Columbus College of Art & Design

Season Two: Follow the Mud

Oct 10, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Opening sound performance: C. Spencer Yeh

Organized as a series of “instances”, each instance in Season Two: Follow the Mud is accompanied by an installation or activated by performances, screenings, and dialogs both at Beeler Gallery and beyond. The gallery remains open to the public between the instances. Artworks from various solo artist projects circulate, intersect and accumulate as the gallery footprint expands throughout the five-month long season.

Michel Auder + Michael Stickrod
Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
Heide Hinrichs

Julia Trotta
C. Spencer Yeh

Paris-based artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann‘s project WATER. Structured as an active score, the project is informed by the artist’s interest in how multiple voices materialized. Referring to water’s states from liquid to solid, from filtration to contamination traversing the project’s various nodes: the disappearance of the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan; the craft and design history of architect Charlotte Perriand during World War II; a performative tour of Glenbrow / Gunning House, a 1940 Usonian-style house in Blacklick, OH, built by sculptor Tony Smith, Theodore van Fossen (known for Rush Creek Village, Worthington, OH), and Laurence Cuneo; a collaboration and dialog with curator and writer Julia Trotta, to premiere an installation of video vignettes of Forget to be afraid: A Portrait of Linda Nochlin, a film on her late grandmother, the pioneering art historian, known for her 1971 article “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”.

The collaborative project of Ohio-based artist Michael Stickrod and New York-based French artist Michel Auder include sculptural installations by Stickrod that set the scene in the gallery for the viewers of Auder’s video works, including May ’68 in ’78, a newlyedited and newly subtitled video of never-before-seen interviews on the reverberation of the student movement in France in 1968, shot 10 years after. Also on view is Michel Auder’s Cleopatra (1970), which based its characters’ improvisation on Joseph Mankiewicz’s 1963 version of the film that starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Auder’s cast included many in the milieu of Andy Warhol’s factory, including Auder’s former wife Viva as the queen, Louis Waldon, Taylor Mead, Nico, Ondine, Ultra Violet, Andrea Feldman, Gerard Melanga, and Christopher Walken.

Brussels-bassed German artist Heide Hinrichs presents a series of drawings as part of second shelf, her multi-institutional collaborative book acquisition project that began in 2018 at Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, and partnering with Beeler Gallery / Packard Library at Columbus College of Art & Design, and University of Bristol, UK. As part of the process of publishing a book on the project, Beeler Gallery / Packard Library and these partner institutions will participate in the Classroom Series at New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 on September 20, 2019.

The graphic identity for Season Two is by Vier5, the graphic design duo known for their irreverent take on design for institutional communication and their work for the quinquennial contemporary art exhibition documenta 14, which took place in Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece in 2017. Their collaboration with Beeler Gallery is their first American project.

Season Two: Follow the Mud is curated by Jo-ey Tang, and co-organized with Ian Ruffino and Marla Roddy.

Beeler Gallery is supported by Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, The Skestos Endowment Fund for Visiting Artists & Lectures, and Brioso Coffee. Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: WATER is supported by the Cultural Services of French Embassy in the United States and is realized in co-production with Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, France. Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s Instance #3: The Gunning House is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and with media sponsor Art in America.

Full schedule and details on all the Instances coming soon.