How are culture, politics, economics and ecology inscribed on an object? How can the interpretation of an object, be it mythologized or banal, challenge our assumptions about history, technology and science? What drives the research and binds together all of the works in the exhibition is the question of how hubris, neglect, remorse, trauma, or hope may influence memory and the recording of history. Come hear Professor Millie Chen speak on these topics on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2pm in Benson 380.
During her residency at CU Art Museum as a visiting artist, Professor Millie Chen, of the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo will research objects in the museum’s collection that are of unknown or questionable provenance. She will generate interpretive strategies for the social, economic and political situations out of which these objects emerge and circulate. Questioning concepts of origin, authenticity and processes of remembering and forgetting, her research will lead to the creation of a major new work. The residency will culminate in a solo exhibition in spring semester 2018, featuring the new work as well as drawings and prints made within the last three years that focus on how violent events are inscribed on landscapes.