In more recent site-oriented, project-based art
the site of art is again redefined
Kevin B. Chen's The View From There at Microdot
The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA) is pleased to present Kevin B. Chen’s exhibition, The View From There. Chen is an artist based in Oakland, CA. His JEMA exhibition most recently opened at Microdot Gallery, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from July 19th – August 2nd, 2013. Thanks to Brendan Jamison and David Turner for traveling the exhibition to Microdot. David Turner is the founder of Microdot Gallery and also a Belfast-based artist and curator.
Paraic Leahy's Tight Squeeze at The Museum of Miniature
JEMA is pleased to announce Paraic Leahy’s exhibition, Tight Squeeze. Annette Moloney, JEMA’s curator for this exhibition, traveled Leahy’s Tight Squeeze exhibition to take part as a show-within-a-show-within-a-show in The Museum of Miniature exhibition organized by artists and curators Tess Leak + Marie Brett at the Skibbereen Arts Festival, Co Cork, Ireland, July 28th – August 4th, 2012. More recently, Tight Squeeze was on view at Microdot Gallery, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from July 19th – August 2nd, 2013. Thanks to Brendan Jamison and David Turner for traveling the exhibition to Microdot.
Fluxus Renovations with Ben Patterson in Italy
On June 4th, 2010, Ben Patterson presented his iconic Paper Piece performance at JEMA (directly outside the back door of the Raccolte Frugone museum in Genoa, Italy). JEMA Director, Sean Miller, designed a new gallery space specifically for this event. The new gallery was constructed with walls featuring numerous removable sheets of paper. In addition, Ben Patterson presented his new Golden Paper Shredder to commemorate of the golden anniversary of his Paper Piece performance. Paper Piece was initially created by Patterson, originally a classically trained musician, to suggest paper as a possible simple “instrument.” Furthermore, Patterson reasoned that paper is cheap, readily available, and may easily be “played” and performed by anyone in a variety of different ways. Traditionally the performance begins with, “A general sign from a chairman... performers enter at will. The piece ends when the paper supply is exhausted.” During the performance participants create sound with paper as they, “SHAKE, BREAK, TEAR...RUB, SCRUB, TWIST...” For the JEMA performance of Paper Piece, Patterson and Miller made music by utilizing the Golden Shredder and a miniature crane to remove and shred the JEMA museum’s paper walls. When the paper walls were depleted they continued the performance by shredding a current issue of Flash Art magazine. This musical renovation employed the support and assistance of the JEMA Annex in Genoa (Elena Aromando, Mauro Panichella, Cristina Peruzzi, Emanuela Tortello, and Giulia Vasta). The performance concluded with performers and audience joining to sing a rendition of Paper Moon (and the subsequent shredding of an actual Paper Moon by Patterson). Over the last fifty years Paper Piece has been performed in various incarnations at museums, universities, and concert halls worldwide. [Continue]
JEMA Annex at the Harn Museum
The John Erickson Museum of Art proudly announces new images of the JEMA Annex activities in Florida. The Annex re-opened on JEMA museum grounds on Thursday, October 8th, 2009, at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL. Each Annex facility is a mobile, semi-autonomous, multi-functional, project space. The Annex operates in a largely self-directed manner in terms of structure, mission, and exhibitions. During hours of operation the Annex is composed of Annex Consultants who act to conceive, construct, create, and operate this new venue. The architecture of the Annex is formed from the Annex Consultants, their clothing, string, and whatever else they deem viable to maintain their exhibition space. Body language, movement, pre-existing art/architecture, and thread assist in conveying and defining the goals, exhibitions, and programs that are produced at the Annex. JEMA Annex Consultants included Charisse Calaquian, Leah Floyd, Ladis Pietros, Kelly Rogers, and Matthew Whitehead. The Annex exhibited “New Works” by Kelly McCafferty and their activities were documented by photographer, Jayanti Seiler.
Alfred H. Barr, the 1st Director of the Museum of Modern Art in NY, stated, “Basically, the Museum “produces” art knowledge, criticism, scholarship, understanding, taste… once a product is made, the next job is distribution. An exhibition in the galleries is distribution. Circulation of exhibition catalogs, memberships, publicity, radio, are all distribution.” When the Annex is in operation, the Annex consultants determine what the Annex will “produce” and prioritize the levels of production. JEMA provides clerical supplies as well as institutional support for Annex Consultants.
