The juror for the 2019 exhibition is Rebecca Matalon, recently accepting the position of Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in Texas, Rebecca Matalon was previously positioned as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles where she helped organize exhibitions by Mickalene Thomas, Rick Owens, and Fischli/Weiss, as well as the three-person exhibition “Décor,” which featured work by Barbara Bloom, Andrea Fraser, and Louise Lawler. Prior to working at MOCA, Matalon founded JOAN, an alternative space in Los Angeles that has dedicated itself to exhibiting work by emerging, under-recognized, and female-identified artists.
The Call: Home Sweet Home "Perhaps home is not a place but an irrevocable condition,” contends James Baldwin in his 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room. Moving from Baldwin’s probing and nuanced provocation, this prompt creates space for a reconsideration of cultural assumptions about the home. Is home a real place, a fantasy, or something in between? Is it an ideological or economic construct, or something more? Is it about safeguarding the past, sustaining the present, or shaping the future? And how might different forms and practices of art making be brought to bear on ideas of the home, or domesticity, in a broad sense? How might we reconceive notions of homemaking and domestic labor—traditionally associated (and pejoratively so) with femininity and “women’s work”—as historically relevant forms of artmaking? To quote Virginia Woolfe and her claim for the import of carving a literal and figurative space of solitude, how might we make a room (or home) of our own? And might the making of a room be conceived as a radical form of resistance? Although embracing ideas of the decorative, this prompt is not simply a call for the decorative arts and crafts. Rather, it contends that the idea of the home is equally architectural, conceptual, societal, and mythic, and implicitly shaped by privilege and prejudice. This prompt encourages artists working across all mediums to consider and reckon with the at times conflicting, ambiguous, and intimate space of the home.
Venue:While the Anderson will serve as the primary hub for the exhibition, off-site, online, and alternative venue projects are encouraged. Alongside object-oriented practices, events, ‘happenings’, actions, musical and theatrical performances and dematerialized projects can provide important structures through which the theme of the exhibition can be addressed. In such cases, however, students will be responsible for securing the locations and permissions required to carry out their project. Also, remember that the Anderson has an array of exterior and non-traditional spaces that can be made available on a case by case basis.
Submission Guidelines: -Students may submit individually or as a group.-Submit up to 3 works that respond to the call in an engaging or compelling way. (full instructions on supported file formats are included below)-Submit a resume or CV. -Submit a brief artist statement (fewer than 300 words) explaining your interpretation of the call and how it is reflected in your work.- ONLY current VCUarts students may apply!
Exhibition Timeline:2/4 - submissions open2/10 - submissions close (midnight) 2/25 - participating artists notified3/11 - work drop-off begins, 9AM - 7PM **This is the Monday after Spring Break - plan accordingly!**3/12 - work drop-off ends, 9AM - 7PM **Artworks not dropped off by 7PM will not be included in the exhibition!**3/15 - opening reception, 6PM - 9PM3/28 - exhibition ends3/29 - collection of work begins, 9AM
Awards:A number of scholarship awards including the Dean’s Award, and department-specific recognitions will be awarded by the Juror.
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