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Feb
5
Thu
Currey Juried Show Opening & Awards Reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The 2015 Currey Juried Student Show features outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

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Feb
7
Sat
WAG February show: Kayla Saito @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WAG Feb 7 2015 KaylaSaito evite WWebWatkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Identity on Screen, a multiple media installation by Watkins Fine Art senior Kayla Saito, at its downtown gallery WAG during the February 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.

An exhibition committed to an exploration of individual identity as mass identity, Identity On Screen will display works based on information gathered from a social media space–such as large acrylic glass sculptures as well as other sculptures, video, prints and text–that are all forms of documentation of both found information and information from experience.

Identity on Screen aims to convey the uncontrollable quality of an identity and question the role of the artist as seer and interpreter. An interactive element will invite the audience to document and analyze the artist’s identity as well, admitting to the compulsion to evaluate. Saito was inspired in part by a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

 

Feb
18
Wed
Screening of ‘Corrections’ by Ashley Hunt @ Watkins Theater
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

AshleyHunt-1 Corrections promo WwebIn conjunction with Ashley Hunt’s February 19 lecture, Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.

Ashley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

HumanitiesTN logo smAshley Hunt’s lecture is part of the 2015  Watkins Visiting Artists Series, which received grant funding from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Feb
19
Thu
Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Ashley Hunt, artist/activist @ Watkins Theater
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

AshleyHunt headshot WwebAshley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Ashley Hunt’s lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.