In Vulnerability: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2020
April 24, 2020 - May 17, 2020
As University officials continue to monitor the evolving situation related to COVID-19, and to promote the safety of our visitors and staff, the decision has been made out of an abundance of caution to cancel this exhibition.
In Vulnerability explores the impacts of bodies and environments on one another. This concern is articulated through works by five artists who interrogate the ways humanity shapes and is shaped by forces as disparate as the gaze, infrastructure, and our planet. These tensions aid in the artists’ efforts to address concerns including illness, gentrification, and climate change. This exhibition presents vulnerability — too often perceived as weakness — instead as an essential component of our agency and collective survival. Participating artists are the five UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 2020 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art candidates: Cassidy Kulhanek, Sally Ann McKinsey, Chloé Rager, Natalie Strait, and Emily Hobgood Thomas.
Guest curator Saba Taj is a visual artist based in Durham, North Carolina, and a 2016 graduate from the MFA program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Taj is the 2019-20 Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts, as part of the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She is the former Director of The Carrack Modern Art.
Digital Exhibition Content
Because we were not able to present In Vulnerability in the galleries, we have tried to provide a glimpse at what everyone worked together to create through these online materials. Please join us in celebrating these graduating MFA students!
Ackland curator Lauren Turner writes about how the Ackland came together to provide this digital content, and In Vulnerability guest curator Saba Taj shares her thoughts about the students’ work.
Nothing can replace the experience of visiting an exhibition in person. Since we were not able to install this show, we want to offer a sense of what might have been. Nathan Marzen, our head of exhibition design and installation, shows us a virtual walk-through of the proposed gallery layouts created by using the same modeling software that he employs to imagine every exhibition at the Museum.
In the coming weeks, we will be uploading recorded zoom interviews with some of the MFA graduates to give visitors a chance to hear their voices directly. View the recordings on our YouTube playlist, and sign up for our e-news to be notified when new videos are published.