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"Swing Low" opens in Perlman Teaching Museum

March 30, 2015

Arts staff at Carleton College are busy installing a new exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum that literally ‘hangs’ in the Braucher Gallery. “Swing Low,” opening Friday, April 3 and on display through May 3, features sculptural works from four talented artists that hang from the space’s ceiling grid, creating a unique and varied visual landscape.

“Swing Low” features the work of three Minnesota artists—Elizabeth Simonson, Alison Hiltner, and HOTTEA (aka Eric Rieger)—along with Massachusetts artist Rebecca Hutchinson. All four artists will speak about their work at the exhibit’s opening event, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236, followed by a reception in the Weitz Commons from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

For “Swing Low,” each artist was invited to create an “upside-down” landscape that would hang from the gallery’s lighting grid, designed to engage visitors in various and wondrous experiences in composition, materials and space. While each artist’s work is distinct, collectively the group is united in their innovative approach to materials, fascination with systems, thematic reach across disciplines, and overall sense of wonder.

Hiltner’s multi-media installation unites the worlds of science, technology, and nature; HOTTEA has transformed countless skeins of yarn into high-intensity immersive environments; Hutchinson’s work responds to complex natural systems through innovative paper-clay creations; and Simonson’s approach, steeped in systematic processes, results in the construction of airy, site-specific sculptures.

“Swing Low” is on display in the Perlman Teaching Museum’s Braucher Gallery through May 3. For more information, including disability accommodations, contact Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection, at (507) 222-4342 or visit the website at

The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 Third Street East in Northfield. Hours for the Perlman Teaching Museum are: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enter the Weitz Center at Third and College Streets.