We seem to be coming to the end of the tunnel and the light is within our grasp with this pandemic. Countries are opening, business are preparing to welcome their customers back But one thing is for sure, things will definitely be different for a while. Especially in industries in which caters for large groups. Art being one of them.
There is a rise in virtual galleries:
Spokane Arts will post an online open gallery for local artists to share their works via Artsteps. Step into the nonprofit arts organization’s virtual space on Friday (or any time in the month of May) and see new work by more than 20 local artists. Find the link on Spokane Arts’ website at spokanearts.org. Spokane Arts also will host a virtual panel discussion titled “Creative Urgencies” to explore ideas around community-based and new media-driven art practices. Azzah Sultan, one of the artists now showing at Terrain Gallery, will be on the panel along with Spokane-based sound and visual artist Jessy Earle and Mary Welcome, a multidisciplinary cultural worker and artist-activist. Artist June T. Sanders will moderate the group discussion subtitled “Art, Networks and Collective Care,” followed by a Q&A. Find the link at spokanearts.org to watch the Zoom discussion at 5 p.m.
Richmond Art Collective will host an online exhibition, art sale and panel discussion titled “Processing the Now” featuring works made by collective members at their homes during social distancing. The 10-by-10-by-10-inch or smaller-sized works stem from the artists’ personal struggles or triumphs in making sense of this difficult time. Art sales will be available for pick-up via the collective’s Art Take Out service. Proceeds from art sales will support member artists, many of whom have lost significant income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To access the online sale, visit richmondartcollective.org/sale. Register for the panel discussion at us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aItf3-EURYy9ztyEAfkajw. The talk will begin at 7 p.m.
Laboratory, the art gallery and residency program that attracts interactive artists from all over the world, will host live-artist talks starting Friday afternoon. The creative chats kick off with Selin Balci, a visual artist and biologist who creates artworks with Petri dishes filled with mold, fungi and other organisms, and refers to her work as “a living studio.” She has exhibited internationally in group and solo exhibitions. The live stream will be on Laboratory’s FB and Instagram starting at 2 p.m. Here is a link to all the current Laboratory artists discussing their interactive works: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi9VWOiqRTyYy9Ya6alEVhBZzcJbUXWHU.
Gonzaga University’s Undergraduate Exhibition is virtual this year and still beautiful. The university’s art department has created a stellar online catalog of the senior students’ thesis exhibition. Learn more about the individual artists and explore the works of graduating seniors Sophia Maggio, Alexander Lee, Bridget Foster, Finn Semling, Abigail Kirsten, Sam Baird, Alyssa Lobkov, Lily Alsept, Grace Karam and Omar Avellán. Go to gonzaga2020artexhibition.com. Cultural institutions are also using social media to animate and educate people at home. There are specific international hashtags such as #MuseumMomentofZen that focus on sharing works of art. The other popular hashtags is #MuseumfromHome.
Technology is the solution for engaging audiences while museum doors remain closed, but what will happen when they open again?