This Week in Operations

We, the Operations Team, just wrapped up a busy week! Our team is responsible for event planning and behind-the-scenes work at Gund Gallery. We have been doing long term planning  for upcoming events including: Night at the Museum, Election Season screenings, and the inaugural pop-up show “Off-the-Hill: Student-Curated Student-Artists”. Additionally, we have been coordinating event staffing for PM Atelier, the Film Series, and a dance concert that was held in the Buchwald-Wright Gallery.
On Monday, Operations associates Lucy Irwin, Chris Paludi, Vanhi Kurra, and Alyssa Colombo planned and hosted the screening of the first electoral debate at Gund Gallery. According to Lucy Irwin ‘20, “Almost 300 people showed up, filling the theater and sending overflow into the lobby and out of the doors!” Overall, the first screening was a huge success and the associates are looking for ways to accommodate even more students and faculty for the Vice Presidential debate on Tuesday, October 4th.


Screening in the Community Theater


Overflow crowd watching in the Fischman Lobby


We are also in the thick of planning the pop up show, “Off the Hill”. The prospectus is being printed today and being distributed around campus. The team is working to advertise the Call for Art, with help from our friends in the Promotions Team. We hope to see a lot of submissions from Kenyon students!


Coming Soon: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates interactive installations that bridge the chasm between performance art and architecture. His goal is to produce works with which the public can interact. As an electronic artist, Lozano-Hemmer utilizes technologies such as computerized surveillance, robotics, and video.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Past projects include Sway (2016), a computer-controlled kinetic sculpture. The curator manages how often the noose will sway. It defaults to swing once every 40-60 seconds, symbolizing the rate of homicides in the world, but can also be programmed to move according to the frequency of suicides, rate of journalists killed, or drug-war related killings.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sway, 2016, rope, teensy micro-controller, DC motor and driver, wood and steel, 72 x 72 x 210 cm

Another one of Lozano-Hemmer’s interactive installations, Pulse Index (2010) records a viewer’s fingerprint and simultaneously identifies their heart rate. Fingerprints are displayed on a screen, while pulsating to the given heart rate. The work exhibits the data of the last 765 participants. As more people input their information, viewers watch as their own fingerprint disappears.


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Index, 2010, plasma screen or projector, computer, digital microscope, industrial camera, metal enclosure, custom software, 58 inch Plasma monitor

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Transition States will be on view at the Gund Gallery and throughout campus from October 10, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

Amy Shirer ’18

Favorite Contemporary Artists: A Series

One of my favorite contemporary artists is the master of whimsical color palettes, Cy Twombly. He embodies abstraction at its finest through the fusion of muted, soft tones and can instantly teleport you to distant Mediterranean landscapes. “Sit down, absorb the structured chaos, and let the daydreaming begin,” is basically what his artwork will say to you.


Cy Twombly at home in Rome, by Horst P. Horst (1966)

Twombly, an American painter, sculptor, and photographer, was born in Lexington, Virginia on April 25th, 1928, before he would set out into a life of adventure abroad. He was a notable member of the Abstract Expressionism movement, a term that gained momentum in New York after WWII. Influenced by ancient mythology, literature, and history, his heart became enraptured by Rome, which is where he lived for most of his life and derived inspiration for his work.

Rather than conveying a literal representation of an event or individual, Twombly utilizes controversial child-like scribbles to stir emotions. Pools and thin streams of color are skillfully drenched onto the canvas in different mediums. His paintings are metaphorical enigmas whose meaning can only be progressively revealed through careful scrutiny and personal attribution. An example of scattered symbolism and the juxtaposition of color is seen in Apollo and the Artist: laurel leaves which correspond to the wreath Apollo wears, clef symbols that denote he is the god of music, and a neutral background contrasted with blue letters.

 Jacqueline Sanchez ’20

Gund Gallery Student Artist Spotlight



Claire HarnEnz

Claire HarnEnz is a senior art/english double major at Kenyon College. She is from Madison Wisconsin. She also lives and works at the Kenyon Farm.

What is Claire’s Artistic Medium of Choice?

Mold making. She learned to use molds during a summer internship 2 years ago. Last year, in her installation art class, she was able to continue to use mold making as an artistic medium. She is excited to experiment with, and develop her talent in new and unorthodox ways for this year.ch7

What was it like For Claire to start Setting up her studio?

Claire found that it was really exciting to be finally have a space to spread her stuff out in. Claire says that with her own studio, it is extremely helpful to be able to look at her past work while making new art. It helps her gauge her artistic progress. She reports that the students in their studio classes focus on making their studios truly their own. ch3

What is it like to be an artist at Kenyon?

The two most important parts for Claire as an Artist at kenyon are the student art show at the Gund Gallery, and being able to have her own studio. The amount of freedom she has with her seminar, She is happy to say that she is confident these experiences will help “feel qualified to exhibit large amounts of work.” Claire is very thankful to have opportunities like this as such a young artist

George Costanzo 19′


This Week in Collections

The collections team just had our Art Loan wrap-up meeting on Monday, wherein we discussed ways to improve the program for next semester. Our role involves orchestrating the lottery and selection process, installing the pieces in student rooms, and making sure everything is done safely and securely. Other responsibilities include checking on the public art throughout the campus, handling incoming and outgoing pieces from the Gund collection (we just got a new shipment pieces that we’ll be accessioning in the coming weeks). Our next big project will be preparing the Cigarette Ad exhibition for travel.


Clarence Holbrook Carter, “The Ninth Hour”, 1978


Herb Jackson, “Untitled”, 1981


Scott Peterman, “Jordan’s Bay”, 2003