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University Museum of Contemporary Art

Color in Containment

11th Annual Curatorial Fellowship / March 22 – April 29, 2018

Opening reception: March 22 from 5-7 p.m.

Color in Containment examines the use of color within a group of works to ask a difficult question: can color be controlled? Should it be? The exhibition, including pieces by Patrick Hughes, Andy Warhol, and Pipilotti Rist, among others, imagines vibrant works of art from the UMCA permanent collection as specimens under glass, inviting viewers to make their own discoveries about the necessity or futility of containing color. 

Whether blossoming across a white page or glinting from within a dark ground, color is a powerful visual force, which a work of art makes a necessary effort to contain. However, in the context of an exhibition, no work of art is an entity unto itself. In a room full of works color bounces. It spills forth and shrinks back. Delicate colors can be washed out and garish color can bully its neighbors in the exhibition space. Beyond the literal frame that contains a print, painting, or photograph there is the frame of the exhibition, which must be equally prepared to point color in the right direction or deal with the resulting chaos. Co-curated by M.F.A. Studio Arts, 2019, candidate Margaret Wilsonand
M.A. Art History, 2019, candidate Alison Ritacco, Color in Containment invites its audience to interpret these images and exhibition space with a phenomenological curiosity. The exhibition abandons the question of what color means, and instead explores the question of what color does.

The University Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Curatorial Fellowship exhibition — now in its eleventh year — is the culmination of a year-long independent project. It is a collaboration between the art history and studio arts graduate programs. The Fellowship is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curation in a museum setting. Over the years it has provided students with hands on experience and highly valuable skills in the job market.


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