Rachel Nelson, Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman, & Nolan Calisch
Portland-based artists Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman and Nolan Calisch, collaborating under the name Public Doors and Windows (PDW) and Rachel Nelson of the UCSC Institute Arts and Sciences came into the KZSC studio to talk with Nada Miljkovic about their co-curated work, the Collective Museum.
Collective Museum is an innovative participatory exhibition by Portland-based artist group Public Doors and Windows that encompasses 50 sites on the UC Santa Cruz campus. To mark the project’s launch, the Institute of the Art and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz is excited to announce a tandem exhibition at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery. The exhibition opens on February 11, 2016, and displays sculptures of each site in the Collective Museum, made by students in Professors A. Laurie Palmer and Dee Hibbert-Jones’s art classes, along with portraits of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who provided the sites and stories that compose the Collective Museum.
Exhibition dates for the Collective Museum are February 11 – March 12, 2016, in UCSC’s Porter College.
To hear our interview, please press the play button below. You’ll also find the interview with the IAS Director John Weber.
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Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, noon to 5:00pm and Wednesday until 8:00pm. The gallery is located at Porter College, UCSC and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free and metered or special event parking is available at Porter College. Group tours are available by appointment at (831) 459-3606.
Thursday, February 11:
4 pm Public Doors and Windows in conversation with Lydia Matthews, Professor of Visual Culture and Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108
5- 7 pm Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery Opening Reception, comments at 6:00pm
Collective Museum Walking TOURS
Friday, February 12, 2016 and Saturday, February 13, 2016
Meet at 9 am in front of the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) to begin the tour. Parking ($4) is available in the Performing Arts Lot.
+ Saturday, February 13: Meet at 10 am in the Farm parking lot. Parking is available at meters or by permit ($4). Center for Agroecology and Sustainable food Systems (UCSC Farm)
Join Portland-based artists Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman and Nolan Calisch, collaborating under the name Public Doors and Windows (PDW), on February 12 and 13 for participatory walking tours ofCollective Museum.
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Conceived by Public Doors and Window artists Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman, and Noland Calisch to be the first exhibition of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, Collective Museum takes the university from “having no museum” to having “one of the largest museums in the world,” in their words.
Collective Museum has been generously supported by grants from the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, the Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence, the Alumni Fund for Visiting Artists, Nion McEvoy ’74 and the McEvoy Family Fund, Patricia ’88 and Rowland Rebele, Jock Reynolds ’69, and by annual donors to the Institute.
About Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery
The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, noon to 5:00pm and Wednesday until 8:00pm. The gallery is located at Porter College, UCSC and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free and metered or special event parking is available at Porter College. Group tours are available by appointment at (831) 459-3606.
According to Institute of the Arts and Sciences founding director, John Weber, “Collective Museum responds brilliantly to key aspects of our mission, offering a creative, playful, yet deeply meaningful look at UC Santa Cruz, our culture, and our campus. It will offer visitors a unique window into the university. Yet I’m also sure that even long-time campus staff, faculty and students will learn something new and fascinating about this unusual place.” Sesnon Gallery Director Shelby Graham adds, “this multiple-site, exhibition project breaks new ground for the future of museums, by combining collective memory, storytelling, landscape, objects, and walking beyond the gallery walls.”
The artists’ “museum” demonstrates a broad, interdisciplinary reach, deliberately touching on locations and activities across campus, even extending down to the Long Marine Lab, and the Forest Ecology Research Plot, a hard-to-find site on the Upper Campus. Each of the 50 sites is marked with distinctive blue signage, with a short quote from the site contributor and a link to interviews and information. Additional gallery walls across campus further document the sites and deepen the project. “The artists are calling this project a museum,” says Weber. “But it is also a huge conceptual art work that needs to be experienced by walking, looking, thinking, and also talking with others. We look forward to creating tours of the project with students as tour guides, just like you’d tour a museum; not looking at everything there, but picking out a few favorite pieces to share with visitors.”
Rachel Nelson, the IAS’s graduate assistant, served as co-curator of the project while pursuing her work towards a Ph.D. in Visual Studies. “My work is on contemporary art that engages issues of social justice,” Nelson said, “and working closely with Harrell, Molly and Nolan over two years has given me great insight into the processes that inform and shape this commitment in art practice. I’m also constantly surprised at how PDW was able to capture so much of UC Santa Cruz. My own time here has been a mixture of intense intellectual moments with amazing scholars like Angela Davis, David Marriott and Jennifer González, confrontations with social forces, upheavals in the form of strikes and protests…all of it punctuated by dreamy walks through the trees and ravines. You get a surprisingly rich glimpse of this experience in PDW’sCollective Museum.”