McCabe Library features work made by students in Professor Logan Grider's Foundation Drawing course from the fall of 2016. The students were given the problem of constructing a three-dimensional composition inside a box built from recycled cardboard. The compositions were inspired by specific paintings by Giotto, Poussin, Titian, and Caravaggio. The students had to think carefully about how light would play inside the boxes and then create windows for either natural light or artificial light to inform their compositions. To complete the project, students made drawings based on close observational study of the compositions inside their boxes.
The List Gallery Presents: Alexis Petroff: Floating Drawings
January 19–March 12, 2017
The List Gallery, Swarthmore College is pleased to host Floating Drawings, an exhibition of mixed-media works by Alexis Petroff, the 2017 Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist. Petroff will lecture about his work on Thursday, January 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College. The List Gallery reception will follow 5:30-7:00 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free. A color catalog will accompany the exhibition, which will remain on view through March 12.
Inspired by diverse sources, including junk mail, newsprint, personal photographs, and the art of Venezuelan geometric abstractionist, Gego (Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt), Petroff translates linear elements observed in art and nature into volumetric paper forms painted with gouache and supported by wire armatures. His three- dimensional forms float in front of and behind cloth grounds that are appliquéd with opaque or semi-transparent silk shapes and through which other layers and elements can be seen. Building upon and moving beyond his experience as a printmaker and painter, he creates a layered space—an imaginative terrain that parallels the gallery walls but challenges predictable boundaries.
Since 2010, Petroff has also taken inspiration from found satellite images of long docks and boat houses that jut out into tributaries of the Mississippi and the Saint Johns Rivers. Drawing on an iPad, he interprets the long docks as thin, linear sculptural elements and he renders the boat houses as silk panels that float before the gallery wall as if on a river. His most recent work takes inspiration from the ways in which utility lines attach to the facades of buildings and explores the evocative relationships between transparent and opaque cloth panels. Exploring the poetry of light, matter, and space, Petroff conjures diverse associations with art history and the built environment.
Alexis Petroff was born in 1956 in Bordeaux, France. His family relocated to Jamaica, Queens, where he attended public school before studying with Jack McCaslin at James Madison University and ultimately receiving a BFA from Indiana University in 1984 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987. He has mounted numerous one person exhibitions in the Chicago area including at the Art Institute, A.R.C. Gallery, and Klein Art Works Gallery and Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, Ill. His work is held in The Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Ryrerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Prints and Drawings Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous private collections.
The List Gallery is located in the Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College.
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STUDY ABROAD PROCEDURES FOR APPLICANTS
FOR Fall 2017/ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
1. Interested students must attend a General Information Session. The following have been scheduled but more will be offered in subsequent weeks. Students should check the Campus Calendar or contact the Off-Campus Study office.
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3. Off-Campus Study applications are due February 20th. However it is important to note that the specific program applications may be due earlier and some programs operate on rolling admissions.
Sydney Dance Company – Triple Bill: Performance
Sydney Dance Company is the most renowned contemporary dance company in Australia.
The company has performed across the globe in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Joyce Theater in New York, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Stanislavsky in Moscow, and is the first Western contemporary dance company to perform in the People’s Republic of China.
The company is known for its dancers’ high level of technical ability; its integrity and precision as an ensemble; the choreography of its director, Spanish-born Rafael Bonachela; and the international array of its visiting artists. Bonachela’s 2 One Another won Australian Dance Awards in 2013 for choreography and for performance by a company.
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