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Economic Primacy (2005)
two-channel video installation, 17m56s, Dutch with English subtitles
I selected five men for the video: a lawyer, a spin-doctor, a media advisor, a millionaire and a top manager. They are filmed pacing around in a generic office space, that was specially constructed for the video. While they appear talking to themselves, they are in fact responding to questions I am asking them over a hands-free phone. In their “monologues” they talk about the importance and omnipotence of money.
this work is installed at Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, up through April 19.
GATSBY & THE ONE PERCENT:
WEALTH, GLAMOUR, AND THE AMERICAN DREAM IN LITERATURE AND CONTEMPORARY ART
April 15, 2013 at 4 pm, Arena Gallery, Contemporary Art Galleries
(first floor of the Art Building)
Immediately before the closing reception for Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, the Contemporary Art Galleries are proud to present an interdisciplinary critical colloquium on the themes of the exhibition and the novel that inspired it. Gatsby & the One Percent: Wealth, Glamour, and the American Dream in Literature and Contemporary Art will feature artists, historians, and literary theorists, who will discuss the themes of wealth and opulence in The Great Gatsby, and the lingering resonance of these themes in this age of the “one percent.” Panelists will also discuss the ways in which the contemporary art world negotiates themes of ostentatious wealth and economic inequality, and how artists attempt to maintain their focus on social justice in a mainstream art market that is profoundly shaped by its dependence on capitalism.
The colloquium will feature panelists who are accomplished scholars and artists from a variety of disciplines and critical backgrounds.
Man Bartlett is an interdisciplinary artist whose works on paper are featured in the Gatsby Revisited exhibition. He specializes in social media and performance art, and is best known for his ongoing “Occupy Man” economic performance, which draws on the artist’s involvement in the Occupy Movement. The performance, carried out over social media, publicly documents all of Bartlett’s personal expenditures, manifesting on a smaller scale the sort of financial accountability that the Occupy Movement demands of financial institutions. Bartlett graduated from Emerson College in 2003; he lives and works in Brooklyn.
Veronica Makowsky, PhD is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at UConn, where she has previously also served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and as the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Prof. Makowsky has written extensively on F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, including the essays “Ash Heaps and Millionaires” and “Bad Driving: Jordan’s Tantalizing Story in The Great Gatsby.” She holds a PhD from Princeton University and has taught at UConn since 1993.
Ray DiCapua, MFA is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at UConn, where he has taught since 1984 and where he also serves as Associate Head of Admissions. As a professional artist and as a scholar, he has worked extensively with the intersection of art, politics, economics, and social justice. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Micki McElya, PhD is an Associate Professor of History at UConn. She specializes in American history and culture, especially through the lens of gender, sexuality, and race. She is the author of Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth Century America, and is under contract for two books in progress on American cultural history. She received her PhD from New York University after receiving her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College.
Immediately following the symposium, the CAG will host a closing reception for Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, which will include a live theatrical performance by the faculty and students of UConn Dramatic Arts. The symposium is generously supported by UConn Reads and through an internal research grant from the University of Connecticut.
a PDF version of this release can be downloaded here.
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In thinking about how to create an exhibition for the Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG) exploring this year’s UConn Reads book, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, curator Barry Rosenberg knew he would face a challenge.
“We did Half the Sky [by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn] last year, but I could visualize that,” Rosenberg says of the book that addresses the oppression of women and girls in developing nations.
Last year, Rosenberg says, he used some of the photography that is part of the human rights collection of artwork in the William Benton Museum of Art. The museum also has as part of its permanent collection works created during the 1920s and 1930s era of the Fitzgerald book that make up its UConn Reads exhibition, “Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of ‘The Great Gatsby.’”
The CAG exhibition “Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent” is on display in the gallery through April 19. As part of the exhibition, there will be a Gatsby Symposium on April 15 at 4 p.m., followed by a closing reception and presentation, “Gatsby Performed,” at 6 p.m. in the Art Building, 830 Bolton Road, Storrs.
Read the rest of the article in UConn Today here.
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"Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope."
Nick Caraway, Daisy Buchanan’s cousin, says that in “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel about the super-rich during the Jazz Age and the disillusionment of the American Dream.
The new exhibit at University of Connecticut’s Contemporary Art Gallery gets its inspiration from that 1925 classic. However, because it is a contemporary art gallery, the exhibit places its observations in the here and now, as reflected in the title: “Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent.”
"Not much has changed since Gatsby’s time. If anything, things have gotten worse," said Barry Rosenberg, curator of the exhibit. "With the election talk, Romney’s 47 percent, Obama’s acceptance speech, his state of the union speech. People are talking about it, so artists are talking about it."
Read the full review at the Hartford Courant here.
In conjunction with UConnReads “Great Gatsby,” The Contemporary Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit titled “Gatsby Revisited: in the Age of the One Percent” that focuses on the glittering surface of extreme wealth that only one percent of American possesses.
The gallery is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” but also on the 1974 film adaption starring Robert Redford and MiaFarrow, JosephStiglitz’sbest seller book “The Price of Inequality,” the energy of the Occupy Movement and the rhetoric of the 2012 presidential campaign. It features works ranging from two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based media created by socially concerned artists. Some of the artwork directly ties into “The Great Gatsby” while others touch upon symbols, assumptions, and connotations of wealth, but they all come together to make statements about the contradictions and limitations of contemporary economic and political systems associated with wealth.
Read the full article at The Daily Campus here.
James Casebere, Monticello #3, 2001
Casebere’s photographs of flooded miniature model houses are gorgeous and haunting. We will be featuring this work as part of Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, opening its doors Wednesday 3/13.
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Installation progress on Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent. Doors open on March 13.
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From cloth printing in ancient China and Egypt, to woodcuts in 14th century Europe, and later silk screening and lithography, even as the art of printmaking evolved, many artists remained steeped in traditional techniques.
Printmaker Gus Mazzocca ’65 (SFA), ’66 (CLAS), professor emeritus of art, is among the artists who have found ways to utilize new techniques and technologies in his creations.
And over his four decades as an artist and teacher at the University, Mazzocca encouraged his students to do the same.
A multisite retrospective of his work, “Gus Mazzocca: 4 Decades/4 Generations,” celebrates his legacy as a printmaker, artist, mentor, and professor, and also includes works by four of his former students at UConn, representing each decade of his career.
Read the full article here. The CAG exhibition is up through the end of this week, and the Jorgensen site closes on March 15th.
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Our current featured artist, Vibeke Rohland, is a textile designer as well as a fabric artist. We love this picture of Elvis the dog enjoying what looks like a comfortable moment on a sofa upholstered with one of her fabrics.
Vibeke’s show opens today at 5pm at the Contemporary Art Galleries.
Flaubert’s Puppets, 2011, Installation view
Postmasters Gallery, New York USA
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