Dittmar Exhibits

Feelings?

feelings?

Senior Art Show

This exhibition features the work of three artists who explore the construction of identity and how we interact with the world around us. All are seniors in the Department of Art Theory and Practice who will receive their degrees in June 2017. Featuring artwork by Daniel Eghdami, Isabel Ngan, and Heiwon Shin. 

Exhibit Dates: May 12-June 17th

Opening Reception: May 16th, 4-6PM

9 Plays by Red Hook

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Arts Alliance Presents

This project aims to capture the sensations of birth, death, and change for the buildings in one of Brooklyn’s most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, Red Hook. Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the Red Hook emerging from the rubble feels nothing like it did before. As the black and brown people of the “Crack Capital of America” become displaced by new rich, white faces, the ghosts of the Red Hooks that once-were still haunt the streets and move through the walls of the buildings there. If these walls could talk, what might they say?

Performance Dates: May 5th (7, 9, & 11 pm) and 6th (8 & 10 pm)

Imprints of the Mind

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Community Exhibit 

"Imprints of the Mind" is a deep look into the impactful and formative nature of memories. It explores the idea that our individual essence is sculpted by a unique set of experiences from the past, which ultimately shapes who we become. Our memories not only form who we are, but also contribute to the way we think, behave, and interact with the world around us. By attempting to externalize a diverse array of memories, the artists put on display their collection of “imprints.” These works investigate the past while simultaneously delving into each artist’s present identity and singularity.

Exhibit Dates: April 7th-April 28th

Closing Reception: April 28th, 6-8PM

Neither Free | Nor

Heavy Rising-Williams

By: Brittney Leeanne Williams 

In this new series, Brittney Leeanne Williams investigates the black body as a site of suffering, mourning, and memorialization, yet still one that is available to transcendence. In Neither Free | Nor, bodies transition from persecution, through a kind of preservation, to emerge as deliverer or liberator. Williams dramatizes the 20th-century landscape painting, repurposing the pastoral scene into memorial ground. The tree leaves, blossoms, and branches become ceremonial objects through their proximity to the black body.

The series also engages narratives of “Whiteness,” frequently situating contrasting images within the same frame as Black subjects, creating a visual tension that exposes the chasm between Black and White communities. Finally, the work explores the role of black femininity within the iconography of the female form. Ultimately, Neither Free | Nor addresses the inevitability of physical suffering co- existing with the inescapable hope and possibility of redemption. 

Exhibit Dates: February 16th-March 28th

Embracing the Chaos

Erin Elizabeth Art

By: Erin Elizabeth

What is the purpose of celebration? Is it empty, bound to disappoint, or is it ritualistic punctuation of the mundane? Are routine experiences less important than celebratory moments that require preparation and planning? Embracing the Chaos explores these ideas and calls into question how meaning is assigned to experience. Each piece is a case study utilizing carriers of celebration such as cake, sprinkles, and gold leaf in an attempt to understand the paradoxical hierarchy of experiential value.

The exhibition explores cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental issues such as waste, consumerism, feminism, and social identity. Homage is paid to monotony, banality is exalted, and celebration is subjugated with chaos. The work teeters in an ambiguous chasm between expectation and reality, desperately attempting to capture fleeting moments while simultaneously surrendering to the inevitability of change. 

Exhibit Dates: January 6th-February 12th

Build Her a Myth

Carrie Schumacher Art

By: Carrie Ann Schumacher

"Build Her a Myth" examines the demands that feminine culture places upon women. Women define themselves through clothing, and use appearance to project ambitions, attract mates and signal status. Fashion magazines are the bibles that guide the creation of this unobtainable perfection. 

Romance novels echo this sentiment as they represent an impossible alternate reality where love is all-comsuming and eternally passionate. Although reality never approaches these fashion or romance realms, the former is advertised as a way to obtain the latter. The displayed dresses are seductively beautiful, but are created from the pages of romance novels, unable to be worn. Completely without function, they represent how useless feminine myths are in real life. 

Exhibit Dates: October 21st-December 4th

View more on the exhibit here.

Anonymous Women

Patty Carroll Art

By: Patty Carroll

Anonymous Women is about becoming the dwelling itself: experiencing joys and terrors of domesticity; challenging the idea of home and identity. The series is a commentary on obsessive collecting, accumulating, designing and decorating, inviting hilarity and pathos about our relationship with “things.”

“Staying home” is a state that some women also aspire to as a place of power, while others abhor because of its prison-like atmosphere. The worlds within Anonymous Women debunk, critique and satirize suburban myths of claustrophobic perfection, in the hopes of bringing humor to pathos.

In all cases, women need “A room of their own.”

The series is also a small tribute to Scarlett O’Hara, who, undaunted by wars, pulled down her drapery to fashion a beautiful gown, and would do anything to keep her home, Tara. 

Exhibit Dates:  September 15th-October 17th

 View more on the exhibit here.