June 9th, 2017 - September 24th, 2017

A Modernist in the Colony and Infinite Archive

The Four artists in “A Modernist in the Colony and Infinite Archive” explore historical narratives within the collection and respond with new work through a contemporary lens. The Morris-Jumel Mansion presented two exhibitions in its “Contemporary Meets Colonial” series, which revealed contemporary responses to its collection of historic objects.

Incorporating a selection of historic material and narratives about the Morris and Jumel families chosen by four artists, the exhibitions were installed throughout the historic landmark in Upper Manhattan, and featured 30 artworks in glass and ceramic by Michigan-based artist Jeff Blandford.

Local artists Patrick Perry, Sarah Rowe, and Rachel Sydlowski respond to the unique history, archives, and architecture of the Mansion in the concurrent exhibition “Infinite Archive.” Each artist employs archival objects as springboards to create site-specific installations comprising ceramic objects, jewelry, and prints. They present visual interpretations based on different avenues of research conducted by each artist, notably into the life and times of the formidable Eliza Jumel whose tastes in fashion, furnishings, and décor are still very much in evidence at the Mansion.