The Wet Archive: History, Desire, and Photography's Liquid Intelligence
January 24-April 5, 2015
Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery, Chazen Museum of Art, 2nd Floor of the Elvehjem Building
Visit wetarchive.wordpress.com for further information on the exhibition and events throughout the spring.
Wisconsin Book Festival Event: Ever Your Friend by Anna Campbell
Thursday, March 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chazen Museum - Curatorial Lab Space, Elvehjem Building, 750 University Ave., Madison, WI 53703
This event will take place at the Chazen Museum - Curatorial Lab Space, Elvehjem Building, 750 University Ave. In parternship with the UW Department of Art History, the Wisconsin Book Festival presents Anna Campbell's Ever Your Friend. Campbell will provide a public reading and talk about Ever Your Friend followed by a book and poster signing. This book event is planned to coincide with the exhibition The Wet Archive: History, Desire, and Photography's Liquid Intelligence on view in the Mayer Gallery of the Elvehjem Building, Chazen Museum of Art (one floor up from the Curatorial Lab Space). A series of artworks drawn directly from the Ever Your Friend book project are installed in The Wet Archive exhibition -- wetarchive.wordpress.com/28-2/queer-archiving/everyourfriend
For more information on Wisconsin Book Festival events, visit wisconsinboofestival.org
The Wet Archive: History, Desire, and Photography's Liquid Intelligence challenges the photograph as an image that stills, brands, and types, presenting the photograph as, instead, a wet surface that is still developing. The show takes us into the gallery as a version of the photographic dark room where the wet lab of volatile chemical and material processes of development and printing meets the open closet of intimate exposure and the exchange of looks. In this exhibition's fresh take on the history of photography, the archive's vault of dry, hardened images that capture their subjects is shown to be a place in which the images are not still but still emerging, their subjects eye us, and our quickened senses and feelings form part of the scene of encounter.
Assembled principally from major gifts to the Chazen Museum by D. Frederick Baker from the Baker/Pisano Collection, the Andy Warhol Foundation, Inc., and Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi, the exhibition configures an astonishing archive to whet the appetite. Bringing into conversation Oscar Wilde's cabinet card and Andy Warhol's Polaroids, portraits and porn, alleyways and drag, the exhibition juxtaposes a wide range of photographic practice from that of the theatrical stagings of Cindy Sherman and Man Ray to the documentary strategies of Diane Arbus and Weegee. The curatorial team in Dr. Jill H. Casid's new seminar in curatorial practice shaped and developed the exhibition's content, design, and installation. The course is a key part of the Department of Art History's initiative to provide first-hand curatorial training.
Upcoming events: The Wet Archive continues to develop across the spring with a performance by trans artist Cassils of Becoming An Image on February 17, a celebration of Wet Archive artist Anna Campbell's book Ever Your Friend (Issue Press, 2014) in March, and a closing event on April 5. For details, check the exhibition website: http://www.wetarchive.wordpress.com
Accessibility: The Wet Archive is designed and installed with the belief that accessibility is a universal right and creative prompt and not merely a legal requirement. For more information about The Wet Archive's accessibility, our investment in accessibility aesthetics, or to schedule a personalized tour please contact Jessica Cooley, firstname.lastname@example.org