Ever-changing installation on display at IUCA+D

Cool idea, and certainly an eye-catching name. That’s my thought on the ever-changing “Exquisite Corpse” gallery installation at the IU Center for Art and Design in downtown Columbus.

Exquisite Corpse installation

A recent shot of the “Exquisite Corpse” installation.

If you’ve never been to the center, it serves as a living laboratory for students, faculty and others to study the unique architectural, artistic and landscape heritage in Columbus. And if you don’t know much about the city, here’s a detail that should make it clear the center is perfectly located: Smithsonian Magazine once called the community a “veritable museum of modern architecture.”

The center’s gallery is currently hosting the “Exquisite Corpse” installation, which changes throughout its 10-week tenure. Eighteen artists, musicians, architects, sculptors, carpenters and dancers are taking part in the installation, modeled on a Victorian-era parlor game that changes with each new contribution by participants.

“Each of the participants brought material of their own choosing to create the installation and, in following weeks, have re-visited it to add to it, repurpose or otherwise change its composition. There is only one rule: Nothing can be thrown out,” said T. Kelly Wilson, center director and associate professor with IU Bloomington’s Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The result is a consequence of serendipity and calculation.”

A dance group has been invited to add its own interpretive performance around the installation before it closes Dec. 1.

Want to see “Exquisite Corpse” for yourself? Visit the IU Center for Art and Design gallery at 310 Jackson St. It’s open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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