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Madison, WI 53706
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Exhibitions

Secrete, Augment, Testify: Works by Chloe Darke Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize

Southern Rites


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Secrete, Augment, Testify: Works by Chloe Darke Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize
April 26 - June 16, 2019
Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries

Secrete, Augment, Testify: Works by Chloe Darke Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize

The 2019 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize has been awarded to Chloe Darke. Darke’s work suggests historic or perhaps futuristic medical apparatus: a row of simple, linear tweezer-like silver implements could be jewelry; a series of slightly smaller items presented on a tray; tubes with small containers attached. Are these vehicles for fluids to enter or leave the human body? Visceral images of corporeality are conjured by Darke’s work and the inability to clearly identify her instruments makes them uncanny and disturbing.

At a time when technology is being created to enhance our bodies and minds, when attempts are being made by to legislate women’s bodies, a young female artist conjures up a visual language where she writes the rules and creates the tools. Darke’s aesthetic is rooted in power, discomfort, and mystery.

The juror for this year’s Chazen Prize is Alison Ferris, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Des Moines Art Center.

Southern Rites
January 25 to May 12, 2019
Pleasant T. Rowland Galleries

In 2002, Gillian Laub was sent on a magazine assignment to Mount Vernon, Georgia, to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. Mount Vernon seemed the archetype of pastoral, small-town American life. Yet this idyllic town still held segregated high school proms.

Laub photographed surrounding Montgomery County over the following decade, returning even in the face of growing—and eventually violent—resistance on the part of some community members. In 2009, Laub’s photographs of segregated proms were published in the New York Times Magazine. The story brought national attention to the town and the following year the proms were finally integrated.

In early 2011, Justin Patterson, a twenty-two-year-old unarmed African American man—whose segregated high school homecoming Laub had photographed—was shot and killed by a sixty-two-year-old white man. At first, the murder seemed to confirm every assumption about the legacy of inequality and prejudice that the community was struggling to shake. But the truth was more nuanced than a quick headline could telegraph.

Laub has spent the last two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring family relationships, and challenging assumptions about cultural identity. Her work frequently addresses the experiences of adolescents and young adults in transition who struggle to understand their present moment and collective past.

Laub is a 1997 graduate of UW–Madison (BA, Comparative Literature) and studied photography at International Center of Photography in New York. Laub directed the 2015 HBO documentary Southern Rites. A catalogue also accompanies the exhibition.

Southern Rites is organized by the International Center of Photography, New York. Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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