CAM@25: Social Engagement in the News

Janaina Tschape, still from Blood, Sea, 2004, four-channel video installation. The work was shot at Weeki Wachee Springs.
Janaina Tschape, still from Blood, Sea, 2004, four-channel video installation. The work was shot at Weeki Wachee Springs.

CAM is getting a lot of ink for our current exhibition CAM@25: Social Engagement. This exhibition features some of our most talked about work from our past 25 years. Even the New York Times has mentioned the show in their “Gun Report” segment, which sadly includes the victims of gun violence each day. Here is a list of stories we’ve found covering the show with an outtake from each article:

CAM@25: A Social Function | Creative Loafing | January 15, 2014

“The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum is an arts institution in touch with the sights and sounds of today’s society, presenting works that turn perceived realities on their ear via meticulously appointed shows and prestigious showcases of international artists…Run by the USF Institute of Research in Art, the free (yes, free) museum is open six days a week, Monday-Saturday. It is (or should be) a point of regional pride, an antidote to all the facepalm-inducing crime stories, political snafus and trashy foibles more commonly associated with Tampa Bay.”

University Beat: Gun Music | WUSF Radio | January 22, 2014

“…You’ve heard the phrase “turning swords into plowshares.” Artist Pedro Reyes embraces that concept by taking firearms that had been confiscated and rendered useless by the Mexican army and turning them into musical instruments.”

Concert, Art Exhibition: Guns Turned Into Musical Instruments | WUSF online

“”…Same as a shovel plants a tree, a musical instrument is also something that is alive,” Reyes says. “Every time you use it, you generate a new sound, a new event and people can gather around the music and I believe that just instruments are kind of the diametrically opposite to what a gun is – like, the guns are the rule of fear and music is the rule of trust.””

Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music – Literally | NPR | January 25, 2014

“…Dominic Walker and Teague Bechtel, both guitarists in the university’s graduate jazz program, are playing what look like steel guitars fashioned from 9 mm semiautomatic handguns. “That was pretty surprising the first time that we went and saw them,” Bechtel says. Laughing, Walker adds, “We just make sure the safety’s on.”

USF Contemporary Art Museum celebrates with ‘Social Engagement’ | Tampa Bay Times | January 29, 2014

“…The subtitle of this show, “Social Engagement,” is a vast and inclusive term. The art chosen for the show gives us many entry points for such engagement, from the simple pleasure of watching something vibrant visually to deeper ruminations about the social problems of our time.”

The Gun Report | NYTimes.com | January 29, 2014

“…Reyes said he wants people to think about the availability of guns in the United States, and the impact they have in Mexico. The project began six years ago in Culiacán, which collected 1,527 guns that Reyes melted to create art.”

More about CAM@25: Social Engagement
The USF Contemporary Art Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary with CAM@25: Social Engagement to highlight its history of bringing artists, and the practice of making contemporary art, to the Tampa Bay community. This selection of installations serves to mark CAM’s extensive history of exhibitions, commissions and collaborations with artists whose practices and projects embrace an ethos of responsible social meaning, purpose and motivation in the public sphere. Artists include Los Carpinteros (Cuba/Spain), Pedro Reyes (Mexico), and Janaina Tschäpe (Brazil/Germany).

Press Release pdf | Exhibition brochure pdf

Pedro Reyes, Imagine [2012] installed at USFCAM. photo: Peter Foe
Pedro Reyes, Imagine [2012] installed at USFCAM. photo: Peter Foe

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