Julia Jacquette Survey Opens at Hamilton College’s Wellin Museum

Julia Jacquette, “Actress, Gold Dress” (2015), oil on linen, 60 x 48 inches, collection of the artist, New York. © 2016 Julia Jacquette. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Jean Vong.

A survey of work by Julia Jacquette, Fine Arts, will be on view at Hamilton College’s Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, this February 18 through July 2. The exhibition, titled Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play, is her first major museum survey.

From the Wellin Museum:

This exhibition debuts two site-specific murals created with the assistance of Hamilton College students, as well as oil paintings, ceramics, and works on paper from the last decade, including the complete set of original drawings from Jacquette’s first graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, co-published by the Wellin Museum of Art and DelMonico Books/Prestel.

Jacquette’s graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, focuses on the “adventure playgrounds” that were constructed in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s set against the backdrop of the financial crisis and social upheaval of the city during that era. Through mining her early recollections, the photographic archives of her family and her childhood neighbors, and the anthropology of Manhattan during those tumultuous decades, Jacquette situates these adventure playgrounds within both a personal and broader historical dialogue.

Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play is curated by Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director, Wellin Museum of Art, and will be on view at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, New York, from February 18 through July 2, 2017.


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