Fielding: Goldenrod and an Exploration of Connections

Wednesdays in September and October, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., starting September 11, 2019 | 144 Morrill Science Center 2 South

Leonardo Drew, 74P, edition MONO, 2017. Pigmented and cast handmade paper with hand applied pigment, 48 x 70 in. Leonardo Drew, 74P, edition MONO, 2017. Pigmented and cast handmade paper with hand applied pigment, 48 x 70 in.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | 144 Morrill Science Center 2 South
Closing: Wed, Oct 30 | 5:00 – 7:00 | 144 Morrill Science Center 2 South 

A Pop-Up Exhibition by UMCA/NHC Artist-In-Residence Emily Tareila

Fielding: Goldenrod, An Exploration of Connections, is the first Pop-Up Exhibition organized by the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) and the UMass Natural History Collections (NHC), curated by Emily Tareila (MFA, Studio Arts, 2019). This inaugural collaborative project brings an artist’s perspective to the Natural History Collections and offers a new way for students and the public to engage with the natural world, and with the rich collections NHC has to offer.
central goals with this collaboration are to generate greater awareness of the NHC by inviting an artist to use their collections as a site for exploration and to generate new work. Then, to present the results of their artistic research to the UMass community and general public. This collaboration allows NHC to showcase some of their important holdings, and to invite visitors to learn more about their work. We hope that this project, at the intersection of art and science, allows for fresh insights in both arenas, with artists and scientists looking at their work and the natural world in new ways.

Emily Tareila’s project investigates both human uses and the history of the Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)  plant. Tareila has researched the history and current presence of Goldenrod in the area and its significance to ecology, medicine, and food, and to the non-human sphere. Fielding consists of a Pop-Up Exhibition in Morrill Science Center with selections from NHC collections, as well as Tareila’s original artwork, including naturally dyed materials, plant identification artworks, cyanotype photography, and more. This exhibition is an outcome of Tareila’s Graduate Assistantship at the UMCA, and is a pilot project leading to UMCA’s future collaborations with the Natural History Collections.

Fielding will open to visitors with a public, interactive reception on Wednesday, September 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will be open to the public on Wednesdays in September and October between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., including September 11, 18, & 25, and October 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 in 144 Morrill Science Center 2 South. Each Wednesday there will be new ways to engage with the project, from activities to changes in the installation. The project will culminate with a closing reception in the same location on Wednesday, October 30, 5:00 –7:00 p.m.

The UMass Natural History Collections comprise over 400,000 specimens, including insects, fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a major herbarium, and a living plant collection. Its mission is to advance the understanding of biodiversity by supporting research, teaching, and outreach.

About the Artist
Tareila is an artist, educator, and facilitator who lives in Goshen, Massachusetts. She is compelled by the ideal conditions individuals and communities need to make, learn, be curious, and engage meaningfully in/with the world. Her work often takes the forms of workshops, gatherings, meals, events, and writing, enacting practices in sustainability, well-being, and lifelong learning.

Emily is a core member of the collective BFAMFAPhD.

She received a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She cares a lot about a lot. | IG @emilytareila