Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art are pleased to present Occupy the Museum from September 9 – November 23, 2013. The artists’ and occupants’ reception will be September 10 from 6-8pm with light refreshments and entertainment.
Occupy the Museum re-imagines the museum as a collaborative teaching and learning lab, and as an experimental space that allows for the exploration of new ideas. During Occupy the Museum, a number of groups and organizations that naturally overlap with the museum’s mission to foster critical thinking and to encourage innovation and investigation through art will physically inhabit the space during their own two-week sessions. The occupants include (u)ntitled: The Wignall Art Organization , The Chaffey Review, Chaffey College Feminists (CC Fem), and One Book/One College. Each group has produced a schedule of special events including lectures, hands-on workshops, film screenings, and other kinds of programs that investigate the intersections of art, activism, and inquiry within their own respective missions.
Occupy the Museum opens with a small exhibition in the entry gallery featuring one artwork per occupying group. The exhibition features work from Elana Mann, The LA Art Girls, Joe Suzuki, and Ehren Tool. The works are meant to serve as a jumping off point to contextualize the programming in the gallery and to allow slow looking and exploration of art objects. Slow Looking is the act of spending considerable time looking at one work of art; new discoveries can be made by the viewer, regardless of expertise, by spending the time to actively engage and think about the artwork. The artworks will also allow further inquiry through the Wignall Museum’s initiative “Ask Art: Using the Museum to Make Curricular Connections.” An educational guide (the “Ask Art: Tool Kit”) is available to assist with slow looking and to encourage broad based interdisciplinary consideration.
Please visit the website for additional information and for a schedule of weekly events and calendars. Visit us at www.chaffey.edu/wignall
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Park in the North Parking Lot; permits can be purchased at machines for $1 for one hour or $4 for all day.