Footnotes and other embedded stories

April 30—June 25, 2022

Footnotes and other embedded stories takes its point of departure from the tiny number that leads to an adjacent text at the bottom of a page. Within research, a footnote acts as a hypertext—disclosing a source, highlighting a reference, tracing a line from thought to thought. Outside of academic contexts they arise in conversational tangents, offering readers, viewers, speakers, and thinkers the opportunity to delve deeper, to embed themselves within the root of the text.

The paintings, installations, videos, woodcuts, and sculptures by artists Leonard Galmon, Ruby Gonzalez Hernandez, Allison Minto, Julia Rooney, and Joseph Smolinski reveal their relationships with research through these citations. Whether referencing communal relations through portraiture, reconfiguring the self through photographic collage, (re)imagining an archive from a never-realized New Haven HBCU, collecting and arranging objects in a curio-cabinet, or mining data concerning the uses of images in technology, these artists carry their sources through numerous stories and their ever-branching web of hyperlinks to bear on futural projections.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programming series including artist conversations, roundtable discussions, artist-led workshops, and opening and closing celebrations, in addition to a digital and printed catalog.

Footnotes and other embedded stories showcases new works by the 2021–2022 Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artists-in-Residence, co-administered by Artspace New Haven and the Yale University Art Gallery. The residency was guided by Artspace Executive Director Lisa Dent in collaboration with the Yale University Art Gallery Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Keely Orgeman. The exhibition Footnotes and other embedded stories is organized by Artspace Director of Curatorial Affairs Laurel V. McLaughlin.

Major support for Footnotes and other embedded stories from Happy and Bob Doran, with additional supported by the Yale University Art Gallery, Andy Warhol Foundation, CT Humanities, Mellon Foundation, and VIA Art Fund.


Listen here for a conversation with the artists.