first attempt

recipient:

Creative Home Arts Club/New Member Processing Center/P.O. Box 3449/Hopkins, MN 55343-4711

sent:

description of I.D. Tags exhibition at Smith College Museum of Art

”ID Tags is an ongoing series of supplemental labels for select works on view at the Smith College Museum of Art. The project aims to consider the artworks in terms of aspects of culture that forms one’s identity, such as race, gender, sexuality, and economic status. The project brought a group of Smith faculty members, museum staff, and students together to select, discuss, and write about artworks in the collection taking race as a thematic focal point. In counterpoint to the anonymous authority of the traditional museum label, ID Tags are transparently rooted in the personal knowledge and experience of the writers who are identified in the labels as well. it is our hope that such reflections will give voice to members of the museum’s community and will enhance viewers’ experience through their consideration of how art can relate to our current understanding of our cultures and ourselves.”

Tattered and Torn - Alfred Kappes

Tattered and Torn, 1886, Alfred Kappes

works of art include:

  • Pretty Penny, 1939, Edward Hopper, Tagwriter: Nicole Roylance, Smith College Museum of Art.
  • Freedom: A Fable by Kara Elizabeth Walker, 1997, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Tagwriter: Elizabeth Willis Smith ‘08.
  • Andrew Faneuil Phillips (1729-1775), 1755, Joseph Blackburn, Tagwriter: Sophia LaCava-Bohanan Smith ‘08.
  • Mrs. John Erving (Abigail Phillips, 1702-1759), c. 1733, John Smibert, Tagwriter: Sophia LaCava-Bohanan Smith ‘08.
  • The Honourable John Erving (1693-1786), c. 1772, John Singleton Copley, Tagwriter: Sophia LaCava-Bohanan Smith ‘08.
  • Dr. William Samuel Johnson, 1761, Thomas McIlworth, Tagwriter: Sophia LaCava-Bohanan Smith ‘08.
  • Tattered and Torn, 1886, Alfred Kappes, Tagwriter: Daphne LaMothe, Smith Afro-American Studies.
  • Tattered and Torn, 1886, Alfred Kappes, Tagwriter: Floyd Cheung, Smith English and American Studies.
  • The May Queen, 1875, Daniel Chester French, Tagwriter: Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe Smith ‘08.
  • Recolte des Oranges a Capri, 1868, Edouard Alexandre Sain, Tagwriter: Daphne LaMothe, Smith Afro-American Studies.
  • Bust of a Chinese Man (Le Chinois), 1872-1874, Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, Tagwriter: Ann Musser, Smith College Museum of Art.

reasoning:

People in Minnesota should know about what’s going on in the Smith College Museum of Art, plus bringing accountability and the recognition of bias to a seemingly neutral piece of writing is a reminder that however factual, there’s always a partiality to written work. A hard lesson that I learned the winter of my first year in college, when social critic and activist Keith Snow illustrated the ties The New York Times had with other sketchier conglomerates like Exxon, and Victoria’s Secret.

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