Big Red Thing Photo Drive
Public invited to participate 10/15 to 11/15
GVSU students participating in a course called Civic Studio seek photographs of Alexander Calder’s Grand Rapids stabile. According to associate professor of art Paul Wittenbraker, “Civic Studio aims to document a full range of experiences with the Calder, from 1969 to the present.” The public is invited to contribute photographs that may be old or new, everyday or special occasion, print or digital, black/white or color. The project, entitled “Big Red Thing” after a common nickname for Calder’s sculpture, is part of a research project coordinated by University of Wisconsin graduate student Jenny Mikulay. Civic Studio will collect photographs between October 15 and November 15, 2006.
Photos may be contributed in person or by mail, email, or website upload. To contribute a photo in person and receive assistance making a scan, visit Civic Studio at the Rapid Central Station, 250 Grandville SW on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays 5 to 7 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contributors may also mail photographs with a SASE to Civic Studio Big Red Thing Project, 300 Ellsworth NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. To contribute by email, please send a message to email@example.com. To contribute via website upload, visit www.bigredthing.org.
Civic Studio, a course that investigates the role of artists in their community, is led by Wittenbraker. Students Zyra Castillo, Jennifer Dunbar, Dean Foster, Giles Hefferan, and Sara Wassenaar are coordinating the photo drive in collaboration with Mikulay.