Friday, September 14, 2007

At the Addison and Beyond...

At the Addison, the galleries are still reverberating with the sounds of hammering as we work to complete the installation of Ipswich Days: Arthur Wesley Dow and his Hometown (see left). Most of the artwork is here and already hung on the walls. The show opens next Saturday, September 22nd. Also opening will be Angela Lorenz: The Artist's Book as Volume of Knowledge. Angela Lorenz has been on campus here at Phillips and will be laying out her show over the next few days.

As those shows come together, you can see Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey that features photographs and personal narratives by Phillips Academy alums Omar Siddiqi, Marieke Sterling, Kevin Hatcher, Charles Thornton, Christopher Pohlmeyer, Mgbechi Erondu, Terrance Rubin, Catherine Castillo, and Amy Tsao alongside those of students from Lawrence High School, New York, Chicago, Florida, Detroit, and San Francisco. And, as I've written before, The Discerning Eye: Five Perspectives of the Addison Collection, is filled with treasures, many rarely-seen, from our permanent collection.

I spent last week in Columbus, Ohio, to assist the extremely friendly and efficient staff of the Wexner Center of the Arts (see right) with the unpacking and installation of William Wegman: Funney/Strange at its fifth and final venue. The Wexner, with its large, modern, angular galleries, should prove to be a very dynamic installation. The show opens to the public September 20th.

The opening reception for all our fall shows here at the Addison will be September 28th from 5:30-7:30. It is free and open to all so we hope to see you here!

James Sousa
Associate Registrar for Collections and Archives

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