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Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Mike Bourscheid, Justine A. Chambers, Noa Giniger, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi
March 23–April 27, 2018

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College
370 Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041
USA

exhibits.haverford.edu
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Above: Noa Giniger, The Sorrow the Joy Brings, 2012. Collage from steel engraving (Napoleons Grab, 1838). 16.5 x 21 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Above: Noa Giniger, The Sorrow the Joy Brings, 2012. Collage from steel engraving (Napoleons Grab, 1838). 16.5 x 21 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Billy-Ray Belcourt, Mike Bourscheid, Justine A. Chambers, Noa Giniger, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi
March 23–April 27, 2018

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College
370 Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041
USA

exhibits.haverford.edu
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Artist roundtable: March 22, 4:30–6pm 
With Noa Giniger, Mike Bourscheid, Justine A. Chambers, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi 
VCAM 201, Haverford College 

ten thousand times and one hundred more: March 23, 10am–4:30pm
Campus-wide itinerant performance by Justine A. Chambers 
Starts at Whitehead Campus Center, Haverford College 

Curators' talk & opening: March 23, 4:30–7:30pm 

Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy proposes a re-consideration of melancholia defined through our contemporary condition. Resisting the historical definition of melancholy as an affliction that creates disorder or inactivity, this exhibition reimagines passive sadness as powerful refusal, a conscious (or unconscious) “standing aside,” a willful production of generative failures and resistant potencies. Each of the contributing artists begins with the idea that outside the boundaries of “contentment” resides a potent flourishing. Unwilling is a resistance and a proposition: it responds to the profound cultural reckoning we are witnessing at this moment in time, as the boundaries and exclusions of state-defined citizenship become increasingly fraught. The exhibition asserts that sadness might be a defining aspect of an active and resistant subject, and proposes that the future, if it is to hold us at all, must address this subject head on.

Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy is curated by Vanessa Kwan and Kimberly Phillips, and is made possible with support from the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Hurford Center’s 2017–18 Faculty Seminar “The Arts of Melancholy” led by Richard Freedman (Music).

Unwilling: Exercises in Melancholy is accompanied by a publication designed by Information Office, featuring contributions from Billy-Ray Belcourt, Marilyn Boltz, Mike Bourscheid, Justine A. Chambers, Richard Freedman, Andrew Friedman, Noa Giniger, Christina Knight, Vanessa Kwan, Kimberly Phillips, Erin Schoneveld, Aniko Szucs, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Joel Yurdin.

March 14, 2018

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Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Haverford