Theorem Exhibition Opening

Saturday, September 25, 2021



Join us for the opening of Theorem in Barnsworth Gallery. This multimedia exhibition explores how art, science, and story can reflect inner topographies. Theorem draws inspiration from Theorem, the visual and literary book created by artist Antonia Contro and poet Elizabeth Bradfield.

Theorem began in the summer of 2017 when Contro and Bradfield began a collaborative exchange. Prompted by a book of Contro’s images, Bradfield responded in writing. Over the next two years, this exchange evolved into an evocative visual and lyric expression in book form. Spare images, distilled text, and the resonant space between investigate the legacy of secrets acquired in childhood and held through a life.

This exhibition will be on view in Barnsworth Gallery September 26 – November 24, 2021 and viewing included with the purchase of a guided tour ticket.

Antonia Contro with Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry. Founder of Broadsided Press, Liz works as a naturalist and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.

Antonia Contro is an artist whose work ranges from drawing and painting to multimedia installations and concept-based collaborations that engage artists and practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Contro’s exhibitions include Tempus Fugit at American Philosophical Society Museum, Ex Libris at Chicago Cultural Center, Closed/Open at Newberry Library, and Descry at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Contro’s work is in the Art Institute of Chicago, Hammer Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Menil Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Public Library, and other private and institutional collections.