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Occupy the Museum

September 9 – November 23, 2013
OBOC Occupation November 12-23
Reception for the artists and organizations
Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm

Occupy the Museum re-imagines the museum as a collaborative teaching and learning lab, and an investigational space that allows for the exploration of new ideas. During Occupy the Museum, four groups and organizations that naturally overlap with the museum’s mission to foster critical thinking and to encourage innovation and investigation through art have been invited to physically inhabit the space for a select amount of time. Each group is then responsible for organizing a series of events in the gallery. Events should illustrate the creative work they’re doing on campus and in their organization, and allow viewers to participate in some cases. Programming will include lectures, hands-on workshops, film screenings & conversations, readings, and other kinds of experimental programming that investigate the intersections of art, activism, and inquiry within their own respective missions.
The invitees include (u)ntitled: The Wignall Art Organization,
The Chaffey Review, Chaffey College Feminists (CC Fem), and
One Book/One College.

Occupy the Museum opens with a micro-exhibition in the entry gallery featuring one art work per occupying group. The four works serve as a jumping off point to contextualize the programming in the gallery and to allow slow looking and exploration of art objects. Slow Looking is the act of spending considerable time looking at one work of art; new discoveries can be made by the viewer regardless of expertise. The art works will also allow further inquiry through the Wignall Museum’s initiative, Ask Art: Using the Museum to Make Curricular Connections. An educational guide will be developed to assist with slow looking and to encourage broad based interdisciplinary consideration. The Wignall Museum then becomes a site of art-viewing, happenings, static installations and prompts for viewers to consider. Viewers may be present for a particular event, to view the exhibition, or out of sheer happenstance or curiosity. Every event, every visit will be experiential for the viewer and upend their expectations of how a museum functions and what their role as a viewer is.

Occupy the Museum Booklet

One Book One College Booklet

One Book One College Occupy Calendar

Ask Art Toolkit


Rev. 8/23/13