. This exhibit will also include a special watercolor painting by world famous mineral painter Fred Wilda, two code generated video projections by design technologist Seiya Kobayash and a selection of student work from Michael Stradley’s Digital Morphology class here at Bennington College.

This exhibit is organized by John Umphlett, interdisciplinary technician of Bennington College.

VBS (violet burning sunset), September 20 – October 16, 2016

VBS (violet burning sunset) consists of two shows in one room. the first show features work by ethan knechel, helen mirra, tom sachs, lauren seiden and alison veit and consists entirely of artworks that eschew color and embrace solid materiality in mostly muted and gray tones. the second features work by amanda church, martha grover, odili donald odita, devin o’brien power and cyle metzger. these artists employ color and illusionistic space to an intense effect, and often allow vivid palettes to invite metaphysical interpretations. it’s basically a celebration of very-well-made objects, and hopefully it will feel to the viewer like a prism projecting multicolored refractions from one side of USDAN to the other.  Read more about the exhibition here.

Utopia Is No Place, Utopia Is Process, April 12 – May 12, 2016

Utopia Is No Place, Utopia Is Process transformed Usdan Gallery into a space for critical feminist pedagogy. On view from April 12 to May 12, the project was inspired by Bennington’s experimental curricula and its history as a women’s college. In addition to works of art, resources such as a crowd-sourced library, printing press, meeting space, and discussion groups were made available for autonomous and collective investigation.  Read more about the exhibition here.

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.

Penelope Umbrico: Campus Surplus, September 8 – October 24, 2015

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.

Dan Shapiro: Bennington and Beyond, June 17 – August 30, 2015

Artist Dan Shapiro taught printmaking at Bennington College beginning in 1947.  This show was held in coordination with two other exhibitions of Shapiro’s work in Bennington, VT: Living the Print, 1949–1969, held at the Bennington Museum, and The Late Years, Works on Paper from the 70s and 80s, held at Left Bank Gallery.  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.

Meat, Chapter 3: The Maggots Will Find You, April 21 – May 12, 2015

This exhibition followed Price’s Meat series, inspired by a violent incident in Nicaragua in 1985 when Price was shot with a high-powered rifle in his left abdomen. This traumatic experience symbolically killed the trauma of Price’s childhood. The ghosts of his traumatic childhood, the death of his mother and sister in the late 90s, and the remnants of his gunshot wound are recurring examinations in Luther’s body and his body of work. This exhibition featured a brand-new series of handmade 35mm slides, the second ever exhibition of Price’s little-seen sculpture work from the mid-to-late 1980s, and a series of 40 photographs from the late 80s by photographer Russell Scholl.  A mini-retrospective of Luther Price’s moving-image works accompanied the Usdan Exhibition.  Read more about the exhibition here.