Ghosts of a Chance
September 18, 2008
Georgina Bath is the Interpretive Programs Manager for the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, our visible storage facility. Earlier this month the Luce Foundation Center launched Ghosts of a Chance, a creative initiative that calls for audience participation on a grand scale. We asked her to fill us in on the latest.
It all started when these two extremely enthusiastic young students approached me a few weeks ago about working for the Museum. Daisy Fortunis and Daniel Libbe had dreamed up this idea for an exhibition titled “Ghosts of a Chance” and they thought the Luce Foundation Center would be the ideal place to host it. As if that wasn’t enough, they wanted to invite the general public to create the artifacts to be included in the show! Well, this was certainly a first for us, but I definitely thought it had potential. Armed with some strict guidelines from me about how to manage the artifacts that people would be mailing in, Daniel and Daisy forged ahead to put together the details. The project launched on September 8, and we’ve already received a few wonderful submissions! Here, Daisy and Daniel talk about one of their favorites so far . . .
"We have been honored this week to receive some wonderful creations from Ghosts of a Chance participants. Opening each box or envelope as it arrived has been a delight, as we unfold the tissue paper to see the treasure that lies within. Honestly, we have been blown away with the creativity and talent revealed by these artifacts! Our favorite so far is A Touch of Gold by Alyson Olander. Olander responded to the challenge of The Necklace of the Subaltern Betrayer by illustrating a necklace "lying haphazardly atop" a pile of clothing. The decadent colors and rich embroidery truly evoke an elegant choker cast aside by its wearer. We have to wonder . . . who was she? Also, this particular necklace inspired Daniel to have another telling dream, which you will find on his MySpace page. Again, thank you. Daisy Fortunis and Daniel Libbe"
If you want to participate, see ghostsofachance.com for details! Artifacts will be on view in the Museum on October 25, and selected ones will be entered into our online collection.
I am so flattered and totally floored. Thank you for this tremendous opportunity. I am so glad that my piece was well received!
Posted by: Alyson Olander | Sep 18, 2008
I am so trilled that my piece was well received. Can't wait to see what the next assignment is!
Posted by: Alyson M. Olander | Sep 19, 2008
Is that your piece in the photograph, Alyson? It is very beautiful. Congratulations on getting your artwork in the Smithsonian American Art Museum! You must be very excited.
Posted by: Michelle | Sep 19, 2008
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