All'interno by Pasquale Cuppari(background-left)
Kindle and Blossom by Eric Jiaju Lee (background-center)
Respirando ("Breathing") by Angelica Bergamini (center)
Rooted by Carole Loeffler (soundscape by Steven Darby) (right)
Variation of Celestial Mandalas by Heejung Kim (background-right)
Alexandra Henderson and Meghan Brady, two students pursuing their B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently co-curated "Seeing Red," an exhibition in Walsh Gallery. "Seeing Red" examined the cultural, political, and religious connotations of the color red and included work from around the world. Using books, works on paper, religious items, textiles and artworks made from a variety of media, Henderson and Brady designed an exhibit to encourage dialogue about the meaning of the color red across various themes and cultures.
"'Seeing Red' sought to encourage critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding," Henderson explained. "We wanted to demonstrate that while there are differences in the meaning of the color red around the world, there are also instances of overlapping significance. By juxtaposing multiple perspectives found across cultures we wanted visitors to understand interpretations of the color other than their own and generate conversation that extends beyond the gallery," she said.
The notion that the color red can be a unifying power was exhibited in featured artist, Heejung Kim's work "Variation of Celestial Mandalas." Kim had multiple ink and marker on paper drawings in the exhibition displaying Mandalas or maps of the universe in various shades of red. Kim explained that the Mandala is a part of Buddhist teachings which emphasize unity among differences. Her drawings depicted her dreams of the stars and their celestial power of unification across the universe.
Granny Graffiti by Carole Loeffler
Additionally, the exhibition incorporated "Granny Graffiti" a public art project from Philadelphia based artist, Carole Loeffler. Loeffler created 12 vintage doilies inscribed with positive words and sayings such as, "Do!", "Take Responsibility", and "Keep Trying." She placed these doilies around the Seton Hall campus in the hopes that her words would encourage and inspire the University community.
"Seeing Red" featured two other works by Loeffler inspired by the color. "I wanted to figure out red," Loeffler explained when asked why she primarily uses red in her artwork. "I love structure as an artist. I like the repetition of the same color over and over. It's all part of the labor of making art," she said.
Eric Jiaju Lee, "Fate's Fete," acrylic on silk, 38" x 79", 2009
This exhibition was the culmination of nearly 12 months of work, and the final project for Producing an Exhibition, a course offered to students interested in pursuing the Exhibition Development track. "When we were given the topic of the color red by Gallery Director and Instructor Jeanne Brasile, we felt both excited and overwhelmed," Brady shared. "The color red is such a vast topic and as such, there were so many possible directions we could have taken the show. We grappled with how to best demonstrate the color's multiplicity of meaning, not focusing too much on any one culture's understanding, while not including too many interpretations, resulting in an imbalance. We feel that we created a well-balanced exhibition, but ultimately just scratched the surface of this expansive topic," she said.
The accelerated B.A./M.A. in Museum Professions allows Seton Hall University undergraduate students majoring in programs such as art history, anthropology, English, history, or others to take 12 graduate credits. These 12 credits count toward both the B.A. and the M.A. degree. Following undergraduate commencement, students complete the remaining 27 credits of the M.A. degree. Students in the program pursue one of four professional areas of study, including Museum Education, Museum Registration, Museum Management, or Exhibition Development.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered.
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