"From Taboo to Icon" Includes
Work by Studio Art Professor Syd Carpenter
by Anita Pace
Professor and Chair of Studio Art Syd Carpenter is one of the artists whose work is featured in "From Taboo to Icon: Africanist Turnabout" at Philadelphia's Crane Arts. The exhibition, which opened Jan. 10, is part of African Impressions / Contemporary Art, a series of symposia and events that explore modern and contemporary art from the perspective of African influences and voices. The exhibition presents artwork in all media that explores the concept of Africanist aesthetics and the taboo or iconic aspect of these influences in contemporary western culture.
Carpenter, a ceramic artist who came to Swarthmore in 1991, received one of the first Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the largest grant in the country for artists. Her work is in the collection of several museums, corporations, and private collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, the University of Illinois, the Canton Ohio Museum of Art, and the Erie Museum of Art.