A University of Chicago student engagement program designed and managed by Aaron Wilder
"gesture" #9, March 9, 2021:
by Katherine Beavis, Undergraduate studying Classical Studies & Art History, Class of 2021
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 9th 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 nine of a series of small gestures features a video by Classical Studies & Art History major Katherine Beavis, UChicago class of 2021, Cookies: “Baking is a series of small gestures. Barring towering souffles and flambe dishes, baking is a ¼ teaspoon here, a quick whisk there, and cookies come together quickly. Dropping them off with friends allows us to share a tangible thing in a way that we haven’t been able to due to the pandemic. Instead of dinner with a big group we have Zoom and cookies. It’s not nothing but it’s not what we would have chosen for our last year here. Either way, we support each other and keep moving forward in the small ways that we can.”
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: