September 6, 2018 - October 6, 2018
Artist talk: Thursday, September 6 at 4PM, Cheray Science Hall, room 101
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5-7PM, McCarthy Art Gallery at Saint Michael's College (Sloan Art Center)
Participatory Equinox Performance: Saturday, September 22 at 5PM
Overnight Projects is pleased to present Maize Meditation, a performative installation by New York based-artist Amanda Turner Pohan.
For the month of September, artist Amanda Turner Pohan will transform the McCarthy Art Gallery at Saint Michael’s College into a library of archival materials documenting a timeline of corn cultivation, from the agricultural practices of members of the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation of Vermont to the rise of American agricultural biotech corporations. To mark the final year of harvest of the 66 acre cornfield leased from St. Michael's by a local farmer, this project invites participants to attend an event in the gallery on the weekend of the fall equinox. This event will look at the ways in which techniques of agricultural biotechnology are invisibly embedded in the genetically modified corn consumed today, and how the invisible technology inscribes itself on/into individual, social, and political bodies. Participants will be invited to sit and eat a four course meal consisting of corn-based foods. The artist will guide participants through the meal using a meditative dialogue. Each course will be paired with an excerpted reading from the exhibition's newspaper publication read by Chief Shirly Hook of the Koasek Traditional Bank of the Koas Abenaki Nation and Mark Lubkowitz, a maize geneticist and Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College. The participatory event will begin in the gallery foyer at 5pm on Saturday, September 22, and will conclude with a silent group walk to the campus cornfield.
This exhibition is funded by the Marc and Dana vanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts with additional support from the Saint Michael's College Fine Arts Department
Amanda Turner Pohan, b.1985, New Jersey, USA received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Pohan's work, which has exhibited nationally and internationally, examines the ways in which technology and the body intersect. Maize Meditation looks at why and how biotechnology, a tool of biocolonialism, has affected the health and livelihood of Native and non-native bodies on the individual, social, and political levels. In addition to an art practice, Pohan is founder of TWOFORTY, a loft apartment project space and publishing house in Brooklyn, NY, and a co-founder of the nomadic artist-run collective Temporary Agency.