Pairing communities knowledge of their needs with artists’ sense of possibility.
November 17-January 12
Wave Pool Gallery is proud to present ‘Invisible Labor,’ an exhibition that investigates and celebrates the work of local art preparatory crews, curated by Maria Seda-Reeder. Opening reception November 17, 6-9pm.
Art made by artists and placed within the hallowed halls of museums and galleries are often bolstered both physically and metaphorically by the work of those whose job requires them to go unseen and unacknowledged. When done well exhibition installation is invisible and seemingly effortless, yet those who do this kind of preparatory work are often artists themselves.
For this show, Wave Pool proposed the chance for local art handlers and preparatory crews from six area arts institutions to put on an exhibition that aims to make visible the labor and practice of building, installing, and creating art exhibitions. Crews from The Carnegie Performing Arts Center, The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum, 21c Museum/Hotel and The Weston Art Gallery are showcasing the efforts of their installation crews and fabricators, whose own artistically driven processes allow the work of more well-known artists to live inside the white cube. By highlighting the invisible labor of those working the back of the house in our area arts organizations, we seek to underscore the efforts of those whose work is often left out of the artistic canon.
With every exhibition at Wave Pool, we aim to look beyond the ephemeral fluctuations of the art market and use our space on behalf of those who are doing the ongoing, daily work of bringing art to the masses. This exhibition showcases the effort and care happening behind the scenes at the biggest and best arts organizations that our region has to offer. These professionals rarely, if ever, get their names on gallery walls or other visible signs of recognition for their work. Yet without their own artistic practices, expertise, and skill sets, the inner-workings of Cincinnati’s visual art scene would cease to exist.
Funding for this exhibition was provided through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council
Accompanying the exhibition is a 2019 ‘Art Preparators of Cincinnati’ wall calendar, this calendar showcases all of your favorite art handlers, wall spacklers, and pedestal builders. Amazing photos by Natalie Jenkins. Purchase your own here
Featured social practice Project:
The Welcome Project (a collaboration between Wave Pool & Heartfelt Tidbits) was chosen as the partner organization for a pilot project developed as part of United Way’s ‘The Shift’ program, entitled ‘Cincinnati’s Table’. With this grant The Welcome Project will hold one meal per month for 13 months. These dinners will be held in neighborhoods where we have immigrant and refugees living, inviting the local neighborhood to be part of the meal, allowing everyone a chance to get to know each other, building friendships, and highlighting the neighborhood.
The Welcome Project is planning each of these meals to revolve around theme or focus (such as peace- making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both a long time Cincinnati native from each of these neighborhoods as well as by an immigrant or refugee in order to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divides within our city. Each dinner will be in a different part of the city and will be a partnership with another community organization in order to best reach and include a diverse group of neighborhood voices at each dinner table.
This series of meals will begin in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of “repair/restore”, featuring the cooking of a Palestian neighbor as well as the work artist Denise Burge. In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project.
This project is supported by United Way.
The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that empowers marginalized and at risk refugees and immigrants in Cincinnati by providing jobs, education, and community. The Welcome Project is a collaboration between Wave Pool and Heartfelt Tidbits.
More information can be found at www.welcomecincinnati.org .