Melissa E. Feldman, curator for the Arcadia University Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Free Play, will present “Playing in the Expanded Field: Art, Activism, and Games” on Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m. The event will be held in the Commons Great Room.
Offering insight into the interactive works featured in the exhibition, Feldman’s lecture will also explore the legacy of play within Surrealism, Fluxus, the Situationist International, and New Games Foundation. A reception in the Gallery will follow Feldman’s talk at 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Melissa E. Feldman is a Seattle-based independent curator and writer who has contributed to Art in America, Frieze, Third Text, and Aperture, among other publications. Her recent exhibitions include Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre (organized by the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland and which travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver); Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, Walnut Creek, California; and Sampler: Textiles at Creative Growth at Creative Growth Center, Oakland.
Feldman has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, and is credited with organizing the first one-person American museum exhibitions for Kilimnik, Martin Kippinberger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto in the early nineties as a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.