Fasanella Comes Alive at UMass Lowell
This fall semester, a team of 14 UMass Lowell honors students are enrolled in a service-learning course called: Create it! The Fasanella Exhibit. By working together, and guided by professional curator Nancy Nesvet and UMass Lowell Cultural Studies faculty member, Jennifer CaderoGillette, the students will create a real Fasanella art exhibit at the Lawrence Heritage Park gallery. The show must go on! It is scheduled to open October 12th, 2013 and it will run through Dec.16th. The course is an advanced practicum that creates and curates an art exhibition. It will focus on the work of social justice artist, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1987). Twelve original Fasanella paintings will be on display along with two portraits of the esteemed artist. The students are creating a 40 page, color glossy catalog of the artist's work, choreographing a ballet, creating music, and filming a documentary about the process of putting on the exhibit. The course incorporates readings, research, and reflection papers about how Fasanella depicted working class life in both Lawrence and Lowell. Students will consider the historical/cultural contexts of art objects as well as offer their scholarly and critical interpretation of american art during the 20th century. The show's opening will be covered by WGHB in Boston as well as other news outlets. Also providing significant help for this course are UMass Lowell librarians: John Callahan and Mitch Shuldman, both of whom work in the fantastic South Campus Media Center! An ambitious project, but a wonderful team of motivated people are inspired to make it happen.