On September 16th, 2018, The Porter-Phelps Huntington Museum will host an artist reception from 2-4 pm for Field Notes 8, a new installation of suspended collage and wooden bas reliefs created by architects Sigrid Miller Pollin and Stephen Schreiber, and landscape architects Jane Thurber. Guests will be able to meet the artists and view the installation which reflects rhythms found in the landscape and structures of Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. The exhibit will be on display through October 15, 2018 in the museum’s historic Corn Barn.
Amherst-based artists Miller Pollin, Thurber, and Schreiber found inspiration in the details of the historic structures and farmland at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Schreiber’s bas reliefs interpret the subtle, repetitive weaving of the surrounding fields and riverbanks, while Thurber and Miller Pollin’s suspended collage of shapes and colors creates a whimsical dialogue with the tectonics and the seasoned materials of the Corn Barn. Layers of painted paper strips suspended from the wooden trusses take inspiration from architectural details and patterns found in the Corn Barn. Together, the artists have composed a modern reinterpretation of the historic elements that define the museum and its grounds. Schreiber and Miller Pollin are professors of architecture, and Thurber is a lecturer in landscape architecture, all at Umass. Students Victoria Capaldo and Callie Kerkorian, assisted in the exhibition production.