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John Singer Sargent, Resting (detail), c. 1875

Everyday Nothing

March 23, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Samantha Jones, a sophomore at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), became the Clark's third uCurate guest curator with the opening of her exhibition Everyday Nothing. Jones, who majors in illustration and art education, submitted her exhibition as part of a “Race to the Remix” curatorial challenge the Clark sponsored in January. The 72-hour competition challenged entrants to create an exhibition using the Clark’s interactive uCurate application, available in the galleries or online.

The Race to the Remix competition required participants to create an exhibition of exactly ten works of art from those featured in the Clark Remix exhibition, including Louis Léopold Boilly’s Various Objects, and to incorporate the theme of poetic license in their curatorial statement. Race to the Remix drew more than one hundred registrations and resulted in a wide range of exhibition concepts.

Inspired by Boilly’s trompe l’oeil painting, which depicts such ordinary objects as a penknife and a pair of scissors, Jones selected other works that have commonplace themes or usage. Among the works included in her exhibition are Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting Tama, the Japanese Dog, John Singer Sargent’s painting Neapolitan Children Bathing, and an eighteenth-century gilded silver cream jug in the shape of a cow from the Clark’s silver collection.

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