Three Great Additions to "Talking About Art"

Three Great Additions to "Talking About Art"

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

During the spring semester, D.I.G. Fellows Ali Singer and Nicole Riesenberger devised and produced three wonderful specimen videos for the Collaboratory's "Talking About Art" series that stretch the series in new and inviting ways. The first conceived, and the most recently produced (complex editing takes time!), is 'The Art of Making Testudo," a "Man on the Street" format that explores the ritual significance and artistic potential of Testudo, the icon of University of Maryland beloved by the students, who provide the video's principal voices.

In the two remaining videos, Ali and Nicole focus the camera's lens on an individual art object and one person discussing it in the space of the University of Maryland Art Gallery's Herman Maril Teaching Gallery. While taking inspiration from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's highly-regarded series, "82nd and Fifth," in which a museum curator talks about a favorite work of art, these videos offer a twist: the individual in each case is confronted with a work of art not of their area of speciality. Members of the faculty, Drs. Alicia Volk and Beryl Bland, expert in, respectively, modern Japanese art and art and artifacts of the Pre-Columbian era, discuss "Manet's Olympia" and Antelope Crest in two engaging instances of "Talking about Art."

Look for more inspiring additions to "Talking about Art" in the coming year!