“I discover something new each time I step into the galleries.” Karen Ann Myers, Associate Directory of the Halsey, said. The mission of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the Colleges’ on campus art gallery is to “provide a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world.” Their latest exhibition, which opened Oct. 17, does just that featuring the work of relatively unknown Indonesian multimedia artist Jumaadi alongside one of Picassos’ lesser known collaborations Diurnes.
Jumaadi works in medias ranging from painting, drawing, sculpture, installations and shadow puppets. While he has exhibited extensively in Australia, Indonesia and Europe, forgive me not to miss you not is his first exhibition in the United States. Beginning in August, he completed a two-month artist residency at the Halsey where he created new works to be shown including paintings and drawings currently on display, as well as a series of contemporary and historical Indonesian shadow puppets. Jummadis’ work is said to resemble a dream like state with many of his figures seeming to be carrying burdens, which he calls a metaphor for the human condition. In regards to Jumaadis’ exhibition, Myers said, “Nearly all the works on view in the Halsey Institute galleries were created during his time here, including a shadow puppet performance. The galleries have been his studio for the past couple of weeks. There’s nothing more inspiring than walking out of my office and into the chaos of an artist’s space.”
Pablo Picasso is arguably one of the most well known artists of the twentieth century. He created many world-renowned works including Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Diurnes is one of Picassos’ relatively unknown projects where he collaborated with French photographer André Villers in 1962. The series of double exposures combines the photographs of Villers along with cut paper porchoir, forms, and figures created by Picasso. Accompanying the images is an 18-page poetic, script-like text written by one of Picasso’s closest friends, the French poet, film writer, and collage artist Jacques Prévert. The text presents readers with a set of characters and dialogues relating to the images. At the Halsey, an excerpt from the poem hangs next to each image. The guest curator for the exhibition is Dr. Diane Chalmers Johnson who is a professor of Modern Art History at the College.
Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not and Unknown Picassos: Diurnes opened on Oct.17 and will be on view at the Halsey, located on the first floor of the Cato Center through Dec. 6, 2014. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm and is open until 7pm on Thursdays.