Snite Museum of Art

  • Allison Evans

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    "Among the most difficult memories, well beyond any geometry that can be drawn, we must recapture the quality of the light; then come the sweet smells that linger in the empty rooms, setting an aerial seal on each room in the house of memory..."

    —Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

    My work explores the relationships between light, space, and perception. I recreate and re-present subtle, often overlooked phenomena as an immersive video installation, integrating projection into the site. By utilizing the available light and space of the site in conjunction with recorded phenomena, I conflate reality and the simulated. In Jean Baudrillard's text Simulations,he discusses the "Age of Simulation," the Postmodern Universe that embodies hyperreality. This world of screens, entertainment, and technology provides experiences that amplify reality, providing an escape from the banal. My work, in part, is a reaction against this emphasis of spectacle. I simulate mundane phenomena; thus, evoking an anti-spectacle. As such, my work stresses the importance of sensorial acuity and forces the viewer to actively perceive. The body is implicated as a sensate organ.

    This installation recalls the quality of light that once existed in the Meštrovic´ Gallery, a former artist's studio (built in 1955). Sculptor Ivan Meštrovic´ created works beneath the vaulted wood ceiling of the studio, which originally contained a row of large skylights. These windows flooded the room with natural light, allowing the space to breathe with the weather and shifting time of day. I attempt to reimagine the architecture's memory of light, imbuing the space with agency and consciousness. According to Meštrovic´, that which he valued the most was the opportunity to make art "...as long as the light lasts." By resurrecting the history of the site (from the studio to the gallery), I create an elegy of light and space. Show less
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  • Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! 3 Play all

    The Snite Museum of Art, the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English, and Spoken Word ND are co-hosting the 3rd Annual WHAM! BAM! POETRY SLAM! A reception will accompany the event between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m., and the slam will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

    Poetry slams are not improvisational and they address serious issues, such as poverty, violence, racism, substance abuse, and economic exploitation, among other topics. The emphasis on audience participation also makes these events dynamic; attendees are encouraged to give feedback and judges will be picked at random from the audience that night.

    Interested in participating as a poet? Poets must have three original poems prepared and can register for the competition starting February 23rd. The poetry slam will consist of three separate rounds, with each round decreasing in the number of competitors until a winner is declared from the finalists in round three. The poems must be original work on any subject and can be in any style. The use of props is strictly prohibited; only the performer’s body may be used to perform the poem. At the end of the evening, the emcee will announce a winner, and prizes (First Prize $100; Second Prize $25; Third Prize a selected copy from Action Books) will be awarded. To participate as a performing poet or for more details, contact Coleen Hoover, Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program, at choover1@nd.edu or 574-631-4799.

    Whether as a poet, a spectator, or a judge, get ready to slam!



    1st Place · Carnessa Carnes
    2nd Place · Tylah Gantt
    3rd Place · Emma Terhaar
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  • Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! 2 Play all

    Snite's second annual Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam! celebrating the creative intersection of spoken word poetry and visual art. This event is co-sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art, the University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program, and Spoken Word ND.

    A poetry slam is a competitive event in which individual poets perform their work and are judged by random members of the audience. The rules for the competition are simple. Poems can be on any subject and in any style but must be original creations of the performers. Each poem must take less than three minutes to perform, and these performances may not use props, costumes, musical accompaniment, or memorization aids. Each poet will go through two rounds of performances. Judges are selected from the audience to rate each performed poem on the basis of the presentation of the poem and its content. In each of the two rounds of scoring, the highest and lowest of the judges' scores are thrown out, and a tabulator calculates each contestant's score.

    This event was held March 20 at 5:00 p.m. with the Slam starting at 5:15 p.m.

    Listed below are the winners of the 2nd annual Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!
    1. Andrew Jackson
    2. Jared Windhauser
    3. Lonnie Atkinson
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