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'Holding Pattern,' at Cohen Gallery, exhibits art of Gali Greenspan with curating by Sharon McConnell’s Exhibition Design Class

The Cohen Gallery will present Holding Pattern, an exhibition of work by multidisciplinary artist Gali Greenspan, from March 12 to April 3, with a public reception for the artist on Thursday, March 19 from 5-8pm during that day’s Alfred Art Walk.


The Cohen Gallery will present Holding Pattern, an exhibition of work by multidisciplinary artist Gali Greenspan, from March 12 to April 3, with a public reception for the artist on Thursday, March 19 from 5-8pm during that day’s Alfred Art Walk.

The exhibition will be assembled in collaboration with the exhibition design class of Sharon McConnell, director of Alfred University’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery.  Greenspan generously opened up the planning of her solo exhibition to McConnell’s class, where students worked closely with the artist and gallery staff, researching the artist’s body of work, spending time in conversation and assisting in all facets of the exhibition process, from design to installation to lighting.

Of Greenspan’s art, one member of McConnell’s class observes: “Contriving imaginary spaces with fragments of real ones, Greenspan layers mediums and in doing so, time and space. Viewing her pieces means existing both in moments of the past and the present. Greenspan explores the real and the virtual, chaos and order, and the space in which each can simultaneously exist. She breaks down ‘human expectation for coherent order,’ much like a dream where all senses are involved, but the rules feel distorted and trust is lost within one's own fabricated reality.”

Another student describes the work this way: “Looking through lenses of materiality, domesticity, and memory, Gali breaks down the spaces depicted in her work, making the familiar unfamiliar.”

Another classmate says: “The house-like arrangement of the Cohen Gallery compliments Greenspan’s artwork while also contradicting viewers’ expectations. Greenspan does a masterful job of combining digital media with household objects.”

Gallery Director Caitlin Brown says of the experience: “Sharon’s students are thoughtful and lend wonderful and at times surprising insight. This group took their part seriously and really got to know Gali’s work. This is good practice for students within a professional gallery setting, and it was a pleasure to offer the space as a forum for this collaboration. Gali’s openness, generosity, flexibility and delight in the class’s ideas encouraged the students to be confident with sharing their perspectives. We in Alfred are no strangers to living with artists of this caliber in our midst. This exhibition serves as both introduction and welcome.”

The Cohen Gallery exhibits the work of Alfred University alumni, faculty, and visiting artists and provides Alfred University students with hands-on experience in arts administration, community development, marketing and public relations, design, and management. Students assist in all facets of the exhibitions, from designing the space to preparing promotional materials and acting as docents during the shows.

The Gallery seeks to create opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni to engage in the professional activities of curating and organizing art exhibitions from the ground up, thus providing valuable experience in the business aspects of art. Cohen Gallery open hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm, Thursday till 7pm and weekend hours 12-4pm. Also on view through April 3 at the Cohen Gallery: Mykola Haleta and Jamin Kuhn.