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Date(s) - 10/22/2021
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rochester Contemporary Art Center


OCTOBER 1, 2021 – NOVEMBER 13, 2021

Messages & Mediums brings together two artists who explore the intersection of Spiritualism and technology through their artwork. Shannon Taggart has been working with and photographing Spiritualist mediums since 2001. Her new series of images, taken over Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime during the pandemic, builds on the long history of spirit photography and technological exploration of the otherworldly. Mediums believe that spirit communication cannot be bound by time and space and Taggart’s new work advances this concept, using a computer screen and a camera to memorialize recent digital séances. Matthew Ostrowski’s installation Summerland looks back at the archaeology of communication, mixing 19th-century hardware and 21st-century software to initiate a conversation between the medium Kate Fox, the youngest of the Fox Sisters, and inventor of the telegraph Samuel F. B. Morse. Channeling the voices of these two contemporaries through long-extinct media, the artist evokes the magical lurking in our omnipresent technologies, the ghost in the machine.

A virtual artist talk will take place October 23 at 1pm

Messages & Mediums is accompanied by a new text by Rochester-based historian, photographer, and librarian Gerry Szymanski.

This exhibition is the first in a new occasional series that considers the intersection of religion, faith, and art. Rochester’s history of religious groups, technological innovation, and progressive social movements gives us a unique vantage point to consider and support artists who engage with these subjects.

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