A professional architectural, to-scale replica of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s newly remodeled galleries has been constructed by a University of Alabama at Birmingham professor and students, in advance of a coming show there, “Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art.”
UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway, MFA, has worked with UAB Bachelor of Fine Art students Katelyn Ledford and Bryce Martinez in the construction of the model. It was commissioned by the BMA’s Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Wassan Al-Khudhairi.
“Third Space,” which will open to the public Sunday, Jan. 29, is the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the museum’s own collection and highlights more than 100 works of art including paintings, sculpture, photography and video.
“The exhibition creates connections between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art, and the model was integral in my decision-making process of how to best utilize the gallery space, where to construct walls and specifically where each work of art would be installed,” Al-Khudhairi said.
Holloway, Ledford and Martinez began the construction of the maquette in July 2015 and worked together for more than six months. The team began with blueprints of the space, took on-site measurements, and worked with BMA staff and UAB architect Christopher Faulkner to make sure each detail was considered.
The maquette is constructed from high-quality plywood, sheet metal, wood laminate and model plastic and comes equipped with its own cart for easy transportation and storage and a built-in drawer for storage of its magnetized, modular components. Movable walls and highly detailed miniature pedestals, vitrines and benches were also included.
In her classroom and through projects like the BMA maquette, Holloway positions herself as a guide to her students as they discover their own ideas and artistic voice while also mastering sculptural materials and processes through hands-on experience and problem-solving.
The Birmingham Museum of Art’s Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, center, meets with UAB Department of Art and Art History Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway, center left, and students Bryce Martinez and Katelyn Ledford to discuss the in-progress commissioned scale maquette of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Jemison galleries, Aug. 12, 2015, in the UAB DAAH Sculpture Studio.“This was a great project because we learned so much about architectural scale models,” Holloway said. “As artists, we are always making quick maquettes out of raw materials to help us with our ideas for larger sculptural works, but this had to be of a very durable, professional quality so that it will last for many years. Al-Khudhairi and her fellow curators had very specific functional requirements for the model, and it was a positive, challenging learning experience for us to research and engineer the components so they could meet their specific, long-term needs.”
In addition to using the maquette to plan the “Third Space” exhibition, Al-Khudhairi is able to move the model around the building and use it as a tool to talk to colleagues and patrons about what she is hoping the exhibition will achieve.”
“I can only imagine how difficult it would have been to organize this exhibition without having this model; it’s an essential tool for a curator,” Al-Khudhairi said.
The model was shared with BMA patrons during a special “hardhat” exhibition preview of the “Third Space” show and will be used by other museum curators in the planning of future BMA exhibitions.
“Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art” is a two-year exhibition that brings together the work of more than 90 international artists to explore connections of a shared cultural experience between the American South and the Global South. Beyond geographical boundaries, the American and Global South similarly represent marginalized people and places that share common post-colonial heritage, similar patterns of migration and cultural connections. The exhibition examines the Global South from the perspective of the American South by working through a series of ideas that include migration, diaspora and exile; gaze, agency and representation; the spirit, nature and the landscape; and traditions, histories and memory.
A BMA members opening party is planned for Jan. 27; admission is free for members and $25 for the general public. For more information, visit the Birmingham Museum of Art website, artsbma.org.
Commissioned by the BMA, the to-scale replica of its newly remodeled galleries is a tool to help curators plan exhibitions and more. It was used for the upcoming Jan. 29 exhibition “Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art.”
Clarinetists of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the symposium; registration includes a ticket to see guest artist and Grammy winner Richard Stoltzman perform with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.Clarinetists of all ages and abilities can perform and interact with some of the greatest performers and teachers in the country at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 15th annual Clarinet Symposium, Feb. 4-5.
Leading the roster of guest artists and clinicians is Richard Stoltzman, a sought-after concert artist, world-renowned soloist and recording artist, and two-time Grammy Award winner.
The symposium is presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music, with support from Backun Musical Services and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Stoltzman’s scheduled performances for its “American Festival” series Feb. 3-4.
Along with Stoltzman, guest artists also include Daniel Gilbert of the University of Michigan and Morrie Backun of Backun Musical Services.
