Shaping the View, a new exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, investigates how modern and contemporary artists use a variety of media to capture and re-imagine both interior and exterior scenes. The works presented will encourage the audience to think about what is beyond the picture plane. By juxtaposing unconventional views of ordinary spaces, this exhibition will showcase how artists orchestrate the viewer’s perception of the world around them.
Artists in this exhibition include: Harry Callahan, Elliot Erwitt, Juan Gomez-Quiroz, Paul Hogarth, Paul Ickovic, Roger Jorgenson, Andre Kertesz, Joel Meyerowitz, Jan Staller and Jane Tuckerman. The majority of works of art have been drawn from the strong permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Other works come from the extensive collection of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and the Smith College Museum of Art
The exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and will be on view through May 5. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd from 5-7pm and will include a gallery talk by co-curators of the exhibition and 2013 MA candidates in the Art History Department Claire D’Amato and Sarah Horowitz.
Shaping the View is presented as the culmination of the 2012-2013 UMCA Curatorial Fellowship. The Curatorial Fellowship is a year-long Independent Study that is conducted in collaboration with the Art History Program in the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History. The Fellowship entails all aspects of producing an exhibition, including grant writing, researching the UMCA’s permanent collection, and developing concepts and theoretical underpinnings. The success of this program is made possible through the support and guidance of Loretta Yarlow (Gallery Director), Eva Fierst (Curator of Education), Justin Griswold (Collections Manager), and Gülru Çakmak (Assistant Professor of Art History).