A New Dome for The Reichstag in Berlin
On June 16th , 2009, Belfast-based sculptor, Brendan Jamison, JEMA staff, and museum-goers assembled at Queen Street Studios Gallery in Belfast, Northern Ireland and ceremoniously prepared Jamison’s Reichstag Zuckertüte Kuppel (Reichstag Sugar-cube Dome) for travel to Berlin, Germany. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the construction of the Norman Foster’s dome addition to The Reichstag, JEMA invited Jamison to build a sugar-cube version of this state-of-the-art glass and metal edifice. In homage to the iconic 1995 wrapping of The Reichstag (then domeless) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, JEMA Director Sean Miller commissioned the production of a special wrapping fabric to cover the entire sugar sculpture and a small wrapping event was arranged for Jamison’s dome at JEMA and Queen Street Studios Gallery. Participants in the event included: Sculptor Brendan Jamison, Belfast’s Chief JEMA Exhibition Technician Emma Connolly, QSS Gallery Director Brendan O'Neill, Flax Art Studio Manager Eleanor Phillips and Assistant Exhibition Technician Georgina Jackson. On Sunday, June 28th, at 8:30 pm, Reichstag Zuckertüte Kuppel was delivered, unwrapped, unveiled, and exhibited at Platz der Republik, The Reichstag, Berlin. Several months later, on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009, Jamison and JEMA traveled Reichstag Zuckertüte Kuppel to the Samuel P. Harn Museum in Gainesville, FL. to begin its U.S. tour.
JEMA Collects Dust in Genoa, Italy
On March 11th, 2009, JEMA staff arrived in Genoa, Italy with the exhibition Art Museum Dust Collection by Kelly Cobb and Connie Hwang. JEMA Director Sean Miller, and Art Museum Dust Specialist, LuLu LoLo, proudly traveled the exhibition in a series of museum interventions organized by Genoa-based curator Caterina Gualco of UnimediaModern Contemporary Art. Art Museum Dust Collection was exhibited at the following institutions as a part of a series of interventions organized by Genoa-based curator, Caterina Gualco. JEMA staff were officially scheduled to collect art museum dust at the following institutions: Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Museo di Strada Nuova, Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Genoa, Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola, l'Aula Magna dell'Università di Genova, and UnimediaModern Contemporary Art. LuLu LoLo and Sean Miller collaborated with staff and visitors of these institutions to obtain museum dust from their prestigious collections. In addition, LuLu LoLo and Sean Miller met with viewers and staff to discuss the history of the Art Museum Dust Collection, explained various dust collection techniques, offer museum tours, and LuLu LoLo performed: LULU LOLO In A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ART MUSEUM DUST COLLECTOR (Commedia dell’ Arte Raccolta Polvere). This short performance was delivered in the style of Commedia dell’Arte and detailed the trials and tribulations of being an Art Museum Dust Collector while encouraging audience participation.
In addition to their traveling exhibition in Genoa, Italy, Cobb and Hwang’s Art Museum Dust Collection exhibition has traveled to Spazio Utopia Contemporary Art, in Campagna, Italy (2008) and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia (2008).
LuLu LoLo Collects a Little Italy in Campagna
On August 8th, 2008, LuLu LoLo, JEMA’s new Dust Collecting Specialist, opened her JEMA exhibition, Sculpting and Collecting Campagna, at Spazio Utopia Contemporary Art, in Campagna, Italy. This project coincided with Campagna’s annual Rassegna Dell'Acqua-La Chiena exhibition curated by Angelo Riviello. For this exhibition, LuLu LoLo declared the entire town of Campagna a work of art. Performing as a sculptor, collector, archeologist, and conservator - LuLu LoLo worked to dust, maintain, and celebrate Campagna (down to the smallest particle). The collected bits of Campagna were archived in a new JEMA gallery, lined with shelves, cases, and vials to hold and organize the dust. As LuLu dusted Campagna, she traveled her JEMA exhibition through the town, met citizens, conducted research, and offered JEMA museum tours to viewers. Performing as a museum collector and sculptor, LuLu imported Campagna’s finest dust into JEMA’s collection.
JEMA Brings Bavarian By Law Into Place
On May 11th, 2008 JEMA Director Sean Miller, proudly transported the Andrea Robbins and Max Becher photographic exhibition, Bavarian By Law is in Place, to the 2008 Maifest Celebration and Parade in Leavenworth, Washington. Robbins and Becher’s exhibition documents the same annual Maifest Celebration in Leavenworth that was held in 1995. In an attempt to identify with his museum’s new audience Miller dressed in the neo-traditional Lederhosen worn by citizens and visitors to Leavenworth, Washington. When Sean Miller joined the Maifest Parade procession the subject matter of the photos in JEMA and the cultural / geographical context of the traveling exhibition aligned. Bavarian By Law was in place.
