Sasamoto ’04 Demonstrates Installation at Alumni Show II

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

On Sept. 6, the Alumni Show II at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery opened in honor of the Center for the Arts’ 40th anniversary. At the opening reception, Aki Sasamoto ’04, a New York-based, Japanese artist, demonstrated her installation “Centrifugal March,” questioning why certain objects seem to carry more importance over others.

The exhibition, continuing through December 8, builds off of the original 2003 Alumni Show with a new selection of seventeen alumni artists. From painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance and film, the work spans the range of contemporary practice and media. John Ravenal ’81 P’15, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, acted as guest curator for the exhibit, which looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists.

The exhibition, continuing through December 8, builds off of the original 2003 Alumni Show with a new selection of seventeen alumni artists. From painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance and film, the work spans the range of contemporary practice and media. John Ravenal ’81 P’15, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, acted as guest curator for the exhibit, which looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists.

Artists included in the exhibition include Ian H. Boyden '95, Stephanie Calvert '08, Rutherford Chang '02, Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79, Renee Green '81, Raphael Griswold '06, John N. Hatleberg '79, Gabriela Herman '03, Elsie Kagan '99, Liz Magic Laser '03, Danielle Mysliwiec '98, Ed Osborn '87, Juliana Romano '04, Aki Sasamoto '04, Arturo Vidich '03, Stephanie Washburn '03, and Ben Weiner '03.

Artists included in the exhibition include Ian H. Boyden ’95, Stephanie Calvert ’08, Rutherford Chang ’02, Nicolas Collins ’76 MA ’79, Renee Green ’81, Raphael Griswold ’06, John N. Hatleberg ’79, Gabriela Herman ’03, Elsie Kagan ’99, Liz Magic Laser ’03, Danielle Mysliwiec ’98, Ed Osborn ’87, Juliana Romano ’04, Aki Sasamoto ’04, Arturo Vidich ’03, Stephanie Washburn ’03, and Ben Weiner ’03.

As part of the show, Liz Magic Laser ’03 will show her films at the Center for Film Studies on Thursday, Oct. 17, and Rutherford Chang ’02 will bring his installation event, “We Buy White Albums,” to the Zilkha Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 2.

As part of the show, Liz Magic Laser ’03 will show her films at the Center for Film Studies on Thursday, Oct. 17, and Rutherford Chang ’02 will bring his installation event, “We Buy White Albums,” to the Zilkha Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 2.

(Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

View more photos of the Alumni II show’s installation online here.