February 26, 2010

Alumni collections fill Bates show



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Auti Te Pape, by Paul Gauguin, Gift of Caroline P. Ehrenfest, Class of 1939

Staff Writer

Combining the scholarship of current students with the generosity of alumni, the Bates College Museum of Art opens a show Friday called ''Collection Project 4: Selections from Alumni Collections.''

An opening reception takes place 6 to 8 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center.

With guidance from the museum's curators and staff, the exhibition was organized by three Bates students currently serving as curatorial interns. The show highlights the importance of alumni donations in the museum's collection.

''Alumni giving has played a significant role in how this collection has grown,'' said William Low, the museum's curator.

Over the years, alumni have given works of art and financial contributions earmarked for the purchase of art.

Prior to turning the project over to the interns, Low and Anthony Shostak, curator of education, selected collections for the students to explore. The students, who then began the work of organizing and researching the show, are Molly Richmond of South Freeport, Emma Scott of Philadelphia and Andrea Svigals of Guilford, Conn. All three are seniors majoring in art and visual culture.

''It provides them with a really unique opportunity to develop an understanding of how exhibitions are curated,'' Low said.

As the students explored the work, they were confronted with a number of questions and challenges. These include ''how to select objects. How are they going to work together? And how to present a strong exhibition,'' Low said.

Works selected for inclusion in the show present a diversity of artists and media. They include works by Paul Gauguin, Louise Nevelson, John Marin, Neil Welliver, Walker Evans and Theodore Rousseau.

The show is on view through March 27.

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:


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