Professional clarinetists from the region will join the symposium for a weekend filled with recitals, master classes, clinics, clarinet choirs and opportunities to try instruments and equipment with vendors Backun, D’Addario Woodwinds, Art’s Music, and Lohff and Pfeiffer. Participating professional clarinetists include Kip Franklin, University of South Alabama; Robert Janssen, Alabama School of Fine Arts; Lori Ardovino, University of Montevallo; Jackie McIlwain, University of Southern Mississippi; London-Silas Shavers, Northwest Mississippi Community College; the Alabama Clarinets Ensemble; and the Hijinx Quartet of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Denise Gainey, DMAThe cost is $40. Registration prior to Feb. 3 will include a ticket to attend Stoltzman’s 8 p.m. performance with the ASO on Saturday, Feb. 4, and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants may register online.
All symposium participants will perform in the final clarinet choir’s recital at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Clarinet Denise Gainey, DMA, at 205-975-0558 or email@example.com.
Stoltzman’s unique way with the clarinet has earned him an international reputation. He gave the first clarinet recitals at both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and became the first wind player to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. He has performed or recorded with jazz and pop greats Gary Burton, the Canadian Brass, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Steve Gadd, Eddie Gomez, Keith Jarrett, the King’s Singers, Mike Manieri, George Shearing, Wayne Shorter, Mel Tormé, Spyro Gyra founder Jeremy Wall and Kazumi Watanabe. His commitment to new music has resulted in premieres including acclaimed clarinet works written for him by Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu, Stephen Hartke, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Yehudi Wyner.
Lamario Williams, a senior majoring in biomedical sciences and physics, shares an undergraduate journey that has taken him from Mount Sinai Hospital to Nepal, and offers advice on making the most of research opportunities at UAB.Lamario Williams likes solving problems. In his four years at UAB, the St. Louis-born, Huntsville-raised senior has tackled quite a few. He has done research on laser development in the Department of Physics, tutored Blazer athletes in math and science courses, worked on genetic analysis of cardiac cells at Mount Sinai in New York City, analyzed metabolic changes accompanying diabetes and heart failure in UAB’s Department of Pathology Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, and learned how doctors can bring healing without expensive diagnostic tools at community hospitals in Nepal and rural Mexico.
Williams is a member of the UAB Honors College Science and Technology Honors Program, double-majoring in biomedical sciences in the School of Health Professions and biophysics in the College of Arts and Sciences, with minors in math and chemistry. He is second author on a publication in the journal Optical Materials Express, and presented his research at the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress in San Francisco and Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego. Williams was also one of 12 students nationwide selected for a 2016 Scholarship of Excellence award from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.
How did you get involved in research?Being a part of the SciTech Honors Program was instrumental. It’s such a diverse group of people, and [SciTech director] Dr. Diane Tucker promotes an interdisciplinary view of science, giving us exposure to researchers from biology and chemistry to business and the arts. SciTech has taught me about the innovative process that I just cannot get enough of.
Then in the physics department, I learned the critical thinking skills I need to do research. I never had physics in high school, but the faculty don’t pull any punches. I have so much praise for them pushing me to truly learn and understand the material.
Why did you choose to major in biomedical sciences as well?The program prepares you for a career in any of the health professions: you have pre-med, pre-physician assistant, pre-dentistry students and more. The faculty challenge us to think like a physician – understanding the anatomy and physiology and how they apply to real-world problems.
You’ve also shadowed physicians in low-resource areas on medical mission trips to Mexico and Nepal. What did those trips teach you?In countries with less money dedicated to healthcare, physicians become proficient in diagnosing and treating patients for the lowest cost possible. The research is often guided not by which therapies will sell the best, but by which will have the largest impact on treating disease.
What are your career plans?I plan to attend a medical scientist training program to earn both an M.D. and a Ph.D. In my research now, I’m looking at diabetic cardiomyopathy in the lab of Dr. Adam Wende. I’ve learned plenty from him about asking relevant questions that I can create a clear way to answer. Being at UAB, surrounded by so much groundbreaking research, has made me not just want to practice medicine but to advance it. I aspire to look at the intersections between heart disease, nutrition and biophysics.
I’ve always been interested in medicine. My family has been affected greatly by heart disease, which piqued my interest in interventional cardiology. I’ve seen them conquer the disease, and I strive to be a part of the jubilation that comes with health.
What advice do you have for undergraduates who are interested in research?The key to doing good research is finding a topic you are passionate about. The great thing about UAB is that you can easily find a lab that does something you are interested in. Research is difficult, but don’t let one unfavorable experience taint your view of research as a whole. There are several different types of questions that you can answer in different ways.