Gregory Green at JEMA in Belfast, U.K.:
During the month of April, Belfast’s newest museum, The John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA), proudly presented an exhibition by Gregory Green. The public was invited to visit JEMA, join a new nation, and view the new Belfast consulate for Gregory Green’s New Free State of Caroline. On April 1st, 2008, Museum Director, Sean Miller was bestowed with the honor and title of Consul General for the New Free State of Caroline in the City of Belfast. In addition, JEMA was given the privilege and duty of housing the Official Belfast Consulate for the New Free State of Caroline. Gregory Green founded the New Free State of Caroline in 1996 when he sent a letter to the United Nations and World Court laying claim to an uninhabited island 500 miles south of Tahiti. The U.N. acknowledged that Green’s letter was received however in 1999 Kiribati was given sovereignty over the disputed island. Despite the loss of claim to the island, Caroline continues to attract new citizens and consider new islands.
Gregory Green and Sean Miller traveled the Caroline Consulate throughout the city of Belfast. They met with citizens, accepted interviews, met with military personal, held a flag-raising ceremony at the Europa Hotel, and traveled to various cultural/political sites for diplomatic purposes. In addition, Green arranged to issue the first passport of the New Free State of Caroline to, Belfast resident, Caroline Pugh.
Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE in Belfast
On April 5th-29th, 2008, the John Erickson Museum of Art proudly traveled Yoko Ono’s exhibition IMAGINE PEACE to Belfast, U.K. IMAGINE PEACE was exhibited at Flaxart Studios, Golden Thread Gallery, and Catalyst Art Gallery. During April JEMA further exercised its location variable capabilities and traveled Ono’s exhibition to numerous locations in Belfast and the U.K. including: Belfast City Hall, NvTv Studios, Ulster Museum, University of Ulster, Europa Hotel, a “Peace Wall” in Belfast, Belfast’s Political Murals, residential neighborhoods, and the Glasgow School of the Arts.
Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE is a project with a message that, despite its minimal simplicity, poses a challenge to the current U.S. foreign policy. Ono’s exhibition at JEMA was organized with this notion as a strong motivating factor. However, due to scheduling, it coincided with JEMA’s visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland. This seemed like an interesting context for IMAGINE PEACE since the current political condition in Belfast is being widely described as “post conflict. JEMA staff considered that perhaps this international traveling exhibition experienced in this location might offer fresh perspectives and insights to U.S. viewers, and encourage an international dialogue about the nature of peace, politics, and art.
JEMA Expands and Parades in SoHo
In August 2007, the John Erickson Museum of Art completed the construction of our new wing of galleries. On September 8th, 2007, between 4-5 pm, JEMA opened four exhibitions in the new galleries in SoHo, NY, NY. Our new galleries and the exhibitions therein, traveled on route from Houston and West Broadway South to Grand, then left and right on Wooster ending at Deitch Projects (18 Wooster). These traveling exhibitions were included in Art Parade 2007 sponsored by Deitch Projects, Creative Time, and Paper Magazine.
JEMA Outside in Weimar
Lucas discusses Outside with a student at Bauhaus University's Main Building
During April and May, 2007, JEMA’s gallery space hosts a series public discussions, led by Kristin Lucas, seeking to discover Outside. This public forum project, by Lucas, is co-supported by the ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany and JEMA. Lucas is utilizing public and online forums to assemble a Search Party comprised of discussants, residents, and visitors in Weimar. Lucas is currently working with the Search Party to develop techniques and strategies to locate Outside. The team is traveling throughout Weimar and surrounding areas to follow-up on leads, paths, and frames of mind that may lead outside. JEMA’s architectural form compliments the function of Search Party by providing a common mobile meeting place for participants. In time, JEMA will exhibit the residue and results of Kristin Lucas's efforts to assemble a Search Party to discover Outside in Weimar.
JEMA and 100 Paces in Dublin
On February 24th, 2007
from 11am-4pm, JEMA held a sneak preview for Sean
Taylor’s video installation 100
Paces. The video 100 Paces documents a
site-specific drill/choral composition created by Sean Taylor
that utilizes drills, songs, and movements that are common to
soldiers of the Irish Defense Forces. This site-specific work
was a collaborative effort involving a platoon of soldiers from
the Irish Defense Forces.
JEMA Attends Aqua Art Miami
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Emissions & Remissions in Ice Box
Sean Miller and Bethany Taylor in Tacoma, Washington
In October 2006, JEMA
opened its latest exhibition at Ice Box Contemporary
Tacoma, Washington. JEMA's latest exhibit is an installation
Taylor titled Emissions and Remissions.
