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September 17, 2020

Announcing the reopening with new and extended international exhibitions

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

From Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance, SCAD Museum of Art 2020.

The SCAD Museum of Art will have five new exhibitions on view for the fall/winter 2020 season showcasing international artists including Guo Fengyi, Emily Mae Smith, Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, KAYA, and a group exhibition curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. The exhibitions and artists’ dynamic work reflect many of SCAD’s top ranked degree programs including photography, illustration, drawing, film & television, sculpture, and fibers.

“I am delighted to reopen Georgia’s two finest museums—SCAD Museum of Art and SCAD FASH—to the public. Additionally, SCAD continues to offer dynamic digital experiences featuring prominent guests and the university’s impressive permanent collection. Whether virtually or in-person, SCAD’s emphasis on education through exploration remains as we celebrate our preeminent exhibition and the artists- many of whom are SCAD alums- who create them,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace.

New exhibitions include:

Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance, the first major institutional exhibition of the artist’s work in the U.S. The exhibition features more than 30 works from Guo’s brief yet prolific career, providing an overview of her visionary drawings, which incorporate the diagrammatic, the mystical, and the wildly imaginative. Together, Guo’s works speak to the power of drawing as a means to comprehend and “see” the unknown.

Emily Mae Smith’s exhibition Feast and Famine presents a selection of paintings from the past five years that explore dichotomies in the artist’s work, with corporeality manifesting as either hard and slick or soft and sensual. Smith’s wildly inventive paintings are steeped in art history yet offer novel mythologies. Oriented firmly in the tradition of Western figurative oil painting, they reject the structures that have canonized the voices of white men and suppressed alternative subjectivities.

Presented in the SCAD Alumni Gallery, Edgar Sanchez Cumbas’ NO. This Is Not the Color of Flesh includes recent paintings and drawings that demonstrate the artist’s varied approach to media. Sanchez Cumbas (BFA, illustration, 1994) manipulates paint, found objects, and drawing in an expressive, non-objective art practice. Many of his paintings incorporate layers upon layers of thick impasto, which accumulate into abject allusions to skin and human bodies.

KAYA’s Under_Ursus presents a new site-specific iteration of the collaborative duo’s OraKle Paintings in SCAD MOA’s exterior gallery, the Jewel Boxes. KAYA engages in the slippage between medium, site-specificity, and authorship: neither the artists, the location, nor the nature of this work is singular. At the heart of the installation is the notion of an ever-expanding artwork, endlessly changing with unbound potentiality and cultivating new modes of being in each shifting context and conceptual manifestation.

The group exhibition I Put a Spell On You: On Artist Collaborations, guest curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, surveys 11 distinct models of collective practice, highlighting the complex, co-authored process of artistic production. The exhibition includes work by Eva & Adele, Harry Shunk, and János Kender, Elmgreen & Dragset, Kahlil Joseph, Hesham Rahmanian and Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, GCC, Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Bianca Kennedy and Felix Krauss, and Reena Spaulings. Presented within the context of the SCAD Museum of Art and its student and community audiences, I Put a Spell On You amplifies the importance of learning from one another and highlights the innovation of collaboration and the strength that lies in mutual support.

In addition to the new exhibition openings, the museum has extended many of the museum’s spring and summer exhibitions to give members and guests the opportunity to view the compelling works by acclaimed international artists. These include Igshaan Adams’ exhibition Getuie, Charlie Billingham’s A Rake’s Progress, Shoplifter’s Chromo Zone, and Kenturah Davis’ Everything that Cannot Be Known.

SCAD curators and leadership will also continue its robust virtual programming throughout the fall 2020 season for SCAD students, alumni, museum members and the public. This programming will include a series of: #MUSEUMATHOME exhibition videos, exhibiting artist interviews, virtual museum tours, and industry conversations and discussions.

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