Chaffey College’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art has a semester of creative installations in the works. The first of two concurrent events is entitled Home ECOnomics. This is an exhibition that promises to “bring together artists who embrace the origins of what Home Ec was - a progressive interdisciplinary study with an emphasis on science as it applied to the individual, family and community,” as described by the exhibition’s press release.
Unbeknownst to me, the origins of home economics have much less to do with simply baking and much more to do with ecology, anthropology and sociology. It all makes sense really; the roots of the focus all relate to home stewardship, tending to the home; being an engineer, a seamstress, a biologist; and simply being a student of many studies and trades. The execution of this topic promises to be a lively one, with great regards to the curator of the event.
The exhibition is curated by accomplished artist—and Redlands resident—Danielle Giudici Wallis. Her concept of the home and the things we fill it with, are often depicted in an unconventional way.
The closing exhibition, Words + Art, will be a collaborative affair. Creating the challenge of using the museum space as an extension of the classroom, the Wignall will become an explorative homestead and a classroom in its own right. Events by the campus literary and art journal, The Chaffey Review, and campus organization, One Book One College, are in the works. Events include workshops, panel discussions, movie viewings and more.
For more information, head to www.chaffey.edu/wignall/exhibitions.shtml