The Saga Continues…

showing thinking is on it’s way. I was able to meet with both Nicole and Tom Myer, our photographer for the portraits. In brainstorming and hearing more about Nicole, Tom was able to think of ideas when he heard the word “palimpsest”. If I could put a singular word to this scholar’s thought process it would this. Palimpsest means something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form according to the dictionary definition. In observing Nicole’s answers to how she works, this definition fits in the sense that she works in layers in with the information from the past enlightens the information of the now. That is why in her words “stories are always subject to change.” These collaborations are always so interesting because the you’ll never know what you will get until you actually do it. I am excited to work with Tom, not only overseeing the photo shoot but also learning more about how he works as an artist. We have some days and times set up to take the photos and create magic. This conversation sparked some ideas to create more content for the actual show and has my creative juices flowing. Nicole has been kind enough to be patient with these ideas and helping me think through them to make sure it accurately depicts her process. Oh collaboration, sometimes you are a blessing.

Now, for the show as a whole, we have started working on different corners of the puzzle and working in. We have chosen the areas for the artist and are now working on the content. We all have out difficulties but I am sure that together we can figure something out. As for progress, it’s nice to reflect on what we have done and less on what we still need to do for at least two seconds. As of right now, we have a color, assigned areas for the gallery, some completed photo shoots, and nearly finished process statements. Kudos for what we have done thus far. This show is getting done and I more than excited to see the end result.

Things that we still need to do: a lot! However, there is a lot of in progress work happening. We are working on marketing strategies, the catalog is being worked on, the vinyl is being designed, and I of course am trying to document everything like that overly eager parent seeing their new born child explore the world around them. But just like that parent, I am excited to see this new exhibition grow into a solid show.

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Setting Up the Oval Office

In lieu of all that is happening in the world, it is nice to find the simple parallels to continue to grow as a global citizen. As the oval office tries to get organized, so is this exhibitions class. This class is learning as we go and in such the way the class is structured varies week to week. It’s a nice way to keep me on my toes and expect the unexpected. Tuesday’s class was structured around structuring. In other words, we were assigned jobs that are pertinent to get showing thinking on the way. These jobs include budgeting, promotion, making the catalog and introduction to the show, designing the vinyl, and having the people person. I have taken it upon myself to observe what each job will entail because for next time, students can have a better idea of what the job requires; much like how job descriptions function in the working world. My idea is to have some sort of class manual to give to Jeffrey for reference. Having a student perspective on classes is honestly beneficial to both the professor and student. It makes the student think more critically about the skill sets they are learning and the professor can see what the student is retaining from their classes and mentoring.

The job that I was assigned has been dubbed “Human Resource Manager”. I do not know what this job will hold for me however it works on one of my strengths: I am a people person. I can be very malleable and can adapt myself to any conversation. I am excited to see what this job has to offer, but I am more excited to see what I do with the job and how I create the image of “HR Manager”.

For the most part this week has been all about setting up shop and getting to know our participants. Thursday we all meet up with our perspective participants and got to meet them in their office. I had a bonus and got to meet my participant’s newborn baby. You can imagine who was the focus of the interview. We (Jeffrey and I), gave her feedback on her process statement and started talking about how to represent that in a visual form. Keywords that I have come up with that describe her process are: layers, tree of life, interconnected web, family, and passionate. As I continue to learn more about her and investigate possible items to show, I have many questions I would like to ask her in our follow up interview. For example, she is a writer who is exploring a new genre. She writes about 20th and 21st century American Literature and she explores topics such as gender studies and African American literature. I would like to know more about that genre and why she chose to work with this topic rather than other genres. On top of this interview, we got to meet Tom Meyer. He will be taking portrait photos of our participants. His job is to also capture their personality and thinking process through photography. I have the luck to tag along in his meeting and photo shoot with our assigned participants. I look forward to seeing how he works as a photographer and an interviewer.

