Schick Art Gallery
Muse at Home Card Image

Gertrude Stein in her salon, writing.  Photo by Man Ray, 1926.
(Image courtesy the Man Ray Trust and the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.)


11/1/12 - 12/16/12
The Muse at Home
Opening reception on Thursday, November 1, 5:30 - 7 PM

The Muse at Home explores how and why we live with art, and the many ways art inspires our work. Art and objects from the homes of 27 faculty and staff in the departments of Studio Art, Art History, and the Tang Museum will be on display. Among this number are thoughtful collectors of contemporary art, researchers who gather material related to their field, and enthusiasts with one cherished piece. Works range from contemporary art to African textiles, and from illustrations by William Steig and Saul Steinberg to a Dresang stoneware teapot and an early twentieth century tea service. The exhibition includes excerpts of interviews conducted by Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Shepard in which participants talk about the art they own, and how it relates to their endeavors. Related text and programming (see below) includes discussion of the history of collecting and the many motivations of those who collect art today.

Participants are: Lisa Aronson, Ian Berry, Yvette Cortes, John Cunningham, Katie DeGroot, Ginger Ertz, John Galt, Deb Hall, Katie Hauser, Mimi Hellman, Megan Hyde, Elizabeth Karp, Trish Lyell, Doretta Miller, Deborah Morris, Victoria Palermo, Robert ParkeHarrison, David Peterson, Vicky Riley, Paul Sattler, David Seilor, Rachel Seligman, Rebecca Shepard, Joanne Vella, Kelly Ward, John Weber, and Matt Wilt.

Related programming:
Panel talk: Above (and Beyond) the Couch: How and why we live with art
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m., Schick Art Gallery
Katie Hauser, Elizabeth Karp, Trish Lyell, and Robert ParkeHarrison
Four contributors to the exhibit - an art historian, a museum collections manager, and two artists - speak about the various motivations for collecting art, and how living with art enriches our lives.

Lecture: Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection
Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m., Davis Auditorium
The Schick Gallery is pleased to present guest lecturer Inge Reist, Director of the Center for the History of Collecting; Reist will speak about the history of art collecting in America and about the close connection between art collecting, patronage, and the history of art.

Panel talk: Collecting in the community
Tuesday, November 27, 6 p.m., The Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Artists, gallerists, and collectors share their experiences related to building collections of art by local and regional artists.