Warmer weather is upon us, vaccine distribution is gradually expanding, and yet after a year of being largely home-bound, many of us may need a little encouragement (or even instruction!) on how to re-emerge into the outside world or perhaps simply re-engage our daily environment. With this in mind, MIT List Visual Arts Center has organized This Way, a series of nine artist-designed walks and experiences that offer us diverse points of entry—some intimate explorations of physical embodiment and sensory experience, others guided modifications of scale, space, and geography, or novel considerations of language, architectures, or landscapes. Borrowing its title from a 1961 series by conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn, while also drawing inspiration from Fluxus and the dérive or “drift” of the Situationists, This Way takes up themes of movement and performance, ritual and meditation, and both abstract and concrete explorations of a range of spaces we occupy.
A new iteration of This Way will be released on the List Center website every other Wednesday, from May 12 to September 8, 2021. Each release will consist of both a written prompt, available as a PDF, and an audio component, recorded by one of the nine invited artists.
Artists creating the series’ prompts include: Morgan Bassichis, Rafael Domenech, Shannon Finnegan, Maria Gaspar, Emilie Gossiaux, Corin Hewitt, David Horvitz, Heather Kapplow, and Xaviera Simmons.
Artist-designed prompts can be experienced anywhere and anytime. Visit the program page to learn more about the series. Register to receive a new release of This Way in your inbox every other week.
This series will include screen reader enabled PDFs for written components, and transcripts for audio components.
About the Artist
Corin Hewitt’s installations, performances, sculptures, photographs, and videos investigate relationships within architecture and domestic life. Hewitt received his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA from Bard College. Solo exhibitions of Hewitt’s work include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MOCA Cleveland; ICA VCU, Richmond, VA; the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center; the Seattle Museum of Art; Laurel Gitlen, New York; Taxter and Spengemann, New York; Motel, New York; and Western Bridge, Seattle. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; the Memmo Foundation, Rome; the Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil; the Whitney Museum, New York; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Galerie Perrotin, Paris; Public Art Fund, New York; and the Wanas Foundation, Sweden. Hewitt was a recipient of the 2014–5 American Academy Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2011, and a Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 2010. In 2015, Mousse Publications released a 300-page monograph, entitled Seven Performances featuring six years of work. He is an Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.