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.