A few of us took a field trip this summer to the Queens Museum of Art to see the exhibit, “The Eye in Matter” featuring Robert Seydel’s work. The exhibit was written up in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Hyperallergic. The exhibit will still be up until September 27, so if there’s any way you can sneak off to NY for a field trip in the next couple of weeks, we highly recommend it. For those of you who need the background on Hampshire College professor Robert Seydel and the Robert Seydel Reading Room on the 2nd floor of our library, check out this previous blog post.
From the curators’ statement:
“The art of Robert Seydel (1960–2011) is a rare hybrid species of the visual and literary that dissolves boundaries between the lyrical and the narrative and the acts of reading and looking. In a body of work marked by an unrelenting sense of play, Seydel collapses the historical past with the notated, emotional present and mingles actual personages with fictional characters. Much of his work is made under the auspices of various personas in place of the singular first person perspective.”
And p.s. if you get to the Queens Museum, you simply must see the Panorama of the City of New York. This accurate model of New York was conceived for the World’s Fair in 1964 and was built by a team of more than 100 people. It takes up an entire large room in the Museum, and if you stay long enough, you will see the lights get dim as it turns to nighttime, and you can watch the model airplane take off and land at La Guardia Airport. It is truly something to see!