A preview of Spring Exhibits and Programs.
As the fall semester winds down the staff of the Wright Museum of Art is gearing up for an exciting spring schedule of exhibits and programs. There is talk of dual programming with the Women’s Center, an art therapy exhibit and panel discussion, and collaborating with the Beloit Arts Incubator on a retrospective exhibit of former Wright Museum director and distinguished Beloit alumnus O.V. Shaffer’50. The museum will keep the campus apprised of those programs as they come together; in the meantime here is a preview of a few of the scheduled events for the spring. Mark your calendars and keep us in mind for stimulating lectures, engaging programs, and inspiring exhibitions of visual art.
The annual Wanda Hollensteiner Conservation Lecture, February 5
Professor of Art of the United States at the City University of New York, Katherine Manthorne, will visit Beloit College to deliver a lecture addressing the recently conserved painting titled “Landscape” by American Artist J. Francis Murphy. Generously funded by Jim and Wanda Hollensteiner, this program has provided funding to conserve the highest priority pieces of the Wright Museum and to bring scholars to Beloit College to address these works in context. The piece chosen for 2015 may be small in size but, as noted by painting conservator Joan Gorman, “Murphy’s smallest works are always the moodiest. They have the most character.”
Re-Riding History, March 12
“Kill the Indian, save the Man” is a phrase coined by Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt in 1879, referencing the assimilation methods he developed and institutionalized at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Pratt supervised the imprisonment and forced removal of 72 Indians captured in Salt Fork, Okla. Re-Riding history is the curatorial project of Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye, and John Hitchcock who asked contemporary artists to respond to the journey of the Salt Fork prisoners. Hitchcock will be on site to lead a gallery talk and program along with the art exhibition.
ArtLetics, April 1
Student, Athlete, Artist. Artletics is the annual exhibition of multimedia artwork created by Beloit College student athletes. This show always delivers if you’re looking for creativity and craftsmanship.
Senior Exhibit, April 17
The final exhibition of Beloit College studio art majors. The seniors will be taking over all four of the museum’s galleries and the courtyard to exhibit their final projects. The senior show is the culmination of their undergraduate education in art practices and theories.