Work by the Victory Gardens Collective is currently on show in + THE ART OF COLLABORATION at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The show has been reviewed in the New Haven Register by Joe Amarante.
There’s an endless discussion on sports radio about the value of top football quarterbacks vs. the team around them: Tom Brady is supreme; Tom Brady needs the great coach and team around him. The answer, of course, is you need both.
Which brings us to the literary and artistic exhibit “+ The Art of Collaboration” at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University through April 15, curated by the Beinecke’s Melissa Barton, Elizabeth Frengel and Nancy Kuhl.
“I am a person deeply fascinated by creativity,” said Kuhl at a recent exhibit preview, “and I’m totally interested in ... how and why things ... are made the way they are.”
Kuhl produced the jewel-box vitrines (display boxes) on the long sides of the mezzanine that feature 18 instances of American literary and artistic collaboration spanning more than 100 years. These include vaudeville comedian Bert Williams and George Walker; Gertrude Stein and her partner/muse Alice B. Toklas; the Dada-movement parlor game “Exquisite Corpse”; August Wilson and Lloyd Richards; and the Victory Garden Collective, which made for the 2017 Women’s March cheeky sashes meant to evoke beauty queen and suffragette sashes (with sayings such as “Miss Governed” and “Miss Led”).
The vitrines, Kuhl said, “are all ways that I’m thinking about collaboration and how ideas come to take a form on a stage or in a book or in a piece of art.”
+ THE ART OF COLLABORATION is on display at The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Through April 15, 2018