SUM Artists: Visual Diagrams & Systems-Based Explorations, works by 30 artists and artist collectives, will open on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. The exhibition presents several generations of artists who, in sum, investigate and visualize divergent subjects of pressing concern — the arts, culture, history, race, gender, politics, economics, humanities, transportation, and the quotidian, among others — through the process of data visualization. Featuring recent and historical artworks across a broad array of mediums, the exhibition explores how artists approach the organization of information, primarily through charts, maps, diagrams, and lists from the mundane to the absurd.
A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
“As a teaching museum on a college campus, we are incredibly excited about the multitude of opportunities the show presents, from its emphasis on books and the humanities to its scientific references, to its political content,” said Tracy Adler, the Johnson-Pote Director of the Wellin Museum of Art. “The works remind us how idiosyncratic the organization and presentation of facts are. With the process of creating a system, the assumption is that its content is empirically mined, when in reality, the raw data and resulting system remain interpretive. It points directly to this era of fake news, in that something that can appear truthful doesn’t necessarily mean that it is fact.”
Among the highlights of the exhibition are:
- Mary Beth Edelson’s now legendary hand-colored lithograph Some Living American Women / Last Supper (1972), in which the artist collaged the faces of preeminent yet under-recognized female artists atop those of Jesus Christ and his apostles in Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting The Last Supper, thereby creating her own artistic pantheon and
- RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen’s wall installation Kill the…
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