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May 10, 2015

Learning Through Art: Unraveling History

By Jordan Chapman

Ephemeral art is, by definition, fleeting, but Associate Professor Carson Fox has made it something lasting, bringing the opportunity to explore the nature of the ephemeral to the Department of Art and Art History in the process. Fox was the force behind Ephemeral, a Fall 2013 exhibit that showcased works not made of fixed materials. Participation spread across the campus, resulting in this becoming an annual event.

For 2014, Fox presented Ephemeral: Unraveling History, examining how narratives change when told from the vantage of unheard perspectives. Unraveling History was a dramatic shift from the exhibition in its first year, bringing in works from Kara Walker, William Kentridge, Duke Riley, Lynne Allen, Ken Gonzales-Day, Skylar Fein, Sarah Peters, Patricia Olynyk, Maureen Cummins and Monica Chulewicz, while bringing back last year’s immensely popular Chalk Up! community drawings on campus sidewalks.

“History is something that’s constantly changing,” Fox said, as “new voices are being added to the dialogue.”

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The above works were pieces featured in the 2014 project, Ephemeral: Unraveling History. Work was contributed by William Kentridge (top), Lynne Allen (middle) and Ken Gonzales-Day (two bottom).

This article appeared in the Spring 2015 edition of The Catalyst, the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter.

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