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Triple Candie, Fall 2016 Artists-in-Residence

Triple Candie, the research-oriented, independent curatorial agency run by art historians Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett (Phillips Academy Class of 1984), served as Edward E. Elson Artists-in-Residence for fall 2016. Initially established in 2001 as a non-profit art gallery in Harlem, Triple Candie now produces exhibitions that are presented throughout the world with the goal of posing fundamental questions about the value of art and the nature of artistic experience.

As Artists-in-Residence, Bancroft and Nesbett worked with Phillips Academy students in a variety of courses. Students in art, biology, and physics classes collaborated with the artists over several weeks to create an on-campus installation inspired by the theme of 'uncertainty.' Nesbett and Bancroft said some of the students were initially “bemused” and “incredulous” about making the abstract idea concrete, but eventually they embraced the concept, using water bottles, plastic cups, pottery fragments, and other found objects to create objects that express the idea of uncertainty. It stands to reason, says Nesbett, that the idea would resonate with the students: “Given where they are in their lives, they’re experts in uncertainty.” 

The objects have been displayed in custom-built glass vitrines erected on the Phillips Academy campus, forming an installation entitled The Institute for the Study of Universal Uncertainties.

(Photos by Jessie Wallner)

Nesbett and Bancroft also spent a day in September with students in the Phillips Academy course Art 300 Visual Culture: Discovering the Addison Collection. They discussed the curatorial process with the students, who were in the early stages of developing the exhibition The Deception of Perception: Exploring Distortion and Ambiguity in Photography, which will be on view in the Museum Learning Center through March 5, 2017.

(Photos by Neil Evans)

On January 21, 2017, the Addison will open Throwing Up Bunnies: The Irreverent Interlopings of Triple Candie, 2001–2016, the first US museum survey on Triple Candie. The exhibition, a presentation of both past and new projects, will run through April 2, 2017.