Collaborative exhibition displays archive of the human, nonhuman


Urban video display.An exhibition opening Friday, Sept. 11, in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery combines art, science and philosophy in pondering the status of the human in a posthuman world.

Titled “Bartow + Metzgar: Spatio Geographica: An Experimental Archive of Human and Nonhuman Agents in North America,” the exhibition finds Richard Metzgar of Oswego’s art faculty and Oswego graduate Paul Bartow exploring what composes the collective of the human and nonhuman.

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in the gallery, with the artists discussing their work at 6 p.m. The reception and exhibition will be free and open to the public. “Bartow + Metzgar: Spatio Geographica” will run through Oct. 17.

Their exhibit arises out of a concern for how one engages things from multi-scaled and varied perspectives. “B+M’s practice utilizes experimental methodologies to investigate ways in which the human and nonhuman can be understood as a complex network of linkages between things, habits, histories, space and time which are co-producers of a future becoming,” Metzgar said.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Bartow + Metzgar organized a one-day symposium titled “Emergent Collectives of the Human and Nonhuman.” This event will bring together speakers from visual arts, geology, biology, philosophy and geography to discuss the intersections of the human and nonhuman from a multitude of perspectives.

The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 9, in Room 201 of the Campus Center and from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The exhibition is sponsored by the college’s Artswego series.

Bartow + Metzgar are currently involved with a 13-month project at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. They have completed recent exhibitions at Action Art Actuel in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec and Locust Projects in Miami.

“Bartow + Metzgar: Spatio Geographica” will open concurrently in Tyler Art Gallery with “Kara Walker: The Emancipation Approximation Series” and “Getting Around: Transportation in the 1930s.”

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information or for visitors needing accommodations to attend, call 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Human and nonhuman—Urban video collections from the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec are part of “Bartow + Metzgar: Spatio Geographica: An Experimental Archive of Human and Nonhuman Agents in North America,” opening Friday, Sept. 11, in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery.

(Posted: Sep 04, 2009)

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