Follow the Light: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
July 7, 2011
Follow the Light: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, opening April 14 is an exhibition organized by students in the Exploring Museum Careers High School Partnership Program, and examines a broad range of works from the Museums collection by tracing the connection each shares with a recent Museum acquisition. Josiah McElhenys, Chromatic Modernism (Yellow, Blue, Red), (2008), chosen for the museum collection by Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mary Murray in honor of the MWPAI 75th anniversary, is the centerpiece for the exhibition. The exhibition shows how such diverse art works as a Tiffany lamp, c. 1900, and a Stuart Davis watercolor, Colors of Spring in the Harbor (1939), are a part of the history behind McElhenys work, setting up an unexpected relationship between these and a variety of other works from the collection.
The students, Amy Gleitsmann, Journey Gyi, Annalyn McNamara, Andy Mendez, and Roxanna Pineda, from Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, and Eliza Bell, Mary Bonomo, and Marlee Mitchell, from Clinton Senior High School, all worked together with Institute staff on all aspects of producing the exhibition, from selecting the objects to leading tours. The students met and worked with other museum staff to learn about each persons career background and role at the museum. The students completed regular assignments and participated in art research, publication design, marketing, exhibition layout and installation, arranging public programs and tours; and producing an audioguide of the exhibition.
For more information about the program, contact Museum Education Director April Oswald, at 797-0000 ext. 2144, or email.