A University of Chicago student engagement program designed and managed by Aaron Wilder
"gesture" #3, February 2, 2021:
Untitled (an in progress edit)
by Abigail Taubman, MFA Student, Department of Visual Arts, Class of 2022
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 4th 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 four of a series of small gestures features a video by MFA Student, Department of Visual Arts, Class of 2022 Abigail Taubman, Untitled (an in progress edit): “I moved to Chicago during the pandemic to attend UChicago's MFA program. I don't know anyone here and have felt largely disconnected from the city, the school, and all of their resources. This disconnection led me down a familiar path—to heavily research where I was in order to understand it. This research and archival pondering became a chaotic act of personal care. To understand my own narrative I had to understand how it was fitting into larger histories external to my own—how did my history, my own positionality intersect with those of Chicago? It is important for me as an artist to think about and work through these types of questions at all times, but particularly now during the pandemic when feeling unmoored, at odds with my environment, grief stricken, and confused.”
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: