In 2016, Syracuse University hired Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, to create a new visual identity for the 21st century. When it was discovered that there was a unique connection between the University and Frederic W. Goudy, one of America’s foremost type designers, and that the Special Collections Research Center was in possession of original Goudy type matrices, the decision was made to incorporate these original artifacts into the project. Just Our Type highlights the new Sherman Book typeface, developed from Goudy’s original design by Chester Jenkins of Village Type Foundry, the cornerstone of the University’s new brand identity. Through documentary video, didactic timelines and displays, and examples of original Goudy artifacts from the University’s Special Collections, this exhibition explores the elements typography through the lens of Syracuse’s own signature typeface.
“By-productions” by GYni presents series of processes and their left overs: “Press” by Barbara Walter, “Pinch” by Stephanie James, “Push and Pull” by Jude Lewis, and “Drag” by Joanna Spitzner. The public is invited to participate in scheduled G-Shifts on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m. A closing reception will be held on Thurs., Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m. Visit gyni.group/ for more information.
All four artists in GYni are faculty and friends in VPA’s School of Art. James is the director of the School of Art and Doris E. Klein Endowed Professor of Art; Lewis is an associate professor of sculpture; Spitzner is an associate professor of art; and Walter is a professor of jewelry and metalsmithing.
Six international contemporary artists have been invited to bring a new exhibition to Point of Contact Gallery and Syracuse University. Curated by Joanne Bushnell (director of Aspex Gallery, U.K.); Stephanie James (director of the School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts); and Mark Segal (the artists agency, U.K.), each artist contributes work to this international project, which aims to develop networks and forums for collaboration for contemporary arts practitioners, audiences in New York State and the south of England through the international art hub of the Venice Biennale. The artists include Yvonne Buchanan of VPA's School of Art, Mia Delve (U.K.), Tom Hall of VPA's School of Art, Mika Mollenkopf (U.S.), Harold Offeh (U.K.) and Susan Stockwell (U.K.).
"Boîte-en-Valise" encourages transportability of practice, the nurturing of collaboration and cross-fertilization of artistic practice. For "Boîte-en-Valise: Generate," artists worked with individuals and communities in Portsmouth and Syracuse to develop the work.
Each artist is transporting the means to generate their work for Point of Contact Gallery, begun by working with people and places over several days in Syracuse, in a normal-sized suitcase. To be transported as luggage on a normal flight, train or bus journey and taken from the suitcase for presentation without any fixing to walls, floors and/or ceilings of the venues. These six artists bring together works including sculpture, performance, video, photography and sound as well as interventions and conversations.
"Boîte-en-Valise: Generate" launched at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, U.K., before relocating to the preview week of the Venice Biennale in May 2017 and concludes at the Point of Contact Gallery.