GOCA opens world premiere of multimedia exhibition “Seat of Learning: Jane Lackey & Thomas Lehn” Feb. 27 at Ent Center

Vintage school chair.
Vintage School Desk, courtesy Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn. Photo credit Amaya Coblentz

The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art will be the world-premiere exhibition site for “Seat of Learning: Jane Lackey & Thomas Lehn.” The exhibition will open Feb. 27 at the Ent Center for the Arts’ Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art.

A public lecture by artists Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn will take place on opening night at 6 p.m. in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall in the Ent Center as part of the UCCS Visiting Artists & Critics Series. A reception will follow immediately until 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be on view through July 18, 2020. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m., or by appointment.

About the Exhibit

“Seat of Learning” is a multipronged and multimedia art project curated by Daisy McGowan and featuring a monumental art installation with accompanying artist residency with New Mexico–based artists Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn. Investigating time, movement, memory, knowledge, storytelling, empathy and how we learn from material objects, the artists have over the past two years gathered oral histories from a diverse range of individuals from across the western United States and the Pikes Peak region. GOCA is proud to produce the world premiere of the resulting exhibition at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS.

The exhibition’s title references the inspiration for the project—a vintage school desk. Lackey and Lehn felt that the desk summed up the essence of twentieth-century early learning through its patina, material presence, and history of use. According to the artists, it “telegraphed the constrictions, freedom, and wonder of acquiring knowledge while bringing up and challenging assumptions about truth, memory, and understanding as we adapt to new paradigms.”

Lackey and Lehn are both longtime educators, and so it is fitting that their project encompasses a working artist residency with undergraduate students in Matt Barton’s installation art course within the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts. During the six-week residency, which started in mid-January, the artists have worked with UCCS students and staff to produce and build the installation in the gallery space. GOCA is committed to providing UCCS undergraduate students with vital hands-on learning experiences and access to the professional artists we bring to the Pikes Peak region.

About GOCA

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation, celebrating 40 years in 2020. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location that opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

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