Visual Arts

A Library Becomes A Museum

by Duo Dickinson | Aug 26, 2016 8:15 am

Duo Dickinson PhotoSet to reopen to the public Sept. 6, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, built not only to house books but to glory in their beauty and physical presence, is at a crossroads. Will the stacks, designed as a celebratory exhibit in a glass inner cube for all who enter, take on a different life in an increasingly digital age?

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Randomness Strikes Again At Arts Council

by Allan Appel | Aug 25, 2016 8:10 am

Allan Appel Photo Into the hat dropped the 600. The brave, the anonymous 600.

Not the soldiers of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade, which poem of my youth I simply can’t can’t eradicate from an echoing memory; the 600 or so artists of all media and levels of experience, who are members of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Curator Debbie Hess wrote their names on small slips of paper and dropped them in a hat, both literal and figurative. The hat, once again, was Dr. Seussian and purple.

Then out came the names of 16 artists who comprise “Shuffle & Shake,” the two-part show of artists randomly chosen to show their work in the last exhibit of the summer at the council’s Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery on Audubon Street.

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Come To Their Window

by Lucy Gellman | Aug 11, 2016 12:50 pm | Comments (1)

Courtesy The Grove The Grove coworking space on Chapel Street has new tenants living by its downstairs window. Close to 65 of them, and growing.

After moving in quietly at the beginning of this month — just a few at a time, until suddenly they packed the space, in plain view during the day and well into each night —  they have begun to attract an audience, shimmering scale-like in the sunlight before growing a little despondent when the sky clouds over or dusk falls. 

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Oh Yeah! That Was Your Design, Not Ours

by Aliyya Swaby | Aug 8, 2016 8:11 am | Comments (3)

Aliyya Swaby Photo Alex Dakoulas recognized the cursive letters outlined in orange and blue on major clothing retailer Wet Seal’s website, and realized: his store had been ripped off.

Wet Seal was selling an iron-on patch that used the exact design of independent artist Vaughn Fender — an exclusive design found only at Dakoulas’ store Strange Ways in Westville.

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Students Make Artspace Their “Kingdom”

by Ifeanyi Awachie | Aug 4, 2016 8:16 am

Chris Randall Photos The exhibition “Stages and Kingdoms of Exile”  —  the latest annual installment in which high-school artists take over Artspace, this year until Sept. 10 —  was the culmination of the students’ work over three weeks with lead teaching artist and acclaimed painter Wardell Milan as part of Artspace’s 2016 Summer Apprenticeship Program (SAP).

In addition to cultivating New Haven’s emerging visual art talent, the program helps groom the city’s crop of burgeoning actors and playwrights; these students were taught and mentored by hip hop poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis, Executive Artistic Director Dexter Singleton of Collective Consciousness Theatre, and Jeremy O. Harris, an incoming playwriting student at the Yale School of Drama.

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Windows On A Shameful Past

by Kica Matos | Jul 25, 2016 12:11 pm | Comments (9)

Twenty-seven shards of glass: That is what remains of a stained-glass pane at Calhoun College depicting slaves picking cotton after Corey Menafee, an African American employee at Yale University, knocked it down with a broomstick. Mr. Menafee explained his act with great clarity, stating that “… I don’t know, something inside me said, you know, that thing has to come down … It was a picture that just — you know, as soon as you look at it, it just hurts.”

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