Rudy Gerson, Untitled, 2022, brass and brass hardware

Friday, April 7, 2023 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Incubation Series "Reverb" Opening Reception

Past Present Projects, Bok Building #203, 1901 South 9th Street, Philadelphia

April 7 through May 6, 2023

This exhibition features the work of UPenn MFA candidates Susannah Yugler, Rudy Gerson, lexi welch, and Maxime Cavajani, and is organized by PhD students in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, Hilde Nelson and Joselyn Garcia. It is the twentieth exhibition the Incubation Series, a student-led initiative that fosters new ways of making, exhibiting, and seeing art. 

This exhibition offers manifestations of embodied memory, the ghosts of loss, and layered, disrupted histories. Here, remembering and misremembering become gestures towards a shifting and elusive presence in space: what becomes isn’t necessarily what was. In conversation with the legacy of artist Rrose Sélavy, Maxime Cavajani engages with questions of fracture, transformation, and tenderness as a mode of thinking across time. Similarly, lexi welch considers the body as sensorial and perceiving, utilizing sound reverberation and fluctuations of light and text to locate the self in shifting, amorphous subjectivity and space. Reworking and recontextualizing found objects and archival images, Rudy Gerson manifests the tensions between intimacy, visibility, and self-fashioning as they are expressed through the photographic record and symbols of collective belonging. Likewise, Susannah Yugler examines intertwined choreographies of violence, militancy, and education and the fraughtness of re-enactment as a means of bringing a moment back to life. The resulting dialogue presents a network of materialities and temporalities against the background of the Bok Building, itself a site of memorial residue and loss.

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This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the College Center for Visual Culture and the Department of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, and The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Department of the History of Art, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Fine Arts, Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.