Annual Curatorial Fellowship:
"Eyes Are For Asking"

Mary Ellen Mark; Cage Girl and Her Baby; 1978
Mary Ellen Mark; Cage Girl and Her Baby; 1978

March 24 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 23, 5 ⎼ 7 p.m.

Talk by the Curators : Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.,
with performances and poetry readings, in conjunction with Amherst Art Walk
Eyes Are For Asking – Narratives in Photography explores the stories that are found in still images and the diverse ways in which they can be read. Unlike the moving image, photography interrupts time and arrests the flow of narrative, thereby creating for the viewer a space for imaginative interpretation. In filling the gaps around this neat slice of time, one is able to take from it the revelation that is most personally relevant.

Drawn from the permanent collection of the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Eyes Are For Asking showcases works by Elliott Erwitt, David Goldblatt, Sandy Skoglund, Andy Warhol, and others. The prevalence of photographs today often cause one to overlook their effects. However, it is this omnipresence that presents the viewer with uninhibited involvement in looking. Co-curated by M.F.A. Studio Arts candidate Procheta Olson and M.A. Art History candidate Gretchen Halverson, Eyes Are For Asking enables the viewer to contemplate this involvement by creating a moment and space for pause and reflection.

Now in its 9th year, the University Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Curatorial Fellowship exhibition has been the culmination of a year-long independent project for course credit, is a collaboration between art history and studio arts graduate program. 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.

This year Gretchen Halverson (M.A. Candidate in Art History) and Procheta Mukherjee Olson (M.F.A. Candidate in Studio Art) are the 2016 Curatorial Fellows.

Gretchen Halverson and Procheta Mukherjee Olson
Gretchen Halverson and Procheta Mukherjee Olson

To view a list of our past annual curatorial fellowships, please click here.




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Eyes Are For Asking - Narratives in Photography
Annual Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition

Readings by local poets followed by a talk with the curators: Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.

Eyes Are For Asking - Narratives in Photography explores the stories that are found in still images and the diverse ways in which they can be read. The exhibition also features an interactive installation where the audience can contribute to a collective narrative.

Parking is now available exclusively for Amherst Art Walk vistors behind the Fine Arts Center.