Spring Term 2020

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Aristide Antonas' spring residence at Dartmouth College has been postponed.

Fall '19 and Winter '20 exhibitions

Zenovia Toloudi and Christina Seely

Assistant Professors Zenovia Toloudi and Christina Seely exhibited work in the Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries in the Fall '19 and Winter '20 terms, respectively. The exhibitions and artist talks featured work the faculty members have made during their time at Dartmouth.

Zenovia Toloudi gave a public lecture on her exhibit Technoutopias on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 4:45 pm in the Loew Auditorium. The exhibit ran from September 24 - November 17, 2019 in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery and Strauss Gallery. Zenovia Toloudi's exhibit, Technoutopias, explored architecture's ability to animate the social imaginary and trigger the extinct civic self. The work critiques our alienation from nature and each other and strives to restore broken relationships. At a moment of extreme cultural and ecological anxiety, we're retreating from engagement, shrinking our world to the handheld sphere of our devices. It's the intent of Technoutopias to challenge this retreat and investigate how architecture, thoughtfully shaped, offers a medium through which to find the right size for tech and an exemplary space for what it means to be a public and publicly-motivated human. Intimate, historically-inflected, openly discontented and bracingly optimistic, Technoutopias' pieces invite us to remember we are makers of and participants in the creations we experience as home. And that if we do not remember our better selves, we may not be able to house what's left of what's most important. Technoutopias shares a series of possibilities for who we want and may need to become. It steers us toward a new civic vocabulary and fresh chances to establish rituals building empathy, courage, and connection. Moving fluidly between spaces, with an ease mirroring the malleability of the spirit we need to develop, Technoutopias helps us rediscover and activate a public and truly public-spirited self.

Christina Seely's show Dissonance was installed in the Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries from January 14 to March 8, 2020. She gave a public lecture on the work on January 14, 2020 in the Black Family Visual Arts Center's Loew Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition Dissonance highlighted works made since Professor Seely was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College. The exhibition included works from the projects: Markers of Time, Next of Kin, Species Impact, Terra Systema, her current project in-progress, Perdita, In Finding(s) and showcased a new video piece, "Dissonance," filmed this summer on a rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet while traveling with the Institute of Arctic Studies. Each project in its own way was designed to investigate and translate the complexities of both built and natural global systems in order to help a public register and face the realities of our tenuous relationship to the planet. Each also simultaneously pointed back to photography's layered and complex cultural role in translating the realities of this relationship. Embedded in the works is often a dialectic between the surface documentation of representative media and the complex reality that lies beyond that surface – how beauty can suggest the simple and ideal while both subtly reflecting and obscuring an often darker more complicated truth. Created during a time of great cultural, political, photographic and environmental flux collectively the works formed a conversation about sensing ourselves inside the realities of our contemporary relationship to the planet. Inherently in dialogue with the Anthropocene, they each in their own right suggested incremental but tangible ways to acknowledge our disorientation and accept the facts of the climate crisis we are all facing. (