Alumnus Diana Shpungin (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) has curated a new show called “Delicatessen” at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery, in Boca Raton, through Sunday, January 27, 2008. The exhibition features 22 internationally recognized and emerging artists working in diverse media, and four of those artists are SVA alumni: Thordis Adalsteinsdottir (MFA 2003 Fine Arts), Elaine Chow (MFA 2002 Fine Arts), Boyce Cummings (BFA 1999 Fine Arts; MFA 2002 Fine Arts) and Jon Rosenbaum (MFA 2003 Fine Arts). The exhibition reconsiders the word delicatessen by bringing it back to its Latin root, Delicatus, meaning “giving pleasure or delight.” The varied works in the show play with this poetic interpretation of the title, in contrast to the more familiar meaning related to food or commerce. Adalsteinsdottir’s contribution is an original installation, which she has created directly on the wall of the Schmidt Center Gallery.
Another new installation comes from alumnus Aïda Ruilova (MFA 1999 Photography and Related Media), whose piece Lulu is on view at Salon 94, 1 Freeman Alley on the Lower East Side. Lulu is a single-channel video projection that adapts the stories from two plays by Frank Wedekind, Pandora’s Box (1902) and Earth Spirit (1894). Ruilova recasts the plays’ archetypal femme fatale character by using three male actors who constantly change roles and play with gestures of seduction and destruction. Lulu is on view through Saturday, December 8
Image: Elaine Chow, Handkerchief 4 (detail), 2006; from “Delicatessen.”