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1939: The Missing Year

Running from September 16, 2005 to October 30, 2005 in the Main Gallery

Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) Selection

Co-curated by Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld and Barbara Cone.  Artists include: Laurinda Bedingfield, Bettyjo Bolivar, Barbara Cone, Claudia Constanzo, Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld, Gisela Griffith, Elizabeth Passela, Dan Robertson, Anna Schuleit, and Amy Thibault.

This project began when co-curator Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld found ten discarded volumes of Britannica Encyclopedia Yearbooks spanning the years 1938-1948, with the exception of the 1939 volume, missing from the group.  Collectively, the Yearbooks document some of the most eventful and harrowing years of the 20th century.  Ten project artists have created a narrative of personal responses to the Yearbooks (one artist/yearbook), concerning themselves with the volumes as physical objects and also as repositories of information: their form (paper, ink, thread) and their content (words, ideas, illustrations, knowledge, history.)  An interactive installation was set up so that gallery visitors could record through text and/or image their memories, experiences, and/or knowledge of 1939, the missing year.  The artists involved include painters, sculptors, printmakers, installation and video artists, and represent a wide range of ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.  Please visit for more info. 

Barbara Cone

Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld

Laurinda Bedingfield

Amy Thibaud

Bettyjo Bolivar

Ciscla Griffith

Elizabeth Passela

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