Judith G. Levy’s dramatic installation Memory Cloud, a favorite of visitors to last year’s Memory Theatre 2013, was composed of nearly a thousand vintage 35mm slides—shots of ordinary folks doing everyday things—that the artist foraged from yard sales and swap meets. But they didn’t come together by accident.
Under Levy’s supervision, teams of MAG staff members spent a full week in assembling the “cloud” by attaching single slide viewers to ball chains and suspending them from an overhead grid. Like real memories, some of the images were easily accessible to visitors and others tantalizingly out of reach.
Pictured above: The artist (with hands raised) explaining the process to Cindy Culbert and overseeing work on the installation; one of the “memories.”
In a recent issue, American Craft magazine singled out Rochester in the 1950s as a “craft hotbed.” So it comes as no surprise that at least 11 artists in the 2012 exhibition Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design had connections to RIT’s School for American Crafts (SAC). Among them was Ruth Clark Radakovich, who lived in Rochester from 1955 to 1959 and studied with SAC metalsmith Jack Prip (also in the show).
Two works by Radakovich—a cocktail ring and a futuristic door—were on view in Crafting Modernism. And two works by her husband, Svetozar, are in the Gallery’s permanent collection—his Bird Form sculpture and Seascape—Dubrovnik, a prize winner from the 1956 Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.
While in Rochester, both Radakoviches taught in the Gallery’s Creative Workshop; in the undated archive photo above, Ruth (standing) is shown with Workshop students.
In 1959, the couple left Rochester with their two daughters and settled north of San Diego, California. Ruth died in 1975, Svetozar in 1998.