Exhibitions and Installations
I have had the opportunity to collaborate with other curators and artists on exhibitions, interventions, installations, and performance art works. Some of the highlights of those collaborations are featured below.
The Walters Art Museum
September 4, 2016 through December 4, 2016
In conjunction with an exhibition of the five senses in Medieval art at the Walters Art Museum, I was able to commission artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter to create an olfactory work called Sillage: Baltimore. Over the course of several months, the artist and Museum staff helped collect data online and in person from individuals who either live, work, or spend time in Baltimore. Each participant was asked to describe the smell of one of the nine regions making up Baltimore (see map in slideshow below). Brian grouped all of the collected data by region and used it to determine the overall scent of a neighborhood. Each region's scent was then created by the artist and bottled in a standard fragrance bottle. On the final day of the project, the scents were debuted to visitors at the Museum; anyone could approach the Sillage: Baltimore kiosk, identify the region of Baltimore they live or work in, and then sample the fragrance. If a visitor wanted to sample a different fragrance, they were directed to find another person in the Museum with that scent and ask them to smell their wrist. Brian essentially acted as an artist-facilitator, creating a platform by which Baltimore residents could create a collaborative artwork together about their own city. We were also able to schedule time for Brian to work with art students at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Walters Teen Arts Council to give them a non-traditional studio experience with a contemporary artist.
In the Garden of Earthly Delights: A Writerz Blok Mural
The San Diego Museum of Art
Created November 1 through 16, 2011
After having worked for several years with Writerz Blok, an arts organization teaching San Diego youth to express themselves through art, I was able to commission the organization to create a mural for the San Diego Museum of Art. Local artists Saratoga Sake, Israel "Izze WST" Serrano, Pedro "DazeRoc" Medina, and Jose "Bean" Venegas worked on-site to transform a 70 foot white wall into a site-specific mural for the Museum. Every evening from November 1 through November 16, 2011 the public was invited to witness the creation of this mural and interact with these contemporary artists.
The mural's creation was specifically timed to coincide with an exhibition of modern Mexican painting, and though many of the artists in the show were well-known for their murals (such as Rivera and Siqueiros) all of the exhibited works were easel paintings. We therefore gave the public a chance to see a mural being made during the show and asked the artists to incorporate or respond to imagery from the exhibition.
Imagined as the Truth: Works by Yinka Shonibare, M.B.E.
The San Diego Museum of Art
June 30, 2012 through September 23, 2012
This installation of works by Shonibare offered a striking counterpoint to the Museum’s temporary exhibition of 15th century tapestries, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, that were also on view. The latter featured stunning textiles that served as legitimations of colonial ambitions during the Age of Discovery. Contrasting Shonibare’s works with the Pastrana Tapestries allowed the Museum to use art as the means to instigate dialogue around the legacy of colonialism and the importance of historical investigation.
I selected three works (a photograph, sculpture, and video) that focused on the important practice of investigating and subsequently re-visioning history. The works make several references to actual events and historical figures, at once displaying the artist’s own knowledge of art and cultural history, and pointing out art’s complicity in constructing specific historical narratives. Working with my curatorial colleague in European art, we placed Shonibare's pieces among other works in the permanent collection galleries.
A slideshow of the works in the exhibition is below.
Jaimie Warren: You Are Not Alone
August 23, 2014 through September 23, 2014
You Are Not Alone was an exhibition and performance, the latter of which debuted at the opening as a result of a month-long residency at Helmuth Projects. I worked with gallery owner Josh Pavlick to find volunteers and participants from the public that could collaborate with Warren during her stay in San Diego on a brand new work which continued her foray into remaking existing art historical images. Specifically, the artist reimagined a Fra Angelico religious scene, replacing 15th century angels and saints with important and infamous characters from the life of pop-star Michael Jackson, and thereby forcing a comparison between the iconographies of celebrity and religion.
You can find an exhibition essay, photos, and a link to the performance excerpt below.
Video excerpt of Jamie Warren's You Are Not Alone
The San Diego Museum of Art
August 01, 2013 through September 08, 2013
Double Portraits was an intervention into the Museum's Permanent Collection in response to the special exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Featuring works by Jess T. Dugan, Goshka Macuga, Dulce Pinzón, Kurt Simonson, and Jaimie Warren, this spotlight exhibition situated contemporary photography alongside paintings from the 16th through early 20th centuries on view in the Museum's European Art galleries.
Conceptually, these contemporary photographs relate to the strategy used by Arnold Newman in his late work. Just as Newman used homage to construct symbolic portraits, works by artists featured in Double Portraits explore the potential of creating portraits with intimacy, parody, and pastiche. These photographs each utilize strategies for presenting multiple identities, viewpoints, and authors within a single work.
Looking specifically at elements such as light, gesture, and pose, the juxtaposition of works from such different time periods illustrated certain visual tropes and archetypes in Western portraiture that have remained vital and consistent in representations of the figure across time. A slideshow of the works from the exhibition is below.