Lucid Gestures: An Exhibition of Barnard Alumnae Artists honored the 125th anniversary of the College with a diverse range of works. The catalogue, which is for sale, also featured additional work, including essays by Barnard writers. The show, which was mounted in the Louise Heublein McCagg ’59 Gallery, was curated by Eunice Kim and Vanessa Thill, both from the Class of 2013.
Below, hear from some of the artists and view their work. You can also listen to the curators talk about the themes explored in Lucid Gestures.
Erica Baum '84, Artist
An anthropology major at Barnard, Erica Baum explores contemporary artifacts in her work in the exhibition, The Naked Eye.
Frances Brent '72, Catalog contributor
In her essay for the Lucid Gestures catalog, writer Frances Brent pays tribute to the piece in the show by Mierle Laderman Ukeles '61 (image on the catalog cover below) about the value of women's work.
Lizzy DeVita ’08, Artist
DeVita's piece in Lucid Gestures is Untitled (Redheads), 2009–present. DeVita is a second-year MFA student at Yale. Listen to her explain why she considers her piece "an ongoing performance."
Christina Kelly '93, Artist
Kelly's contribution to the Lucid Gestures, A Field Guide to Office Plants, is one of the artist's recent research-based projects. The installation mimics an office cubicle, complete with desk and post-it notes.
Anna Liang '13, Artist
A recent graduate who works at Citigroup by day, Liang explores the guilty pleasures of reality television in her video installation, The Real World.
Ada Potter '11, Artist
Now an MFA candidate, Potter discusses how the size of her work in Lucid Gestures, Ice Field #2, forces the viewer to engage intimately with the subject.
Vanessa Thill '13 and Yooni Kim '13, Curators
Thill and Kim are recent graduates who are also fine artists (Thill is a sculptor, Kim is a printmaker) trying to develop a regular art practice. They curated the show partly to find out how other artists forged their paths.