A University of Chicago student engagement program designed and managed by Aaron Wilder
"gesture" #2, January 19, 2021:
by Lily Scherlis, PhD Student in English Language and Literature
a series of small gestures, a student engagement program inspired by the Smart Museum of Art's exhibition Take Care and sponsored by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry is now in its 2nd week. For each of the ten weeks of the University of Chicago's Winter Quarter 2021, we will be featuring a short video meditating on the theme of care by a University of Chicago student on both the Smart Museum’s Instagram and website.
Week two of a series of small gestures features a video by English Language & Literature PhD student Lily Scherlis, Sleeping Men: “In the summer of 2020, Lily Scherlis mailed chromakey green screens to performers, asking them to drape the fabric over their bed. She filmed them sleeping from afar through their webcams, using the green screen as a blanket. The resulting images are edited screen captures from live Zoom calls.”
About a series of small gestures:
Inspired by the Smart Museum of Art’s exhibition Take Care, the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry invited University of Chicago students to submit proposals for short videos reflecting on the questions of how we care for ourselves and each other.
Through each of the ten weeks of Winter Quarter 2021, a student’s video reflecting on the theme of care will be “released” on the Smart Museum’s Instagram account. Over the course of the quarter, each of these ten “small gestures” of care will be accumulated on the Smart Museum of Art's website with information about the student and a short description of their project.
Student proposals were reviewed by a panel of jurors comprising the following Smart Museum staff:
In addition to the jurors above, this project is heavily indebted to critical contributions made by: