Since moving out to Oakland, I have been doing arts consulting work with some really great local artists. On Thursday, a solo exhibit for one of those artists opens along with the premier of the exhibit catalog, which I designed!
My work with Cornell Library was two-pronged:
After working closely with the staff of Cornell Library’s Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections on the Alison Mason Kingsbury Project, I was invited to manage a unique loan exhibit for the department featuring items from alum & Priceline-founder Jay Walker’s private library.
With collaborative support from the staff of Cornell Library and Walker Digital, we planned & executed the first extensive public showing of items from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination, featuring such rare artifacts as an original Soviet Sputnik and a dinosaur egg clutch.
In conjunction with the exhibit, we created a mobile enhanced website that allowed for an interactive experience with the materials. We also coordinated a number of satellite exhibits on the Cornell campus, as well as at the Tompkins County Public Library.
- Collecting Imagination: Treasures from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
- Cornell Chronicle article covering the opening lecture and exhibit
- Video showcasing the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
After the “Collecting Imagination” exhibit had opened, I was invited to serve as assistant curator for the Department’s subsequent exhibit on children’s literature. Working closely with curator Eisha Neely, we selected and organized materials for a special show that explored the often taboo themes that run through texts written and marketed for children.
An online version of the exhibit can be viewed here: Wardrobes and Rabbit Holes: A Dark History of Children’s Literature.
After being first drawn to The History Center in Tompkins County by research for the Alison Mason Kingsbury project, I quickly found myself deeply involved with the exhibits program, first as an intern and then as their exhibit coordinator.
Shortly after completing my coursework at Cornell University, I was contacted by the Art Department about a project to research and catalog the late regionalist painter Alison Mason Kingsbury’s work. Hired by the artist’s daughter Alison Jolly, I undertook the task, which involved traveling to Lewes, England, and Philadelphia, as well as multiple local repositories, to document her artwork.
Inspired by the idea of a dear friend and fellow artist-server (mentioned off-handily as she was leaving town to move West), I founded & managed a volunteer group of my fellow restaurant staff members that organized in-house arts activities.