Tabitha Soren’s Surface Tension intervenes into our cool, disembodied, transactional relationships with digital devices—and meddles with the “neutrality” of the information we receive through them. Soren shoots iPad screens with an 8x10 view camera under raking light to reveal the grime we leave behind—the fingerprints and greasy smears of our embodied selves, so seemingly at odds with the chilly detachment and objectivity of the information that flows toward us, unrelentingly. The photographs are titled simply as URLs, bringing viewers back to the “original” of the image. Rendered with painterly detail, the project considers “how people consume, manipulate, dismiss, cherish, interact with image-driven content online—and the relentless layering that accompanies this experience.”
Soren (b.1967) is a former Peabody Award-winning journalist for MTV and NBC news. Her photographs are held in many private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum of Photography, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and San Francisco’s Pier 24. Soren lives and works in the Bay Area.
Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ‘37 Director of the Davis. The exhibition is generously supported by Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis, the Alice Gertrude Spink Art Fund (1963), and the Anonymous ‘70 Endowed Davis Museum Program Fund.
Courtesy of the artist.
Feb 12, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13Stroller Tours
Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour. Designed for art lovers and their little ones. Join us for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:15-11 a.m.Event Date:Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (All day)
Feb 7–Jun 7<em>Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday</em>
This exhibition considers our everyday relationship to photography: the ways in which we mediate, understand, and narrate our lives through the snapping and sharing of photos, and why certain types of images become socially infectious.Event Date:Friday, February 7, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, June 7, 2020 (All day)
Apr 11, 11 AM–12 PMStroller and Story Time Saturday
Families are invited to spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries with their little ones during a free guided tour and a special guest from the Wellesley Free Library for books and songs!Event Date:Saturday, April 11, 2020 -11:00am to 12:00pm
Feb 19, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20Mindful Meditation
Surround yourself with art, and experience present-moment awareness, in this 30 minute meditation session. Guided by Kotatsu John Bailes Roshi, the College’s Buddhist chaplain. Meet in in the Davis Lobby at 12:30 p.m.Event Date:Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (All day)
Jan 20–Mar 6Some of Us Were Brave: Toisha Tucker
Toisha Tucker, the College’s 2018–19 Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellow, exhibits artwork made during their fellowship year. The sculptures and conceptual installations offer commentary on social and political issues in the U.S. today.Event Date:Monday, January 20, 2020 (All day) to Friday, March 6, 2020 (All day)
Feb 7–Jun 7Q20: Wellesley Faculty Artists
Q20 celebrates the inventive diversity of practices among faculty artists at the College, featuring works across media, including photography, painting, sculpture, book-arts, installation, video, sound, and transmedial making.Event Date:Friday, February 7, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, June 7, 2020 (All day)