The Winfisky Gallery opens the academic year virtually, hosting the exhibition Making A Way. This exhibition was created at the South Bend Museum of Art. The following is taken from their website:
"The mentality of the nation shifted during the week of March 13, 2020. That week, the respiratory illness, COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, went from being something concerning to something alarming as the United States declared a national state of emergency. If we weren’t seeing things differently already (doorknobs, handshakes, water fountains, etc.), we did then.
The South Bend Museum of Art closed its doors due to the pandemic on March 16. At the same time, doors were shutting all across the country to help prevent the spread of the virus. Stay-at-home orders were issued by governors and people began to wait.
During this time SBMA staff discussed many strategies for furthering the museum’s mission virtually. The idea for Making A Way — SBMA’s first online exhibition — grew from these conversations. We saw it as an opportunity to assist artists through exposure to their work while also presenting the public with an art experience from within the safety of their homes. Most importantly, we wanted to share the stories of artists — how the Coronavirus and imposed restrictions had affected their lives and their work. In the end, we hoped the exhibition would also be a way to connect people through visual art as expressions of a shared experience during a time when what is safest is to stay apart from one another. "
Please note that Making A Way is best explored via tablet, laptop or desktop computer.
Exhibition curator Mark Rasponda will offer a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 30 at 12:30 pm. Advance registration required.
Karen A Gahagan