MCLA Gallery 51 to Present 'Exchange' Exhibit by Museum Studies Students


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present "EXCHANGE," an exhibition organized by the College's advanced museum studies students on Thursday, March 27, and which will feature artwork that may have been completed with the help of technology or that reflects a broad span of feelings connected to its use as an art or social tool.

This exhibit will kick off with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

EXCHANGE aims to expose positive and/or negative feelings that arise from the use of digital technology. The class developed this theme after brainstorming the meaning of the word "exchange" as it is relevant and prevalent in today's social media / technology-laden society. 

EXCHANGE features seven artists from many different walks of life who reside in China, Canada, Arizona and across the Berkshires. These artists include Thomas Huston, Emmanuel Laflamme, Melanie Mowinski, Cynthia Naggar, Marianne Petit, Will Wilson and Alexandria Woolner. 

Wilson, a Dine` photographer, explores the struggle between preserving traditional native cultures, while confronted with a technological society. Laflamme's work takes prominent art from history and layers on them technological icons of the 21st century. 

Mowinski and Petit collaborated on a project created over e-mail, through Skype conversations and the exchange of materials and ideas. They created artist books specifically for the exhibition exploring concepts of loneliness, excitement, anxiety, nostalgia, self-deprecation, validation, objectification, anticipation, judgment, anger, curiosity and boredom. 

Huston uses modern social media forms, including Snapchat, to create portraits. Naggar will show a video documenting an installation she created on the imaginary realities that result from older forms of technology - typewriters, and Woolner creates multi-media works that reflect feelings we have when interacting with technology.

EXCHANGE will be on exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51 through Sunday, April 20. The gallery is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, 413-664-8718, or go to gallery51.