Sean Miller and Bethany Taylor traveled to Tacoma for the exhibition.
In this site-specific work Taylor uses string as a drawing medium
and weaves delicate, transient drawings made from thread. The drawings
literally become uncontainable transmissions as they migrate outside
of JEMA’s museum space, disperse on to the walls of Ice Box
Gallery, and dissipate on to the streets of downtown Tacoma. For
more about Taylor’s exhibit visit the JEMA Exhibitions page.
Your Prints Are Ready at Costco
On July 29th 2005 at
10:03 am, JEMA held an opening for Mark Takamichi Millers
exhibition One Hour Photo Paintings in the Costco
Wholesale parking lot in Seattle, WA. Mark Miller displayed
five oil paintings derived from anonymous photographic prints
he borrowed from Costcos print return bins. Museum Director,
Sean Miller read an excerpt from William S. Burroughs Les
Voleurs and Mark Miller offered a brief Childrens Tour
for JEMA patrons. The event was documented on a disposable camera
and left at Costco for processing. Look for One Hour Photo Paintings
to travel and JEMA to vary its location for an upcoming exhibition
at Howard House in Seattle, WA.
Limited Space and Creative Living in Macon
Mercer University students preview Cinottos exhibit.
In October 2004, JEMA
opened its latest exhibition at Mercer University in Macon,
Georgia. JEMA's latest exhibit featured an installation by Laurie
Cinotto titled, Limited Space and Creative Living Are
Compatible When a Room Works Double Duty. This exhibition
went on display at Mercer University's Hardman Hall Gallery.
Museum Director, Sean Miller traveled to Mercer to discuss
JEMAs location variable equation, Cinotto's exhibition,
and the recent online images of its permanent collection with
students and faculty.
JEMA Travels Its New Permanent Collection
Seán Ó Donnchú with JEMAs Sean Miller.
In June 2004, the John
Erickson Museum of Art traveled its new permanent collection
to Limerick, Ireland. This traveling exhibition was on display
at the Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA). JEMA extended
this permanent collection exhibition to remain on display for
the entire month of June. Prior to the official opening a special
sneak preview of the exhibition was given to Seán Ó Donnchú T.D.,
Irelands Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism.
in holding in JEMA at the Lander Art Center
JEMA and Lauren
Garber's exhibition in holding in were on
view at the Lander Art Center in Lander, Wyoming through
the month of April.
JEMA Travels to CAA Seattle
JEMA Director, Sean Miller, fields a question from the audience at CAA.
The John Erickson
Museum of Art recently traveled to Seattle, Washington
to take part in the annual College Art Association Conference
(CAA). JEMA Director, Sean Miller, presented a paper
entitled The John Erickson Museum of Art: A New Museum
Space. Millers paper outlined the strengths and
challenges associated with a location variable museum.
Sheedy Exhibit at Cemetery and Saltworks
Summer Zickefoose breathes in the exhibit at Mandy Sheedys JEMA Opening.
The opening for Sheedy's
exhibition, The Forces That Make Us Live or Die, was
held at the old Micanopy City Cemetery in Micanopy, Florida
on Thursday, January 22nd. In attendance were Sean Miller, Steve
Panella, Jim Street, Bethany Taylor, and Summer
Zickefoose. The viewing of Sheedys new body of work
commenced at 12:04pm and ended at 12:06pm. As part of JEMA's
location variable equation the exhibition was closed promptly
after the opening and driven to Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta,
GA and reopened for the exhibition Fourth Ward (curated
by Saltworks founder and director Brian Holcombe).
JEMA Attends Art Basel
Artist Sergio Vega with JEMA Curator Sean Miller at the High Art Opening.
Art Basel Miami Beach
is an international art fair, which started last year and rapidly
has gained worldwide attention. Art Basel Miami Beach is the
U.S. counterpart of Art Basel (Switzerland), which has been the
worlds most important annual international art event for
the last 34 years.
JEMA Offers Highest Art at Art Basel Miami Beach
The John Erickson Museum of Art Grand Opening
JEMA Curator Sean Miller with artist Jesse Paul Miller at the Grand Opening.
JEMA was officially
introduced in March of 2003 at the Museum as Archive, Archive
as Museum Symposium held at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of
Art in Gainesville, Florida. JEMA was announced as part of Sean
Millers presentation/performance Museum Grounds: White
Lies, Airborne Dust Bunnies and Maintaining the Appropriate Distance.