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Touch can be awkward, painful, therapeutic, malicious, nurturing, terrifying, sacred, erotic, anxiety inducing, lascivious, invigorating or exciting. Without touch we would not be able to survive. Though a selection of photography, performance, video, and sculpture by Camille Morgan, the exhibition presents variations on the the act of feeling. The artists featured in the show address the emotional and sensational experience of touch and how it can be documented outside of individual memory to influence the creation of collective perceptions.
Connections between touch and sight create visual assumptions that also influence how societies communicate with one another. To challenge these visual assumptions and existing modes of communication, “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty” reevaluates the role of individual memory and its potential to create collective empathy through imagination. “This exhibition aims to be a reintroduction for visitors to feel – both tactilely and emotionally,” adds Morgan.
Hyde Park Art Center invited Camille Morgan to curate an exhibition for the 2015 season. Morgan is an emerging independent curator and arts administrator at University of Chicago. Her curatorial focus stems from her background in Fashion Business (Bachelor of Science, Kent State University) and studies in the History of Textiles and Dress (Master of Arts, University of Southampton, UK). In her practice, she blends contemporary art with fashion objects and theory, exploring their place society at large, especially within the overlapping spheres of race, ethnicity, and gender. She recently organized the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, which traveled from the Chicago History Museum to the Milwaukee Art Museum.
This exhibition is partially supported by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation.