Life in Plastic: A collaborative installation by students in the First-Year Seminar "Curating for Change" | St. Lawrence University Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Life in Plastic: A collaborative installation by students in the First-Year Seminar "Curating for Change"

Friday, April 26, 2019 to Monday, June 3, 2019
artwork made of recycled materials

In the spring of 2019, St. Lawrence University’s First Year Seminar “Curating for Change” introduced the concept of curation as a research method, allowing students to explore their relationships to others in their immediate surroundings and within the larger world. Students curated two types of exhibitions: a smaller photo-voice exhibition discussed in class and a larger collaborative exhibition at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. Working through curation, students created new knowledge around a chosen topic and completed the successful production of an exhibition, including planning, installation, and promotion.

Since curating was new for students in the class, the project posed many challenges. Students built the exhibition from the ground up, studying the work of other artists and galleries, and learning how to express their ideas. Instructor Melissa Proietti, a Montréal-based curator herself, assisted throughout the entire process.

The installation, comprised of plastic bags and aluminum cans that have been transformed into flowers, also includes photographs from St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection depicting the results of human interactions with the natural world. Photographers include Berenice Abbott, Lewis Baltz, Gary Braasch, William Eggleston, Mark Klett, and Paul Strand.

Student Participants  
Hannah M. Anderson   Hannah N. Lumbra
Claudia A. Barbera   Katherine S. Parsons
Charlotte Childs   McShane E. Sneath
Olivia N. Erwich   Evgenija Stankoska
Cristian J. Forgione   Chloe E. Stavinoha
Frances R. Hubbard   Phoebe J. Taitz
Jenna J. Koelling   Claire E. Wergin