Artists consider the future in the exhibition The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets, February 2-16, 2017

Regional artists contemplate the future in the multi-media exhibition The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets. The show will be on view February 2-16 at the James W. Palmer Gallery in Main Building. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, 5:00-7:00pm in the gallery. All events are free and open to the public.

Curated by Monica d. Church and Judith Nichols, the exhibition is a response to the 2016 election. “We were collaborating on a different exhibit when the U.S. election results became clear,” Church and Nichols explain. “Our creative community seemed to be reeling from the news. We decided to defer our original project and provide an opportunity for a larger group of artists and poets to share their current politically-based work.”

The exhibition will include poems, painting, prints, posters, documentary photography, political cartoons, and works on paper. The curators look forward to what the show will inspire among viewers. “We hope the exhibit creates a space ripe for discussions, connections, and perhaps, especially, visions of how we might move forward,” Church and Nichols say.

Visual artists and poets featured include John Balaban, Gerardo Castro, Michaela Coplen, Monica d. Church, Liza Donnelly, Guerrilla Grannies, Tatana Kellner, Virginia Lavado, Michael Maslin, Molly McGlennen, Judith Nichols, Peter Steiner, and Sam Vernon. Steiner, Donnelly and Maslin regularly publish work in The New Yorker; Kellner is a founding member of Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale; Coplen, a Vassar College junior, was a 2103 National Student Poet who was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama, to address a new class of National Student Poets at their appointment ceremony at the White House; and poet John Balaban has twice been nominated for the National Book Award.

The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets is part of Modfest, Vassar’s annual celebration of 20th and 21st century arts, which runs January 26-February 5. Read more about Modfest here.


The James W. Palmer III Gallery serves as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, displaying art of diverse media, themes, and origins. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the Vassar class of 1990. It is situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria at the heart of the College Center addition to Vassar’s Main Building.

The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 13, 2017

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