Students Curate Mercy Gallery Exhibition "Youth"

“Youth,” a student-curated exhibition of photographs from the Buhl Collection, will be displayed in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery from February 13, through April 14. 

The Buhl Collection is an assemblage of more than 1,000 artistic representations of hands that have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The artwork was collected by philanthropist Henry Buhl, who gave some of his collection to his son, Christian Buhl ’84. In October 2018, Christian donated a trove of photographs from his father’s collection to Loomis Chaffee.

The four senior curators, Brandon Alvarado, Eric Guaman, Margaret Kanyoko, and Kristin Santana, selected photography from the collection to visually express the experience of being young. They arranged the selections in the gallery to represent the most important stages of youth.

“As we launch into adulthood, we embark on a journey where innocence is lost, morphing into responsibility. We hope that those who come to our show identify themselves within these pieces and recall their experiences,” the students wrote in their curators’ statement.

An opening reception for the exhibit took place in the Richmond Art Center on February 13.

Concurrently, an exhibition of student artwork will be on display in the Barnes and Wilde galleries of the Richmond Art Center. Connect to the Mercy Gallery webpage for more information, including gallery open hours.