Baruch College's Mishkin Gallery Transforms BLUES Exhibition into Virtual Multimedia Experience
For the first time, Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery is creating an online multimedia experience for the public to view its current exhibition. BLUES, by Sierra Leone-born, Berlin-based musician and artist Lamin Fofana, opened in the gallery’s campus location on March 12.
The move from a physical visit to the gallery to a virtual experience comes in light of public safety measures taken to slow the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, explains Alaina Claire Feldman, director and curator, Mishkin Gallery.
“During this unprecedented time, Baruch’s Mishkin Gallery remains fully committed to presenting exhibitions and public programs that educate and promote understanding of contemporary art around the world,” said Feldman. “We are excited to virtually open the gallery’s doors to our latest exhibition, BLUES.”
Experience BLUES: Mishkin Gallery’s Latest Exhibition
BLUES centers on a trilogy of sound works comprising the albums Black Metamorphosis, Darkwater, and Blues that engage with seminal texts by Sylvia Wynter, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Amiri Baraka to reflect on historical and epistemological trajectories of contemporary social and political thought through the lens of Black Studies.
Each week, the Gallery will add new content—audio, video, text, and supplementary material—about the exhibition on the online platform Blogs@Baruch. The first installment launched on March 23 with an audio guide by the Gallery's Nagelberg Fellow Višnja Begović that takes visitors through the exhibition.
According to Feldman, the Gallery will upload new materials, such as a video tour, curated playlists, interviews and readings, through the end of the semester, or until the gallery is open again to the public.
“We hope this material will transcend the experience of visiting our gallery, transmitting artwork directly to our community's home and softening the consequences of isolation." In addition, Feldman encourages faculty to integrate exhibition content into their online teaching and is happy to help with requests.
“We remain dedicated to our artists, art workers, friends, students and faculty, and are excited to continue to work in new and innovative ways,” added Feldman.
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(Story published on 3/31/20)