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Student-curated art exhibit opens Dec. 7


Pieces Apart painting

Monument II, a painting by MassArt student Tyler Scheidt, will be featured in the Pieces Apart exhibit at Emerson College.

An art exhibition curated by Emerson students, Pieces Apart: Quantifying the Experience, is opening this Friday, December 7, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Huret and Spector Gallery, at the Tufte Performance and Production Center.

The exhibit is open through February 28 but will be closed during winter break, from December 16 to January 15.

It features artwork from 11 students from Boston University, MassArt and the School for the Museum of Fine Arts. It explores the relationships between nature and industry by deconstructing traditional perspectives and piecing them back together differently.

Each year, Emerson students produce an exhibition as part of a hands-on course called, “What is Contemporary Art?” During the semester, students learn the craft of curating a public, contemporary art exhibit – from finding artists and selecting works to developing a comprehensive theme and managing the installation.

“Curating an exhibition gives the students an opportunity to articulate what makes their generation unique from past artists,” said Joseph Ketner, who teaches the class, and is the Lois and Henry Foster chair in contemporary art theory and practice and distinguished curator-in-residence.

Ketner said the class challenges students to think beyond what they like personally when choosing art for their exhibit, and to consider a number of factors including how they will display their selected artwork in a three-dimensional space, and what each piece brings to the theme of the exhibition to make it comprehensive for visitors.

“I’m always excited to see the students’ visions come to life,” Ketner said, “and to invite the community to see a fully produced, contemporary exhibit from the next generation of artists.”

The Harry L. Huret and Ellen Marr Spector Gallery was funded by a gift from Judith Spector Huret in 1999. Judy Huret received an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson in 1969 and has been a member of the Emerson College Board of Trustees since 2001.

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