Sculpture New Genres faculty Joshua Callaghan and Chris Wilder will be included in the group exhibition Wunderkammer at Pitzer College's Nichols Gallery. Curator Ciara Ennis states that "In contrast to current museological models that derive their practices from their nineteenth century counterparts, the wunderkammer—generally regarded as a prototype for the first museums—can provide an alternative. Distinguished by their eclectic and all-encompassing collections, these early museums celebrated heterogeneity and difference as accolades—objects collected ranged from functional everyday artifacts to biological anomalies....Through the objects and installations, the artists and practitioners in the exhibition explore these ideas through the production of archives—fictional and real; via unique and eclectic cosmologies; by privileging the mundane and forgotten above the conventionally celebrated; the historical as a part of the contemporary; and the nonprofessional versus the established. Furthermore, through the use of specific representational systems these artists reveal and critique established ideological constructs that govern issues of inclusion and exclusion within the contemporary museum." The show opens with a reception on Saturday, January 24, 2-4 pm and runs through March 26, 2015.
Image: Steve Roden, …I listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs, 1880-1955 (2011), Found photograph, Dimensions variable