Category Archives: 2008 – 2009

Files from last year’s group

Have a Great Summer!

Hello Everyone! Just one final note on this blog to congratulate you on a successful Foundation Year! It has been a real pleasure to work with you and we wish you a summer full of fun and inspiration. Check out the flickr site for the new pictures I posted from the Foundation Exhibition! It can be found here or by following the link on the sidebar.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Alfred as SOPHOMORES!

Michelle, Angie and Ted.

A History of Museums

Just in time for our own museum…NPR did this great piece on museums….


If you add up the attendance for every major-league baseball, basketball, football and hockey game this year, the combined total will come to about 140 million people. That’s a big number, but it’s barely a fraction of the number of people who will visit American museums this year.

Bell says that though museums are a part of the community — and there are more than 17,500 of them throughout the U.S. — their role is not well-understood or well-publicized. And then there’s also the “boring” factor. Night At The Museum (a 2006 movie about a watchman who discovers museum exhibits come to life at night) honed in on the stereotype of museums as boring … but filled with really cool stuff.


2 great lectures this Week!

This week will be busy for our art-interested people on campus. We know this is a busy time, but please plan to attend the lectures by Zak Smith, a young painter from California and/or Claudia Gould, the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania. See below for details.

Zak Smith:   Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Holmes, Harder Hall at 5:00 pm

Claudia Gould: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Holmes, Harder Hall at 12:00 pm claudia-gould-flyer1

Alt Cinema presents BEAUTIFUL LOSERS!

It’s this Saturday, at 8pm in Nevins.
Alternative Cinema is showing this wonderful film about contemporary street
artists, I felt it was inspiring especially for artists just getting
into the art world. Here’s the synopsis (

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS celebrates the spirit behind one of the most
influential cultural moments of a generation.

In the early 1990′s a loose-knit group of likeminded outsiders found
common ground at a little NYC storefront gallery. Rooted in the DIY
(do-it-yourself) subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip hop &
graffiti, they made art that reflected the lifestyles they led.
Developing their craft with almost no influence from the “establishment”
art world, this group, and the subcultures they sprang from, have now
become a movement that has been transforming pop culture.

Starring a selection of artists who are considered leaders within this
culture, Beautiful Losers focuses on the telling of personal stories. It
speaks to themes of what happens when the outside becomes “in” as it
explores the creative ethos connecting these artists and today’s youth.

Tiffany Joy Butler,
Alt Cin

Harp + Silver Visit Alfred!

The Visiting Artist Committee of the School of Art and Design is pleased to announce the arrival of Hilary Harp and Suzie Silver. The artists will be talking about their work and performing acts from AV Lodge Tuesday October 28th at 7:00 pm in Holmes.

AV Lodge is the ongoing media performance project of Harp + Silver begun in 2007. Their first project is AV Lodge Presents: Fruit Machine. A ten-part, evening-length media performance, Fruit Machine, is a bawdy look at diverse sexualities. The parade of characters includes a life-sized toy robot; a dome-headed rabbit that uses his/her body as an instrument; and an androgynous punk rock bagpipe player. Each live act is followed by a related music video. In the live acts, costumes and props are wireless devices, which control custom audio-visual programs created in Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing and VDMX. The imagery: colorful, playful and humorous, uses the classic strategies of camp aesthetics to challenge hetero-normative assumptions.

One of the goals of Fruit Machine is to present an evening length media performance that uses limited means to transport the audience into a magical world of rich illusions and mutable genders. Combining sculptural controllers with live and pre-recorded sound and video, the performance creates a bridge between our daily physical world and the unbounded universe of the screen.

Please join us! And spread the word!

More about the artists….
Hilary Harp + Suzie Silver

Joining the ranks of great romantic collaborators such as Gilbert and George, Christo and Jean Claude, George and Gracie Burns, Helen and Newton Harrison, and Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Harp and Silver began working together in 2003. Finding inspiration in their shared interests and opportunity in the range of their skill sets they have created a series of projects including objects, installations, single channel videos and performances. They have exhibited their video view-boxes throughout the U.S.  Their single channel video, The Happiest Day has screened all over the world, and theur video, Nebula has been touring with Northeastern University’s Visual Music Marathon. Nebula and the Happiest Day can be seen at the media project at Fringe Exhibitions in LA’s Chinatown. Suzie is Associate Professor of Electronic and Time Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University; Hilary is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Arizona State University