Merging internal and external landscapes, Madeleine Altmann’s (81F) video works present a series of familiar surfaces made strange. Altmann tracks personal paths through places imbued with centuries of cultural and historical significance, most notably Massachusetts’ well-trodden Transcendentalist tradition. She is deeply invested in Rebecca Solnit’s notion of walking as “subject” rather than merely practical locomotion; walking as a universal, amateur act invested with myriad meanings: philosophical and spiritual, revolutionary and aesthetic, everyday and transcendent.
Current Hampshire College students and their visiting families and friends are invited to a reception in the Gallery, as part of Family and Friends Weekend (registration required). The artist will be available to meet and chat to students and their families.
Friday October 21, 5:00-6.30 p.m.
The gallery will be open for special evening hours, and include a short tour (6pm) focusing on Altmann's work in relation to Transcendentalism and histories of walking in nature.
Thursday November 3, 5-8 p.m.
November 14-December 14, 2016
January 23-March 3, 2017
Made in America features the work of artists and activists, inside and outside prison, to explore tensions between exploitative prison labor and the creative and intellectual labor of incarcerated individuals. While the former profits state correctional services, private corporations, political interests, and consumers, the latter offers powerful articulations of subjecthood and resistance in the face of a dehumanizing system.
Amy Halliday, gallery director
Room 208, Harold F. Johnson Library