Profiles

A Language for Intimacy Profile by Courtney Warren

A Language for Intimacy is an online exhibition that paired nine artists with nine arts writers. The idea is to talk about and facilitate intimacy, particularly at a time where intimacy is so conflicted. It exists online and actually incorporates various mediums, including video and sound projects that might not have been so emphasized before. The writers flesh out and collaborate with the pieces to tease out themes or build into the pieces themselves. It feels more vulnerable and has more depth. Ultimately the works touch on the pandemic, but also 

Art at a Time Like This Profile by Olivia Downs

I chose the project Art at a Time Like This started by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen. This project is currently made up of three exhibitions that tackle artists reactions to current events and themes of rage, discontent, and helplessness that now make for a modern American picture. All of the exhibitions can be viewed online which not only allows for the works and messages of the artists to be spread, but also start conversations surrounding the contemporary landscapes of art and society. 

The Covid Art Museum (CAM) Profile by Olivia Downs

The page shares works submitted by artists about their COVID experiences. The artists can share excerpts regarding the work, their private life, or the process. The page has accrued over 600 posts and is made up of all types of mediums or categories of art. A few include photography, video, poetry, etc. I highly recommend you check it out. It’s an interesting collection of pieces and the diversity of the artists affected by COVID. I’m looking forward to seeing how this project is going to change and evolve as time goes on. Especially due to the long term effects, reopening, re-surging numbers, and other external factors that could change the pandemic. Check it out here: https://www.instagram.com/covidartmuseum/

Death to Museums Profile by Shannon Ferrari

Founded by June Ahn, Rose Cannon, and Emma Turner-Trujillo, Death to Museums is a “unconference” created to host monthly workshops, presentations, and social activities for museum workers among the global pandemic. Death to Museums intends to reimagine radical change in museums instead of returning to a “normal” which is unequal and unstable. This project allows museum workers of all levels to “share their research and practice” as well as their “concerns, observations, and contestations” on a wide variety of themes. 

Historic Royal Palaces shift online Profile by Lily Feinstein

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families have had the daunting task of teaching unexpectedly thrust upon their already tired shoulders. Like many institutions around the globe, the Historic Royal Palaces has curated a list of free resources aimed at families to help them aid in this endeavor. On this page you will find videos and games with information on a variety of subjects that can help engage kids in the study of history; such as the history of the Tower of London or a game in which you help plan a feast for Henry VIII. If the parent or guardian feels that these resources are insufficient, at the bottom of the page there is a link to more resources that can be used as​ ​well! 

Cocktails with a Curator Profile by Lily Feinstein

To help pass the time as well as educate the masses The Frick Collection in New York City has come up with an interesting way of engaging the masses while its doors are shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cocktails with a Curator is hosted by chief curator of the Frick collection,  Xavier F. Salomon every Friday evening where he virtually shares his thoughts on different pieces from the Frick’s collection that relate to many of issues that are currently on our minds; such as life, death, love, and travel. To go along with the virtual lecture, a recipe for a different cocktail will be sent out each Friday so that the audience can make an accompanying drink to enjoy! That being said, if you are under 21 you are still able to join in on the fun with a non-alcoholic drink. If you are unable to make it to the live stream, do not worry! Each episode is available for all on the Frick’s youtube page for everyone to enjoy.

The Future Is Us Collective  Profile by Laila Islam 

I believe that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and a resurgence in an anti-police struggle it is cultural and artistic coalitions’ job to cater to the needs of their audiences and their coalition members, regardless of its relevance to visual art. As collective organizer and co-curator for The Future Is Us Collective, my team and I have switched our programming from free in-person art shows to virtual and socially distanced programming that aligns with the needs of our audiences’ current need for resources and support. So far we’ve hosted an online exhibition The Digital Archive, highlighting artists’ work and their perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic and enforced quarantine, an online open discussion series for our community members raising the question, “how can we as Philadelphian creatives/artist collectives instill solidarity, mutual aid, and support, consistently and in dire times of need?,” and, forthcoming, a socially distant resource drive for artists and students. Follow this work at @thefutureisuscollective

#Museumfromhome Profile by Laila Islam 

In response to global quarantining, that began in March, museums and gallery spaces have been creating online platforms for audiences to view their collections and exhibitions for free. In the rise of the #Museumfromhome trend, art institutions are applauded for their deemed “accessibility efforts” and “community engagement.” Should we celebrate spaces for offering resources like free access to exhibitions at their convenience or should we as communities ask more for art institutions during the pandemic and post-pandemic? 

See more at https://hyperallergic.com/554214/arts-access-covid-19/ and https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2020/03/20/these-galleries-arts-organizations-and-museums-are-keeping-art-accessible-during-covid-19/#afba481d1cdc

Xapiri Profile by Carolina Marin

Xapiri is a Peruvian gallery, shop and platform dedicated to advocating for Indigenous rights and communities. Rather than curating an exhibition in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the Indigenous communities in Peru, they curated a series of photographs donated by ten different artists. The goal was to fundraise donations by exchanging prints of Indigenous people and cultures for money, which went directly to the Shipibo-Konibo nation. This is the first time Xapiri has displayed a contemporary photographic exhibition in response to the effects the pandemic has on indigenous nations, specifically the Shipibo-Konibo nation. https://www.xapiri.com/photos-x-action 

The Artists in Quarantine series Profile by Bay Warner

The ‘Artists in Quarantine’ series showcases Middle Eastern artists’ spaces and studios, along with art that they have made during quarantine. Along with their website that displays these images, they also operate through Instagram, where they have promoted over 70 different artists since the start of the pandemic. The exhibit features finished art pieces, works in progress, images of the artists, and each image is paired with a quote from the artist detailing their thoughts and experiences during quarantine. 

