Confronting the digitization of knowledge and the “obsolescence” of print culture, the Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation (IEA) collection serves as a repository and sanctuary for abandoned encyclopedia sets. The IEA and its Editor-in-Chief Jason Pallas transvalue their collection of these once ubiquitous tomes of knowledge into artistic material that challenge and engages the public to consider how technology has changed our relationship to knowledge. Commanding space in a sculptural way, the pieces the IEA preserves serve as time capsules that act as prisms onto historical thought and meditations on specific topics and themes, ranging from the everyday to the uncanny, the psychoanalytical to the political.
For the first time in its history, Dittmar is home to an original site-specific installation: Amanda Burnham’s ‘wall drawing’ Hub. Using paper and ink, Burnham calls attention to the ephemeral composition of modern American cities, simultaneously encapsulating both their beauty and their discordant, fragmented nature by juxtaposing the vibrancy of her urban landscape installation with the gallery walls.
2013 – 2014 Dittmar Gallery Exhibits
- 9/9-10/20: AWAY FROM HOME: by Eun-Kyung Suh
- 10/25-12/10: THE INSTITUTE FOR ENCYCLOPEDIA AMALGAMATION: by J Thomas Pallas
- 1/10-2/9: HUB: by Amanda Burnham
- 2/15-4/1: BITTERSWEET HARVEST
- 4/4-5/11: NEW AMERICANS: OUR MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT & SOCIAL ELEVATION: by Jason Patterson
- 5/16-6/12: NORTHWESTERN ART THEORY & PRACTICE SENIOR EXHIBITION
- 6/16-7/6: THE BEAT GOES ON: THE EVOLUTION OF HOUSE MUSIC IN CHICAGO:
by Lauren G Lowery and Charles Matlock
- 7/10-8/12: SCULPTURES AND PREPARATORY WORKS: by Michael Ferris Jr.