The Art Department is committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for our students through theory and practice, in the classroom and in the studio, all in the context of a liberal arts institution and a thriving intellectual community. Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of art, each year the department produces a season of exhibits, installations, and shows that explore the complexities of the human experience and engages the hearts and minds of a growing audience. Visit the Van Every/Smith Galleries website and Facebook for additional information about upcoming art exhibitions and events.
SEEING | SAYING: IMAGES AND WORDS
Vann Every Gallery
A strict binary has long existed between the contrasting effects of words and images. Words have been thought to be foundational, while images have been considered subordinate. Words have been valued as rhetorically primary, while images have been thought of as illustrative. But such bifurcation seems to artists and writers alike both constraining and unrealistic. How might the communicative and aesthetic status of words and images be profitably studied together? How do images and texts cooperate in single works of art as modalities in tension or unison? Seeing|Saying: Images and Words assembles important contemporary works from 18 artists (Shimon Attie, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Cris Bruch, Andrea Eis, Teresita Fernández, Howard Finster, Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Dennis Oppenheim, Susan Harbage Page, José Parlá, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Santiago Sierra, Hank Willis Thomas, and David Wojnarowicz) that play upon and experiment with words and images, inviting us to question the image-word divide, and reminding us of our current saturation - digitally and materially - in images with words.
Co-curated by Van Hillard, professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Elizabeth Harry, assistant curator, and Lia Newman, director/curator.
The exhibition and related programming are made possible through the support of the Bacca Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Fund, Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02, and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.
Pictured to the left: (top) "Night Writing (Hero and Leander)" Teresita Fernández; (second) "Le Blanc Imite Le Noir " Hank Willis Thomas, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; (third) "FINDERS, KEEPERS," Shimon Attie, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Bethany Collins: In Evidence
Using educational materials such as erasers, graphite, old dictionaries, and found text from government documents, literary journals and historical records, Collins' exhibition presents evocative works on paper, altered books, and installation that explore the relationship between race and language.
Co-curated by Van Hillard, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Elizabeth Harry, Assistant Curator, and Lia Newman, Director/Curator
This exhibition and related programming are made possible through the support of the Bacca Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture Fund, Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02, and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.
Lecture by W. J. T. Mitchell
Thursday, Nov. 3 • 7 p.m. • Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Lecture and Artwork by Nick Sousanis
Thursday, Nov. 10 • 7 p.m. • Semans Lecture Hall, VAC
Visit an accompanying exhibition of Nick's artworks from October 20-December 9 in Spencer Lobby of Chambers Building.
Pictured to the left: (top) "Southern Review" (detail), charcoal on paper, and (bottom) "Colorblind Dictionary," found object. Both courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery.
BAIK ART RESIDENCY
Van Every/Smith Galleries
Featuring three Indonesian-based artists creating artwork during a month-long residency.
Pictured to the left: "The Kidnapping of Hanoman Brain" by Heri Dono.
Group Faculty Exhibition
On View: March 16-April 14, 2017
Featuring works by Cort Savage, Tyler Starr, Joelle Dietrick, and Katie St. Clair.
Pictured to the left: Cort Savage sculpture from his solo exhibit, "Interiorities: A Decade of Inevitable Forms."
Annual Student Art Exhibition
On View: April 26-May 10, 2017
The Student Art Exhibition highlights works produced during the academic year by both art majors and non-art majors. The juror this year is Endia Beal, director of Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University.
ACAC SCULPTURE DEDICATION: ARISTIDES DEMETRIOS' UNTITLED
Demetrios graduated from Harvard before spending three years as an officer in the Navy. He then studied with his father, George Demetrios, a classically trained sculptor. His large-scale sculptural work has been widely exhibited and is part of several private and public art collections, including Stanford University, the City of Sacramento, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Santa Barbara City College.
MATERIAL MATTERS: WATER, PIGMENT AND LIGHT
From 1972 until 1976, Herb Jackson, Davidson College professor emeritus, initiated and hosted a landmark exhibition, The Davidson National Print and Drawing Competition. During those five years, artists from around the country shipped thousands of works of art to Davidson College to be juried by acclaimed artists and curators. Artists vied for a spot on the gallery walls and for awards, which included the purchase of works for the college's Permanent Art Collection. The series of exhibitions, and subsequent subset of the Permanent Collection, provided a glimpse into drawing and printmaking techniques and styles at the time. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the last Davidson National, and in the spirit of this exhibition, the Van Every/Smith Galleries were delighted to present "Making Marks: Water, Pigment, and Light," featuring works from eight artists from across the United States (Nancy Baker, Matthew Brandt, William Cordova, Chris Duncan, Selena Kimball, Lavar Munroe, Liz Nielsen, and Shoshanna Weinberger). Though this exhibition was curated rather than juried, the artists selected represented the range of possibilities for what works on and of paper could be, including an exploration of unique processes and materials capable of making marks - from graphite and gouache to water, sun, earth, and time.
This exhibition, related programming and brochure were made possible through the support of the Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez '02, and Davidson College Friends of the Arts.
WILLIAM CORDOVA: CEIBA: RECONSIDERING EPHEMERAL SPACES
Cordova explored topics implicative of transcultural migration through a multimedia installation centered around Fort Mose in St. Augustine, Fla., an area founded in 1739 by runaway African slaves and Native Americans fleeing British persecution. Just over two decades later, in 1763, the group relocated to Ceiba Mocha, Mantanzas, Cuba. Cordova's exhibition, comprised of reclaimed ephemera, film, photography, sound, and more, linked these early migrations with the movement of more than 80 Asian, Black, and Latinos from America to Cuba between 1968 and 1971-a time typically associated with Cuban exile into the U.S.