To celebrate Yale’s hosting of City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) on the West Campus, all members of the campus community are invited to a special Preview Day on Friday, Oct. 26, where they can the works of over 200 artists — as well as special events and performances — before the weekend crowds.
The CWOS Alternative Space Weekend (Oct. 26-28) — during which artists from across Connecticut are offered space to exhibit their work — is being held for the first time at West Campus. A series of special projects and commissions will take place at the Alternative Space centered around the CWOS theme this year of “Wellbeing.” The theme is a fitting one for West Campus, which is home to the Yale School of Nursing and various health science institutes, as well as scholars dedicated to sustainable energy and the preservation of cultural heritage.
The artists will exhibit their works in Building 410, adjacent to the Yale School of Nursing. The campus is located at 100 West Campus Dr. in Orange.
Special events will include interactive performances, tai chi, henna body painting, gift-making for cancer patients, documentary film screenings, musical meditation sessions, live readings, and more. Site-specific works commissioned by Artspace for this year’s CWOS will also be featured at the Alternative Space; these include a traveling exhibit marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a project engaging local veterans with art; an exploration of race and mental health in urban communities; an adult swaddling space; an immersive installation that fosters acceptance and self-congratulation among members of the queer community; a project exploring humans’ place in the ecosystem by exploring the earth’s “underneath”; a sound and movement choir joining people whose work centers on healing; a tree spa for urban forest healing; a large-scale dance performance that pays homage to the West Campus; a series of paintings that explore the history of the West Campus site; and an installation that seeks to create a safe space for those recovering from addiction to record music and design album art (and for others to listen).
Free shuttles will run throughout the weekend to West Campus, with pick-ups on the campus and nearby. For further information, visit the CWOS website.