Braided Mag Profile By Qiaira Riley

Braided Mag is a Black owned magazine that centers the empowerment of artists of color. Braided initially began as a series of art events for young folks of color in Chicago before expanding to a magazine, an instagram page, and jewlery shop. In May 2020, Braided began doing a series of Instagram Takeovers, allowing various artists to take over their instagram stories to discuss their art practices. Though this seemed to not be a direct response to COVID-19 or the simultaneous uprisings, the Instagram takeovers showcased an innovative way to showcase young artists in an accessible space. 

Virtual Care Package at Minneapolis Institute of Art Profile by Ann Sirianni

Minneapolis Institute of Art lets you explore their art collection from the comforts of your home. They have stories, podcasts, 360-degree images and zoom views of the collection. They even invite you to curate your own show with your favorite pieces.

An interesting area of the site is the Virtual Care Package.  It’s an activity to prioritize your self-care and nurture yourself during this crazy time.  They encourage you to look at the art, grab a pencil and write down or draw what you  feelin as a way to express and manage your feelings.  Maybe your drawing could be an expression of optimism during these times.  Read the poem written by the artist and reflect on the positive times ahead.

The last section is where the content gets changed by topic, this month is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Included this month is: Poetry Video by Bao Phi, playlists of DJ Chamun, A movement workshop by Kealoha Ferreira, a recipe for Singapore noodles from Kenji Yeewho, A zine made by SEAD, A short film by Xiaolu Wang – Her work deals with the romanticization of guilt, dust, and intimate vengeance. 

And ends with a community & self-care section where the artists answer the questions:

  • What does self-care look like now?
  • What does caring for and being cared for by the community look like now?

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA Profile by Ann Sirianni

Carnegie Museum of Art has an online self-care course based on the belief that art can be restorative the perfect entry to a moment of rest all of which you can do at home.  Their daily activities are meant to inspire, motivate and help you slow down and relax.  There are curated shows as well by specific artists or topics.  Another self-care area includes daily activities, including: Monday Motivation, Tour Tuesdays, Artist Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Favorite Fridays, Storyboard Saturday, Self-care Sunday.  All meant to help you relax and enjoy the museum’s content.  Other online at CMoA resources are: Oral Histories, Zoom Drawing Workshops, Guided Meditation, Topic Specific Programs, Online Conversions.

“where will I be buried*?” at the Flux Factory Profile by Ashley J. Gunter

The Flux Factory, located in Long Island City, New York, is a studio space that hosts artist residencies for emerging artists and exhibitions. Part of the mission of Flux is to support artists’ collaboration and building networks. Flux boasts having affordable rental studio pace for NC artists, free events, and compensation for artists’ production of their work. Curated by Muse Dodd and Catherine Feliz, where I will be buried*?, was a virtual exhibition from July 17th – August 22nd, 2020, as part of the Flux Factory significant exhibitions. The exhibit explores death, ceremony, and mourning for Queer and/or Trans, Black and Indigenous People of Color artists. The show was not designed in response to the pandemic or social uprising. But the exhibition acknowledges the participants and communities of the participants are deeply affected by the pandemic and the social uprising. Additionally, responding to the pandemic allowed for an opportunity to digitally translate physical work as well as consider the accessibility of the artwork. Media exhibited included poetry, video art, music, photography, archives of historical figures, personal narratives, documentary, altars. Virtual programming included workshops about creating an altar, using BDSM, and how to plan for your death.

Culture Reset Profile by Emily Elliott

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.” -Arundhati Roy, April 2020

2020 has magnified the need “to break with past”. The reimagining of our world and it’s cultural organizations  to be more diverse and equitable is the aim of this public resource programme. Culture Reset is a program and guide for organizations to reimagine themselves in the context of a changing world. 

The provocations, reflections, podcasts, resources and exercises included in this site, are designed to help guide groups through a clarification of purpose and examination of existence in order to become the future of arts and culture.

Shelter In Place Gallery Profile by Emily Elliott

At 20 by 30 inches, https://www.shelterinplacegallery.com/ is the smallest gallery in the world (we should check with Guinness). Originally designed by the owners to look at maquettes that were too large to produce in scale, this gallery space became a way in which artists could continue to show work during the pandemic. 

Even without access to brick and mortar studios and grand materials, artists are able to produce work in miniature and send the pieces to be displayed in this tiny gallery. Pieces are mailed or dropped off to the location in Boston, installed and then photographed for web-based viewing. Their past exhibitions include a remarkable array of work ranging from painting to sculpture to textiles and beyond. Thoughtfully light and expertly photographed, the exhibitions give the feel of a real gallery experience.

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