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Kennesaw, Ga. (Aug. 8, 2017)—This fall, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) at Kennesaw State University considers the possibility of communication with the unknown in Medium; an exhibition reception with live performances by Shana Robbins will be held Saturday, Sept. 16. Highlighting over thirty multimedia works from local and internationally-recognized artists, including Carrie Mae Weems and Susan MacWilliam, Medium features the ZMA’s first co-curated exhibition from Teresa Bramlette Reeves and Justin Rabideau. The exhibition will be on view Aug. 29 through Dec. 3, 2017.
Medium investigates how people experience and communicate with the spirit world, and the role of a go-between--or medium--to guide these explorations. Through objects ranging from 1920s séance transcripts and Cold War-era “bone records,” to Carrie Mae Weems’ seductive and haunting projections, Medium introduces a space to talk about things we don’t truly understand and to experience the impact of history as it lingers in our present.
“Ghosts give us an incredible opportunity to talk about things that tantalize us and excite us, and it’s this kind of area – a vague area – in society where no matter what your background is or what perspective you come from, everybody has a ghost story,” says Justin Rabideau, director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art and Medium co-curator. “Whether you really, deeply believe in ghosts or are just interested in the notion of them, within that realm of feeling there is incredible potential for talking about difficult topics and exploring ideas that could otherwise be difficult to communicate.”
Medium is presented in conjunction with a vinyl record, “Medium: Paranormal Field Recordings and Composition, 1907-2017.” The audio supplement to the exhibition features sound recordings selected by Ben Coleman, including previously unreleased “Poltergeist Recordings” from the Society for Psychical Research in the United Kingdom and compositions by Dedekind Cut, Eluvium, and Frank Perry.
“We were thinking about ways to experiment with the whole idea of catalogues,” says Medium co-curator Teresa Bramlette Reeves. “An album, like a traditional catalogue, extends the life of the exhibition and gets the ideas and the work of the artists out to a wider audience.”
“An exhibition catalogue that is an album links in nicely with a lot of the concepts of this exhibition and this notion that the recorded voice becomes a ghost in itself the minute that voice is captured,” says Rabideau.
Each vinyl copy of the album catalogue includes a digital download and display poster featuring expanded content of artists featured in the exhibition. The album will be available for purchase at $20 at the Zuckerman Museum of Art during the Sept. 16 reception.
The Sept. 16 exhibition reception features a special performance by Shana Robbins, live music and light refreshments. The reception will be held 6 – 8 p.m. at the Zuckerman Museum of Art (492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144) and is free and open to the public. Accompanying album catalogues for Medium and Friends of the Zuckerman membership will be available for purchase on-site. For more information, visit zuckerman.kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-3223.
Housed within the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) encourages the exchange of ideas and artful thinking to inspire visitors and engage them with the vibrant arts community of our region. The Zuckerman Museum of Art presents significant works from Kennesaw State University’s permanent collection while regularly exhibiting contemporary works of various media by local and nationally-recognized artists. For additional information, please contact the Zuckerman Museum of Art at 470-578-3223 or visit http://zuckerman.kennesaw.edu.
Credit: Susan MacWilliam, Library (detail), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and CONNERSMITH, Washington, D.C.
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