Exhibit opens June 1st to August 31st
An exhibition by Gwenn Seemel and Mic Boekelmann, two visual artists who use the alphabet to inspire conversations about belonging and identity.
Seemel’s focus is an animal ABC book made up of unusual fauna, polka-dot cubist artwork, and a word search embedded directly into the illustrations. Baby Sees ABCs, both as a collection of paintings and a book, is a celebration of the core truth of the alphabet: it is a group of symbols whose meaning we agree on. Every time we use letters and language, we are agreeing with each other once more. We are saying yes to working together, and yes to all the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together.
Boekelmann’s work addresses aspects of culture lost due to constant assimilation. Like Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs, the artist collects and connects fragments that will ultimately lead her back to a place where she belongs as whole – a place where she feels safe, visible, and like herself. Boekelmann uses woven abacá from the Philippines and Manila envelope cutouts in her journey of unearthing, visually articulating, and displaying her identity, asking: what would a reimagined world, where we all felt safe and powerful, look like?
Since 2003, Gwenn Seemel has made her living as an independent artist, creating figurative paintings that are brightly colored, boldly painted, and joyfully feminist. Her work has been featured on sites like Hyperallergic, Boing Boing, Newsweek, and Bust, and she speaks regularly about questioning copyright, most notably at TEDxGeneva.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Gwenn has lived most of her life in France and in the US. She claims Portland, Oregon as her hometown, and she currently lives on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Mic Diño Boekelmann
Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Diño Boekelmann was uprooted and replanted in Germany, Israel and finally the US, where she received a BA from UC Berkeley. She is inspired by the vibrancy and strength of the Filipino culture; she uses Abacá to celebrate the multi-layered experiences. Her work has been shown at the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, Phillips Mill, Trenton City Museum and Sardenhaus Munich.
Mic is a recipient of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program and creative capital Professional Development Program, and her works are part of the permanent Campus Collection at Princeton University. As an educator, incubator and facilitator, she runs PAD (Princeton Artist Directory), NExSE (Northeast by Southeast Filipino American Artist Collective) and Orange Door, an artist-run space for exhibitions, panel discussions and artist retreats. Mic lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey.
Picturing Women Inventors
Exhibit opens March 3rd, 2021
Throughout American history, women with diverse backgrounds and interests created inventions that changed lives every day. But women haven’t always had equal opportunities to be inventors or received as much recognition. The Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark Office present “Picturing Women Inventors,” a poster exhibition that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and business women join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors.
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.