Current Exhibitions

Scholastic Art Awards Silver Key/Honorable Mention Exhibition

February 28 - March 21, 2019
Scholastic Art Awards Silver Key/Honorable Mention Exhibition

Schneider Hall Galleries
Exhibition: February  28- March 21, 2019
Reception: February 28, 2019 5-8 pm

Presented by the nonprofit organization, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. 

In celebration of this year’s regional recipients, two exhibitions and an awards ceremony will be held.

  • Gold Key and American Visions Nominees Exhibition
    Feb. 1 – March 3, 2019 during museum hours
    KMAC Museum
    715 W. Main St., Louisville, KY
    (Exhibition Opening is Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in tandem with the First Friday Trolley Hop)
  • Silver Key and Honorable Mention Exhibition
    Feb. 28 – March 21, 2019 during building hours
    Schneider Hall, Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Louisville
    2300 S. First Street Walk, Louisville, KY
    (Exhibition Opening is Thursday, Feb.216, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Regional Student Awards Ceremony
    Feb. 13, 2019
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Sallie B. Durrett Auditorium
    4425 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 

Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students, including renowned alumni who have gone on to become leaders in their fields, including Richard Avedon, Ken Burns, Red GroomsArnold Hurley, Robert IndianaZac Posen, Robert RedfordKay Walkingstick,and Andy Warhol.

For more information about the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic News Room: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.

 

Conspiratorial Aesthetics

March 1 - April 6, 2019
Conspiratorial Aesthetics

Exhibition: March 1 - April 6, 2019
Reception: March 1, 2019 | 6-8 pm
Performance: "Sequel" by artist Cara Benedetto, March 19, 2019 | 6-8 pm
Cressman Center for Visual Arts
100 E Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202 

Conspiratorial Aesthetics investigates the form and function of conspiracy in contemporary art. Featuring digital renderings of undercover adulterous bots, schematics for car bombs that didn’t exist, and frantic notations on silhouette targets, the exhibition asks, “What does conspiracy look like? And why does so much new art look conspiratorial?” 

Many of the artists in the exhibition are concerned with actual conspiracies. !Mediengruppe bitnik’s work playfully investigates the content of the notorious website Ashley Madison, which offered an anonymous online space for would-be adulterers to meet one another. When the website was hacked in 2015 it was revealed that a large number of women using the site were actually computer bots designed to fool men into paying for premium accounts. !Mediengruppe downloaded these bots, here specifically the ones that claimed to live in Louisville, and then gave them physical presence. They programed digital faces for the women, and put them in the gallery space to converse with one another. Walid Raad’s art, produced under the guise of the “Atlas Group,” investigates evidentiary material from the Lebanese Civil War (1975 to 1990). But because Raad does not have access to the material directly (due, largely, to government conspiracy), he invents this evidence.Other works in the exhibition draw direct connections between art making and the articulation of power and violence. Cara Benedetto’s target silhouettes invoke gun violence while also drawing parallels between the act of repetitive printmaking and trauma. Deb Sokolow’s drawings offer paranoiac readings of modernist form, suggesting a nefarious shadowy network (of mostly men) enforcing the aesthetics of modern art. The work of Raqs Media Collective, meanwhile, offers a more optimistic conspiracy. For “Revisions to the First Draft of History” Raqs composed their art across old newspapers, “revising” the first draft of history through their reading of it. 

Conspiratorial Aesthetics invites us to consider the role of informational art in the “information age,” an era obsessed by networks of information exchange and therefore plagued by conspiracy theories, the aestheticization of information, and undemocratic control of the networks information travels. Can art offer counternetworks of information? Can art offer any information? Or does it instead only produce the world it claims to know? 

Performance:

On March 19, participating artist Cara Benedetto will give a lecture and performance at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts from 6-8 pm:  

“Sequel,” an event by artist Cara Benedetto, examines phallocentric aspects of our performance-heavy culture, the various predatory relationships plaguing academia, the deficiencies of language, and, more optimistically, healing processes and support structures between artists. The project follows from similar performance-based projects the artist has staged at MOCA Cleveland and MoMA Warsaw. The script will be performed by Nina Kersey and Mackenzie McCamish. “Sequel” will begin promptly at 7:30, following the artist’s talk.

 

Image: !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Angels at Work in Louisviile, 2018, Five channel video installation, full HD, sound, aprox 10 min. loop, dimensions variable