2009 Alfred Z. Solomon Residency: Arlene Shechet

For fall 2009, Arlene Shechet joined Skidmore ceramic students as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency. Aimed at providing students with an intimate opportunity to interact with a professional artist, the residency offered students the unique ability to discuss art making alongside her solo exhibition at the Tang, Opener 18: Arlene Shechet — Blow By Blow.

About Arlene Shechet

Shechet’s modeled surfaces demonstrate how clay mirrors the artist’s touch. Her objects bear the mark and memory of her hands. The sculpture's bulges, hollows, spouts, and holes evoke bodily features, and as the artist notes, are “suggestive of the curving forms found in classical Indian sculpture.” By coating the clay with eccentric color combinations and metallic glazes — created with an experimental disregard for traditional firing temperatures — Shechet not only fractures the objects’ surfaces but also undermines any single association with nature. Seeming to expand and deflate like a breath, Shechet’s dynamic works continually transform, as they reappear anew moment by moment.

Throughout September, October, and November, Shechet worked in the Skidmore ceramic studios, discussing her artwork and holding individual and group classes with Intermediate, Advanced, and Independent study ceramic students. In conjunction with this Solomon Residency, Arlene Shechet's work was on display at the Tang Teaching Museum from September 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010 for the exhibition Opener 18 Arlene Shechet: Blow By Blow.

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Born in New York City, Arlene Shechet received her BA from New York University and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2009), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008), the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona (2008), the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2007), Real Art Ways, Hartford (2005), and Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2003). She has created on-site installations at the United States Embassy, Beijing (2008), Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock (2007), the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York (2001), and elsewhere.
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2009 Solomon Residency: Arlene Shechet Schedule of Events

Artist Lecture with Arlene Shechet
September 23 - September 23, 2009, 7:30 pm

Opening Reception for Fall Exhibitions
September 26 - September 26, 2009, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Tang Atrium

Curator's Tour: Arlene Shechet and Nicole Eisenman
October 13 - October 13, 2009, 12:00pm
With Ian Berry, Malloy Curator, Tang Museum
Tuesday, October 13, Noon

Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
The Tang Pattern Project began in 2017 with research on cultural institutions’ branding by Design Intern Mallika Acharya ’18. It progressed into a collaboration organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger with past and current Tang Design Interns to propose a Tang Museum branding refresh. Their new patterns draw inspiration from the Museum’s exhibition history.