A Year in the Life of the Byerly Gallery

The Influence of Influence. Photo by Bob O'ConnorThe Influence of Influence. Photo by Bob O'Connor

The Byerly Gallery at 
the Radcliffe Institute features a range of exhibits by artists, filmmakers, and scientists.

“Radcliffe’s Byerly Gallery showcases the creative work of our fellows, students, and staff,” says Radcliffe 
Dean Lizabeth Cohen. “These expressions celebrate the arts and enrich the aesthetic and intellectual life of Harvard.”

During the 2012–2013 academic year, Radcliffe presented a variety of exhibits in the gallery.

The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff

April 8–May 3

Photo by Heather LathamPhoto by Heather LathamThe Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff, a gallery installation by Zoe Beloff, recreated a mid-20th-century film studio designed to produce industrial films. Beloff, the Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2012–2013 and a professor in the Department of Media Studies at Queens College, says, “I explore what might be called the dream life of technology. I attempt to reanimate the remains from cinema’s past—discarded films, old projectors—to set them in motion so that they might speak again, but differently.”

Staff Art Show

Summer 2012

The annual Radcliffe Institute Staff Art Show exhibits the creative work 
of Institute staff members, including drawings, paintings, patchwork quilts, and photographs.

Queens Boulevard, 24" x 30", oil on canvas, by Jessica Brilli, the senior graphic designer.


Chairs I, 21.5" x 30", pencil and gouache on paper by Bruce Williams, a Schlesinger Library staff member.

Three Blue Women, 19" x 26", Ukiyo-e woodcut, by Betsy Richard Schrock, a development staff member.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: 
The Future of Water” Poster Session

October 12

A popular feature of Radcliffe’s annual science symposium was 
an exhibit of posters highlighting the work of graduate students and postdocs on the science and policy of clean water. The exhibit allowed scholars, scientists, students, alumnae/i, and the public to see the kinds of research that future leaders in the field are doing to deliver potable water to everyone.

The Influence of Influence: Early Works and Recent Takes by Romuald Karmakar

February 4–28

The Influence of Influence gave viewers insight into two early documentaries by the filmmaker Romuald KarmakarSam Shaw on John Cassavetes (1990) and Hellman Rider (1988)—that explore the nature of artistic inspiration through conversations with influential figures of American film and Hollywood. The exhibit also featured a new clip every day, 19 Clips
 for 19 Days, which examined the continuing “influence of influence” and the people and places from which inspiration is drawn.

Karmakar was a David and Roberta Logie Fellow and a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow.

Square of Paranoia

May 9–May 31

The artist David Levine’s work explores the conditions of performance and spectatorship across a variety of media, including theater, video, pedagogy, and visual arts. His exhibit attempted to make sense of cassettes, black-and-white negatives, Super 8 footage, and scattered pieces of evidence that he found in late 2010. The films and recordings were made by Levine’s father—an anthropologist—who was implicated in an art-world scandal in 1970. Levine’s parents divorced in 1973, and his father died when Levine was 10. The exhibit’s title is drawn from a hallucination his father experienced on his deathbed.

He Maketh a Path to Shine After Him:
 One Would Think the Deep to Be Hoary

March 12–29

A scene from LeviathanA scene from LeviathanGallery visitors experienced riding on a commercial fishing boat out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. This video installation by the filmmakers Véréna Paravel RI ’13 (the Frieda L. Miller Fellow and a Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow) and Lucien Castaing-Taylor RI ’10 was created from their award-winning movie Leviathan (2012), which critics have called an experimental film as much as a documentary. In the installation, the filmmakers reworked sequences from the movie and projected the images, frame by frame, at 1/50 of the speed at which they were recorded. The slow movement animated the stills—shots in and from the sea—revealing a liminal universe at the threshold of human vision.

The (Abridged) Estate of Rochelle F., 2010–2012

November 8–December 11

Rochelle Feinstein—the 2012–2013 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, a professor at the Yale University School of Art, and the director of graduate studies in painting/ printmaking—displayed her solo exhibition featuring an eclectic range of drawings and paintings and a video installation.

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