Artists collaborate in new gallery space

October 1, 2009

Two new installations are on display at the Economics:Art Gallery, located in Uris Hall on Cornell’s campus. And Their Allocation, a group exhibition including members of AAP’s art department, is on display from October 1 through December 6 and Letters to a New Generation by artist-in-residence Heather Layton is showing from October 1 through 7. A public reception will be held on October 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

And Their Allocation is a collaboration of local and national artists including art department faculty Anthony Graves (M.F.A. ’09) and Stephanie Owens. Thomas Gokey, Amanda Hamilton, Michelle Illuminato, Nate Larson, Ed Marion, Lena Masur (M.F.A. ’10), Prantik Mazumder, Danielle Mericle, Peter Sheesley, Whitney Stansell, and Jeff Wetzig comprise the rest of the group. The artists work in a variety of media including: paint, photography, networks, thread, and fortune cookies.

The exhibition is described as “rooted in the belief that art can promote creativity in academic research, and can have important social transformative effects. The selections recognize the interest of contemporary artists in rethinking not only the allocation of goods, but also the values transmitted through them.”

Letters to a New Generation is an “experiment in bridging creative art and scientific research within the same space.” Layton, a painter, performance artist, and Senior Lecturer of Art at the University of Rochester, will set up a temporary studio in the foyer of Uris Hall for one week while normal activities continue around her. In addition to completing a painting while in residence, Layton will hang hundreds of small pockets and visitors are invited to fill them with “private wisdom, humor, advice, or reflection for a generation that we will never meet.”

The Economic:Art Gallery is part of the economics department and seeks to explore the conventional boundaries between the arts and the sciences. This first project was conceived by Kaushik Basu, Don Opatrny Chair of the economics department, and curated by artist Karen Brummund.

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