The ETSU Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Honors College Student Council, Women’s Resource Center, Slocumb Galleries Student Society, Privilege Walk Collaborative, and ETSU Civility Celebrations proudly present ‘We Are Artists’ Lecture by Dr. Anja Foerschner during the 32nd Annual Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibitions on March 23rd, Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Ball Hall Auditorium. Reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Slocumb Galleries.
This year’s Positive/Negative 32 juror, Dr. Anja Foerschner is an independent curator, photographer and research specialist at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She has curated exhibits, sessions and published essays on performance art and the abject. Her research on modern and contemporary art encompasses artists from the West Coast, WWII, feminism and disgust. She will be presenting a public lecture about her artistic practice as a photographer and curatorial projects, as well as the jurying process of the 32nd Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition.
Dr. Foerschner selected 32 artists for each of the Positive/Negative 32 Exhibitions ‘We Are Artists’ and ‘Open’ out of 116 submissions from artists all over the country. Her definition of a good exhibition is that which “creates dialogue and dissent” thus, “triggers thought processes and thus goes beyond being pure pastime” is quite evident on the works in the exhibition. Dr. Foerschner added, “In my opinion about today’s art, we are, in our contemporary culture, beyond the point where art is merely for pleasant contemplation. Now, more than ever, art needs to reclaim its place in society by moving us, making us think, pushing us to reconsider our opinions.”
Dr. Foerschner’s curatorial selections visualize the artistic agency and diverse advocacy that each of the artists represent. During the call for submission, she stated the need for “art that interferes with our everyday lives, with our society, our politics, our history, and our culture.” The Positive/Negative 32 ‘We Are Artists’ exhibition reiterated this position that “art needs to remain a unique tool for an artist to express his or her opinion, to work through one’s own struggles, and articulate one’s standpoint.” Furthermore, the Positive/Negative 32 ‘Open’ selected primarily for its formal merit, still address relevant themes, albeit more subtle and covert, in parallel to the juror’s outlook that “in societally or politically difficult times, art is (and remains to be) a valid form of expression as well as a mirror in which we are confronted with our individual and common truths.”
The 'P/N 32 We Are Artists' exhibit is on view at Slocumb Galleries until April 7. The ‘P/N 32 Open’ is on view at Tipton Gallery until March 24, with a St. Patrick’s Day Cabaret performance by the ETSU Patchwork Players from the Division of Theater & Dance on March 17th, Friday, at 6:30 p.m.
As an accompanying activity, the Multicultural Center, Slocumb Galleries, Counseling Center and the ETSU Privilege Walk Collaborative 2017 is also presenting the Privilege Walk focused on ‘Social Justice and Politics’ facilitated by Honors College Student Council and Student Government Association (SGA) Secretary of State Rana Elgazzar on March 23, at 12 noon, at the Multicultural Center. All events are open to the public, free of charge.
The Slocumb Galleries are located at 232 Sherrod Drive, ETSU campus. Gallery hours are Mondays thru Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during Thursdays until 6 p.m., receptions/lectures, and by appointment. For more information, contact Slocumb Galleries’ Director Karlota Contreras-Koterbay via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 423.483.3179. Parking and handicapped access are available. Please visit the ETSU PlanIt Calendar under Exhibitions or www.etsu.edu/cas/art/galleries for event updates.