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Students Learn Abount Careers at MWPAI

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Opening Gallery Talk and Reception, March 28, 5:30 pm

Charlotte Bausch, (Hamilton), Julia Cranell, Vito Valenzi (Whitesboro), Igor Dunikov, Olivia Kodsy, Casey Miller (Clinton), Julia Madore, and Savannah Sears (New Hartford), are participating in the  Exploring Museum Careers Program at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. In this program, the students learned first-hand about all aspects of producing an exhibition, as they worked with MWPAI staff on everything from selecting the artworks to presenting the exhibition opening gallery talk. They began by meeting with the museum curators and reviewing objects in the museum’s collection. In subsequent meetings the students met and worked with other museum staff to learn about each person’s career background and role at the museum. The students completed regular assignments and participated in art research, publication design, marketing, exhibition layout and installation, object label writing; and audioguide production for the exhibition. Following is a description of the exhibition.

Beyond Their Years: A Look at Youth from Victorian Times to Today includes works of art spanning three centuries that explore some of the complexities of childhood and adolescence. The Fountain Elms setting for the exhibition is a radical move for the museum, since the room has been a Victorian-era bedroom setting since 1960. Childhood is ideally a time of innocence and play. Is this a luxury reserved for a few, or are there expectations of youth that belie this conventional view, regardless of class or status? Many of the toys and outfits designed for children simply mimic the activities and clothes of adults. A child-sized Windsor chair and a miniature wood stove with pots, both from the Museum’s collection, illustrate the idea of play being a chance for children to make believe they are adults; cooking and dressing like a grown-up. Hollis Sigler’s 1987 painting, You Enter This Place of Abandoned Desires, on the other hand, evokes a mix of coming-of-age yearning and nostalgia; juxtaposing a wrecked school bus with miscellaneous lost objects such as a high-heeled shoe, and a man’s tie.

The event on Thursday, March 28 at 5:30 is free and open to the public. Please come and show your support for the arts and for the students!

For more information about the program, contact Museum Education Director, April Oswald, at 797-0000 ext. 2144, or aoswald@mwpai.org. Upon the opening of the exhibition, listen to the exhibition audioguide at www.mwpai.org/museum/events.

 



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