The Spencer Museum of Art opened the exhibit “An Errant Line” by renowned artists Ann Hamilton and Cynthia Schira on Sat. March 2 with a conversation with the artists and a following reception.
Hamilton and Schira were commissioned for collaborative gallery-sized installations which use objects from the past and create new work. The artists used objects from the Spencer’s collection which were photographed, scanned, enlarged, and transferred to cloth to create the installations.
“What I decided to do was to play with the idea that before anything comes into the museum it has to be made by whatever culture or whatever person,” Schira said. “I wanted to emphasize that the museum didn’t just hold things, it was bringing things into the world by its acceptance.”
The exhibit is a celebration of the ties that the artists have to each other. Hamilton attended the University of Kansas in the late 1970s and studied fiber arts under Schira.
Susan Earle, the curator of the exhibit, addresses this relationship between the artists and the relations that each share with the university.
“It’s really meaningful for us to have in our midst at the moment these artists who have these really deep connections to this institution and to give them a chance to explore what it’s meant to them and what this university meant to them,” Earle said.
The exhibit is open and free to the public and runs until Aug. 11, 2013.