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Realign: A Painting & Performance by Becca Baruc

Monday, April 13th, 2015


This Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00pm in the Payne Room of the Tang, Becca Baruc ’15 will present Realign, a painting and performance to be created tomorrow night for the first time ever!

Realign presents a new, large-scale painting and performance by Baruc that reflect the culmination of her work this semester. Baruc creates her sculptural paintings by crumpling and crushing the canvas before expanding it back out and painting “straight” lines on it. Audience members will be invited to move around the room and explore the painting from different vantage points. Then a short performance by the artist will follow, further exploring themes such as perspective, balance, and imperfection.

Said canvas is currently in the process of being made in Case Gallery–so you can stop by to take a look at it this very moment–after which it will be moved to the Tang and completed before the 7:00pm performance. After the performance, the painting will be returned to Case Gallery, where it will hang until April 18.

Realign is part of a larger series of paintings and performances by Baruc on Skidmore campus this semester. In process is an installation for the entry hall of the Dana Science Center–to be completed late April–and a painting that will be a part of an Independent Study in Dance by Anastasia Eckerson ’15, on view in the Art Building, Room 308, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm, and Friday, April 24 at 6:00 pm.

The performance is set to begin at 7:30, and there will be food beforehand, so be sure and arrive early to grab some goodies before catching what’s sure to be a killer show. Also, you might remember Becca Baruc from our coverage of ComFest 2015, which she co-produced. She’s also an American Studies major and a member of the Ad-Libs. And she’s performing in this week’s Friday Night Stand-Up. Whoa! What the fuck can’t she do?

Art History Lecture: French Painting in the Fifteenth Century

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The gentleman on the right appears to be teaching a lamb how to read and the regent on the left is all like, “Sorry bro, not impressed.”

On Wednesday, Visiting Assistant Professor Jennifer Courts will deliver the annal Art History Lecture, titled  “Paint, Possessions, and Polity: Fifteenth-Century Foundations of French Painting.“

According to Skidmore propaganda:

“France’s position in the development of fifteenth-century oil painting is often overlooked for a number of reasons, foremost of which is the national economic and emotional toll of the Hundred Years’ War. Traditional scholarship has viewed the French adoption of oil painting as motivated by a change in taste among wealthy Parisians, away from the International Gothic and toward “modern” painting. But what exactly made oil painting, ostensibly the domain of the wealthy merchants of the duchy of Burgundy during the early fifteenth century, of interest to an audience composed of the sovereign and his closest advisors at the heart of the kingdom of France? Professor Courts will address this question by focusing on the unique ability of oil painting to recreate the people, places and objects of the material world.”

This should be of interest to anybody with a passion for art history or gaunt, pale, people suffering from malnutrition and (maybe) St. Vitus’ Dance.

Wednesday February 6, 5:30pm @ Davis

(via Speaker’s Bureau)