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‘Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play’ Opening at the Wellin Museum of Art

The exhibition will be on view at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art from February 18–July 2, 2017.

Julia Jacquette, “Swimming Pool Water (Hand)” (2015), gouache on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, collection of the artist, New York (© 2016 Julia Jacquette. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by John Bentham)

Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play
February 18 – July 2, 2017

Curated by Tracy L. Adler, Johnson-Pote Director, Wellin Museum of Art

Organized by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play is the artist’s first major museum survey. This exhibition debuts two site-specific murals created with the assistance of Hamilton College students, as well as oil paintings, ceramics, and works on paper from the last decade, including the complete set of original drawings from Jacquette’s first graphic memoir Playground of My Mind, co-published by the Wellin Museum of Art and DelMonico Books • Prestel.

Jacquette’s graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, focuses on the “adventure playgrounds” that were constructed in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s set against the backdrop of the financial crisis and social upheaval of the city during that era. Through mining her early recollections, the photographic archives of her family and her childhood neighbors, and the anthropology of Manhattan during those tumultuous decades, Jacquette situates these adventure playgrounds within both a personal and broader historical dialogue.

Julia Jacquette: Unrequited and Acts of Play will be on view at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art (198 College Hill Road, Clinton, New York) from February 18 – July 2, 2017.