“Clitical Thinking”

Being apart of an all women’s college you get away with a lot of things. One of them is organizing an interdisciplinary event surrounding women’s health. The biology, art, public health, and women studies departments at Agnes Scott are collaborating to bring Sophia Wallace to campus. Her art and activism work involve topics such as gender, sex, and identity. She has also done a lot of work surrounding the clitoris. It’s quite interesting that there has been more articles written about fingernails than their has been about the newly discovered female sex organ. I think it is only right to express and spread this information at Agnes. Though she will be featured as a Leader story, she will also have some of her pieces exhibited at the Dalton Gallery located here at Agnes. Leah, the gallery manager, was kind and brave enough to present more about the behind the scene work in organizing an exhibition. There are a lot of things to consider when curating an exhibit: budget, manual labor, finding funds, floor plans, advertisement, etc. Leah opened my eyes to better understand what this class is all about and having experience with planning events makes me really excited to take on this new challenge.

Teamwork makes dream work. Something that I noticed and that was talked about during the presentation was recognizing individual’s strengths and weaknesses. I definitely want to build on my strengths and with the helps of my peers; I hope to learn from them to create a great show. I know I have a lot to learn from this class and I am excited to get out of my comfort zone and build on what I know. Hands on learning can be tricky, however, the benefits of the lessons learned and the experiences gathered make it easier for people like me to see past the class and see where I can apply what I learned to the real world. In the end, that’s what college is all about, right?

Learning from the past. Something that I appreciated was seeing the catalogs from the past showing thinking exhibits. These catalogs have process statements from those individuals who have participated in the show. Three individuals who stuck out to me the most were Donna Sadler (Professor of Art History), Gundolf Graml (Assistant Professor of German), and Rafael Ocasio (Professor of Spanish). These three individuals, though shown in different years, have process statements that not only give the reader a glimpse of what they do but also give an insight on who they are as a person. Professor Sadler is very anecdotal. She has a way of immersing you in her presentations and depicted that very well in her statement. I do have a preference of statements that have anecdotes versus the more scholarly approach. Professor Graml and professor Ocasio intrigued me because their content talked a lot about being an outsider. As a first generation student, I can identify a lot with this. This exploration of insider versus outsider not only motivates my artwork but also my exploration in diversifying the psychological field. Though these professors come from different backgrounds, their thinking process can be generalized and students can find solace in realizing that their mentors and models might have a similar thinking process. This show humanizes thinking and the more we explore the exhibition process, the more I understand the benefits of exposing all students to these types of shows.

New semester. Different skill sets. Same me.

As syllabus week comes to an end, the real work begins. Though I missed Tuesday’s class due to unexpected traveling sickness, I was caught up to speed on Thursday. I expect great things from this class. I am more excited to see all the goes into getting an exhibition up and running. I had previously taken a course with professor Whittle or Jeffrey, as I like to call him, and got a taste of the “behind the scenes” of exhibitions. This is what sparked my interest in learning more about the exhibition process. As Jeffrey spoke, the words that stood out to me the most were that this was a skill set based course. In other words, this class will help me build skill sets that I can use on my resume, which is great. These skill sets include keeping up with a blog, gallery setup, interview skills, curatorial work, etc. As a person that might be pursuing a career, I know some of these skills will be beneficial and will add a lot to my education; not to mention it help me adult better.

Continuing on in this class I am excited to work with my peers who some I consider my friends and others I cannot wait to get to know. I am also excited to work with my assigned professor and get to know about her thought process and her personality. It is so interesting how much art and clinical psychology intersect. An intake of a person during a therapy session usually involves a set of questions to get to know more about a person, which will later be used to envision a collaborative plan of action. I don’t know but I think that sounds a lot like what this class is expecting of me. I am to interview with my assigned professor, get to know them and their work, and collaboratively come up with a vision to portray her thought process. I am practicing skill sets that will only be useful in the art world, but also in my future clinical psychology work.

As tradition may have it, expect my quirky titles and elaborate exploration of a new territory of what this class is teaching. This is something out of my comfort zone and I embrace the challenges and lessons it offers. I am elated at the new experiences I will encounter and cannot wait to visit galleries to further broaden my vision of what is possible in a gallery space. Just like art that is shown, galleries create unique experiences that are never the same visit after visit.