the other option is to slow down: Amanda Williams
the other option is to slow down: Amanda WilliamsCo-published by SCMA and Candor Arts
March 2021, Chicago
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLICATION:
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About the book:
In June and July 2019, Amanda Williams spent foundational time at Smith College as the inaugural artist in the Smith College Museum of Art’s (SCMA) Artist-in-Residence Program. This publication provides a cross section of Williams’s experiences on campus through her photographs, collages, monoprints, and sketchbooks. For Williams, the residency offered a kind of parenthesis—the time and space to slow down—in the midst of an ever busier career. It also laid the groundwork for Williams’s 2020-22 commission for SCMA, entitled An Imposing Number of Times.
First Edition of 200.
7.75” x 9.75" x 0.5", 120 pages.
Heidelberg Versafire Digital Offset printing on Mohawk Old Rose, Matcha, Indian Yellow, Golden Olive, Steel, Neenah Antique Gray, and Verso Sterling Matte papers. Inkjet printed endsheets on Mohawk Superfine White Eggshell paper. Handwrapped SuedeTex covers. French-link handbound and handcased bookblocks. Neenah Duplex Solar Yellow custom die book box with inkjet print and double foil stamp on the spine and cover.
Unique, acrylic monoprint on SuedeTex cover material by Amanda Williams.
Book design and production by Matt Austin and Melanie Teresa Bohrer of Candor Arts.
Edited by Emma Chubb and Amanda Williams
Essays by Emma Chubb and Grace Deveney
Foreword by Jessica Nicoll, Director and Louise Ines Doyle '34 Chief Curator, Smith College Museum of Art
About Amanda Williams:
Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect at Cornell University. Williams’ creative practice employs color as a way to draw attention to the complexities of race, place and value in cities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshapen most inner cities. Williams’ installations, paintings and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space and autonomy in America. Amanda has exhibited widely, including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, a solo exhibition at the MCA Chicago, and a public project with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Williams (along with Olalekan B. Jeyifous) has been commissioned to design a permanent monument to Shirley Chisholm in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. She is a USA Ford Fellow, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grantee, and a member of the multidisciplinary Museum Design team for the Obama Presidential Center. Her work is in several permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. She epitomizes what it means to be a civic artist and is often sought after as a leading voice on the subject of art and design in the public realm, including talks at the MET and a mainstage TEDTalk.
The residency, commission, and publication are made possible by the trust and support of Robin Bracken Villa '65; the bequest of Jane Herb Rinden in honor of Thor Rinden; the Maxine Weil Kunstadter, class of 1924, Fund; and the Carlyn Steiner '67 and George Steiner Endowed Fund in honor of Joan Smith Koch.
Photograph of Amanda Williams by Matt Austin
Proceeds from this publication will directly support SCMA’s future work with contemporary artists.