My inbox is inundated with drafts upon drafts of our announcement postcard, poster and exhibition catalogue – but they are all done and off to the printers. Big, very big sigh of relief. Hopefully all this rewriting and proofreading will ease me into my thesis…
Once everything was sent to the printers, there was really no time to take a break – Prof. Solomon and I had to complete the wall label texts, choose paint colors for the walls, decide the layout of the show, double-check and then triple-check shipping details for the pick-up of some works in New York. Here’s hoping that the ostrich arrives safely…
I poked through my window blinds and saw that Hannum Drive was sleeping under a blanket of snow. In spite of the fact that it is Saturday and I no longer have to desperately put my ear against the radio to hear if school’s been canceled, I still love the feeling of snow days – sitting at home with tea to drink, movies to watch, books to read….oh, wait.
After realizing that I was no longer in high school, I remembered that I still had 3-4 emails to send to Mike our designer and to Prof. Solomon. We have 40 days until opening night and deadlines for EVERYTHING are fast fast fast approaching. For the past two weeks, Prof. Solomon, Matthew, James, and I have been circulating what feels like 82734 emails as we finalized our official Press Release which is now done done done! Meanwhile, Prof. Solomon and I have been neck-deep in work, trying to complete all the texts for the exhibition catalogue. This has definitely been the hardest and most rewarding work I’ve experienced yet. It’s really quite embarrassing to admit how utterly clueless I was when I first started writing the artists’ bios but with the patient and wise help of Prof. Solomon, I now have some idea of how to approach catalogue writing.
I already foresee a hectic week in front of me. Matthew reminded me that the poster/announcement card designs needed to be done ASAP in order for them to be out by March’s First Friday. With two weeks saved for printing, this means that Mike needs the designs done by Mon/Wed latest. PR stuff is looming above my head but these catalogue texts need to be done first!
4 different artist/work info lists to “OK” and send off
5 artist ‘blurbs’ to rewrite
1 more artist photo – still waiting to hear back from gallery
1 high quality reproduction of photograph – still waiting to hear back from gallery
2 dates to confirm for my gallery tours (this should’ve been done weeks ago!)
4–no, 5—- probably 7.. 10…12?? different sources to contact about PR opportunities…
… and PINK!
End of a long but very productive day with Prof. Solomon, Matthew, James, and Mike our designer. Many things were brought up including PR ideas in major art magazines, the actual layout of the show, artist visits, and (ta-da!) our show’s color scheme! After much debate (really!) and critical thinking, pink will be the major color – in good and moderate taste, of course.
On that note, I leave you with some helpful advice from Kay Thompson:
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All in the life of a curator?? Two artists we were planning to invite have either won prizes or special residencies requiring for them to be abroad during the same time as our show- – which unfortunately means that there is a good chance that they won’t be able to make it to Haverford for the opening or artists’ panel. That was some discouraging news but Prof. Solomon didn’t seem too hindered by the obstacle. I guess the hard part about contemporary artists is that their schedules are always changing…
In other news, Prof. Solomon and I received our first proof of our title page back last week! Lots of changes need to be made but very exciting project, nonetheless…
Break is almost over (last semester! gah) and I still have some work looming over me – - texts for the catalogue, images for the catalogue, finalized master lists – ah, and that thesis research I was wisely going to “get done before second semester started.”
Back to writing!
looking for the contemporary of contemporaries?? for the most cutting edge work, art fairs and biennales serve as an oasis for the next big IT. During the preparation for Mapping Identity, it’s been so exciting to see some of our artists participating in some of the most popular and cutting-edge art scenes out there…
Most recently, Gonkar Gyatso was just at Brisbane, Australia for the Asia Pacific Triennial and was at the Venice Biennale over the summer…
(for the interview, click here)
Over the summer, the Projects Gallery presented Glenn Kaino and the Edwynn Houk Gallery presented Lalla Essaydi at Art Basel in Miami.
Last spring at in Paris I first learned about Lalla Essaydi and Do-Ho Suh who were both featured at Art Paris under one of my favorite buildings of all time, the Grand Palais…
Around the same time Professor Solomon was at Art Dubai, one of the most exciting and newest art fairs, where she and Zoulikha Bouabdellah were one of three curator/artist teams to receive the first Abraaj Capital Art Prize for Bouabdellah’s installation “Walk on the Sky.”
Watch the interview here featuring Zoulikha and our very own Professor Carol Solomon!
and found this!
I am a big fan of The Sartorialist and was quite charmed by this photograph taken in Melbourne. After reading so much on the politics of the veil, how refreshing it is to find such a lovely, easy-going photograph of a girl who’s just following her own personal style – and that scarf tied around the bag! Genius!
Currently writing this from my carrel at Carpenter Library watching youtube videos on Zineb Sedira. Her video MiddleSea will be on view during Mapping Identity, which I am currently *attempting* to discuss in a paper for my French cinema and immigration class.
Here’s a snippet, but just know that this small little thing of a video link just doesn’t do justice compared to how it will be installed at CFG…
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Working in photography, installations, videos, Zineb also writes and presents many of her own personal writings (hmm, what doesn’t she do???) concerning hybrid identity and her family’s own experiences immigrating to France from Algeria.
A short update: Met with Mike, our graphic designer, last week in regards to our exhibit catalogue and it looks like things are off to a good start! Hmmm, yay or nay to embossed letters? Cover art or no???
Highlight of the day:
Found a picture of Prof. Solomon and myself on Gonkar’s blog! Pretty cool. The picture is taken at his studio in New York.
Now, back to brainstorming for the exhibit catalog…
Kwame Anthony Appiah will be coming to speak on the night of our opening!
I’m hoping the Haverford community will begin to see that Mapping Identity is not just another show at CFG but an exhibit that incorporates so many ideas that are discussed in our classrooms – History of Art, Poli Sci, Anthropology, Sociology, etc – - Appiah talks about ideas we can all relate to as members of this interesting human race we are part of in the 21st century…
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