Each new season at CCAD brings a fresh roster of events and exhibitions, each seemingly more dynamic than the one before. As expected, this spring is no different. And Exhibitions Director Michael Goodson can hardly say enough about our season opener, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny.
“What you get with Carrie is a celebration of painting,” Goodson said.
The mid-career painter packs a punch—her bold mergings of political imagery and abstraction are at once visually stimulating and psychologically challenging.
“They’re almost like sculpture,” Goodson said of Moyer’s paintings. “They’re incredibly dense.”
Moyer’s affinity for agitprop informs her highly graphic work, with influences like 1960s and ’70s counter-culture graphics and 1970s feminist art.
Ian Berry—called “one of the sharpest minds in contemporary art” by Goodson—will join Moyer for a conversation about her work Feb. 12.
Berry curated the exhibition, in collaboration with the artist, for the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, where he serves as director.
Also not to be missed is a visit from innovative typographer David Carson on April 10.
Carson broke the mold of typography and page design in the 1990s, beautifully altering words to prove that letters on a page were much more than what they seemed.
“He changed everything [about typography],” Goodson said.
American creator of the Occupy Wall Street meme Micah White‘s visit on Feb. 20 is sure to spark conversation.
Considered one of today’s most innovative social activists, the former editor of Adbusters magazine will speak on the important position of artists and designers in social change in his talk, On Contradiction: The Future of Protest Is Slow.
With 15 years of campaign experience under his belt, White urges the 99% to harness the power of information and spark positive social change.
Of course, our spring season simply wouldn’t be the same without showcasing the immense talent and creativity of our students.
The 2014 New Projects MFA Thesis Exhibition opening April 4 will feature the culminating achievements of CCAD’s graduating MFA candidates with a diverse display of work ranging from jewelry and illustration to painting and digital media.
The academic year will close with one of the college’s longest traditions, SHOW: The 135th Annual Student Exhibition, opening May 9. Year after year, this event shows the best work from each of CCAD’s nine majors and serves as a testament to the unending talent and drive of our students.
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