(Ceal Floyer. Double Act, 2006. Light projection, photographic gobo, gobo holder and theater lamp, dimensions variable.
© Ceal Floyer. Image courtesy 303 Gallery, New York, Lisson Gallery, London and Esther Schipper, Berlin.)
Hamilton College’s Wellin Museum of Art will present Theaters of Fiction, works that address the theater and opera’s historic associations with power, privilege, and wealth and other works that represent sites of more democratic and popular entertainment such as cinemas. The exhibition includes more than 20 works created in the last two decades – including paintings, photography, and installations - by seven international contemporary artists. Exhibition is free and open to the public.
The artworks focus on the space of the theater—particularly its architecture and physical trapping. In doing so, they highlight the role that environment and surroundings play in shaping the experience of theatrical production. The artists call attention to the fact that the spaces in which fiction is staged are never neutral or objective.
All with divergent practices, the artists explore themes of illusion, power, escapism, and artificiality. They include: Rhona Bitner (American), Ceal Floyer (British), Candida Höfer (German), Lisa Kereszi (American), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinian), Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese), and Carrie Mae Weems (American). All of the works engage in a dialogue around image creation, art production, and the audience/viewer, in a highly self-reflexive manner.
Katherine Alcauskas, the Wellin’s collections curator and exhibitions manager, curated this exhibition. She explains, “Rather than depicting actors or audience members, these artists look outside the performance itself to the space in which it unfolds.”
As part of the interactive and exploratory WellinWorks series, an experimental, pop-up theater space will accompany the exhibition and will host courses, a range of activities, and exhibition-related programming between Feb. 16 and April 14.
Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm