Rachel Rose ’09, alumnus and former student guide of the Yale Center for British Art, is exhibiting her new installation “Enclosure” from January 14 to February 26 at the Gladstone Gallery in New York.
Yale Daily News
‘Enclosure’, a film and installation by Rachel Rose ’09, is on display at the Gladstone Gallery in New York. The exhibition includes selected paintings from the Yale Center for British Art, which relate to the general themes of his work.
In a discussion “At Home: Artists in Conversation” hosted by the YCBA, Rose said that “Enclosure” was originally commissioned in 2019 by the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Luma Foundation in Arles, France. The main feature of the exhibition is a 30-minute film, but it also features YCBA paintings such as “Harvest Moon” by Samuel Palmer and “Matlock Tor by Moonlight” by Joseph Wright of Derby. According to YCBA Director Courtney J. Martin GRD ’09, the exhibit explores how the Industrial Revolution and privatization of the commons influenced issues such as ecology, gender and workers’ rights.
“Be a [YCBA Student Guide], I developed an intimate relationship with many of the works in the collection, and then I thought about this record of the landscape and how our current climate crisis is rooted in the changes that are happening right now,” Rose said. . “Paintings feel close to me, I grew up alongside them that way.”
Rose noted that her position as a student guide at the Yale Center for British Art, a program in which Yale undergraduates develop a visit based on their interests and engage with the art of the museum, has helped her greatly. to organize his installation but also to explore the 19th century. art and its influence on modern art.
Academics have also helped shape Rose’s artistic interests, as she cites Keith Wrightson’s course “History of Agrarian England” as one of the biggest inspirations for her installation. Drawing further inspiration from mediums such as the films “Barry Lydon” and “Winstanely” and a biography of Shakespeare, Rose explored how social upheaval in agrarian England influenced people’s relationships with the landscape.
Rose’s film is set in 17th century England, but was filmed in upstate New York.
“The light and scenery there is nothing like England,” Rose said. “The light is harsh and high, the grass much more stringy and paler. When I was looking at the images I wanted to find a way to make this landscape look more British, and the easiest way was to replace the sky.
Rose explained that in agrarian England, the sky was central to people’s worldview since the stars and the sun directed the growth of cultures. As industrialization took hold, the sky became a site of emotional expression – romanticism.
Rose cites the paintings she decided to loan to the Yale Center for British Art for her installation as influences on the world of her film. This intimate relationship between her and the artwork comes as no surprise due to the intensive learning elements of the Student Guide program.
Linda Friedlaender, head of education at the Yale Center for British Art, noted that the Yale Center for British Art offers its student guides the opportunity to learn about British art, history and culture from the Elizabethan era to the present day. Friedlaender added that student guides are expected to create their own art tour “based on what they know and study themselves,” but “the most important thing about the tour is that it should be accurate.” .
“We have an incredible number of students who have performed after their time at Yale in the arts,” Friedlaender said. “It’s really good that so many people have enjoyed their time as a student guide that they have pursued careers in the arts.”
“Enclosure” will be exhibited at the Gladstone Gallery at 530 West 21st St. in New York City from January 14 through February 26.