This week, October 19 through 26, the Bapst Student Art Gallery will display an exhibition of student work, Binding Friendship & Memory Palaces, in response to the Burns Library Exhibition, Binding Friendship: Ricci, China, and Jesuit Cultural Learnings. This evening, Wednesday, October 19, a public reception will be held in honor of the opening of the exhibition from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Tonight’s exhibition opening launches a multi-media student art show inspired by Jesuitana materials from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections. The show displays a range of artistic styles and scales. One student to keep an eye out for in the exhibition is Joon Sung Park ’12. A senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, Park submitted a collection of ambitious ceramic sculpture that explores the conflicts and cultural exchange between East and West. Working towards a major in Psychology and a minor in Art, Park recently completed time in the Korean army.
The student art exhibition is the result of collaboration between two BC faculty members—Associate Professor of Fine Arts Sheila Gallagher and Assistant Professor of History Father Jeremy Clarke, S.J. Father Clarke curated the Burns exhibit to explore the role of images in the history of East-West cultural relationships and the transfer of ideas.
Gallagher and Clarke came together with a number of goals for Binding Friendships & Memory Palaces. They wanted to engage students in the Burns exhibit’s conversations regarding the East-West relationships and history, as well as give students from different departments, such as History, Fine Arts, and Asian Studies, a chance to create a space for transdisciplinary conversations. They also wanted to support academic thinking outside of the classroom in a community supportive of a cultural and creative discourse.
The Bapst Student Art Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.