Heart of a Museum
A new experiential installation by artist Saya Woolfalk
Saya Woolfalk’s (American, b. 1979) commission for the Currier Museum of Art investigates the history of the institution and revisits its iconography and original design.
The mosaics adorning the former main entrance of the Currier (designed by Salvatore Lascari in 1929–1930) constitute the starting point for this new installation by Woolfalk, which reimagines the Western art canon’s singular cultural perspective.
The artwork conceived by the artist for the Currier combines video projections, sculptural forms made of glass, wallpaper, and sound – creating an immersive environment where the viewer is invited to voyage, rest, and meditate as if in a sensorial temple.
About the Artist
Born in Japan and based in New York City, Woolfalk’s multimedia work investigates race relations, sexuality, and multiculturalism through the lenses of hybridity.
The commission at the Currier is jointly curated by the museum’s curatorial department and is generously supported by Pamela A. Harvey.
On view through Sunday, February 4, 2024.
artist in residence
Our Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program invites artists to live and work at the museum. While in residence, artists consider the collection and community, and refresh our perspectives on the role of the museum. The program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting our audiences with art and creative thinking, whether of the past or the future. We hope to learn from our visiting artists – and be surprised by their perspectives.
Artists working in all media participate in the AIR program, which has three main components: 1) an open call to support emerging artists making socially engaged art; 2) an invitational through which artists are selected to develop special projects, commissions, or exhibitions; and 3) artist-led, community-centered public art projects in the city of Nashua, NH.
Open Call for Artist in Residence Applications
Our annual open call is currently live from October 1 – December 1, 2022. Artists who share the museum’s goal of positively impacting communities through the transformative power of art are encouraged to apply to this residency.