About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Butterfly Effect Opening Reception


601 Tully’s Inaugural Exhibit

October 29- December 9, 2011

Opening Reception: Thurs Nov 3, 5-7pm, to be followed by a reading at 7pm, featuring

Manuel Dejesus and Christopher Kennedy

Exhibition Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-5 or by appointment

601 Tully Street

Syracuse, NY 13204


601tully@gmail.com / 315.427.7910

The Butterfly Effect is the first multimedia exhibition at 601 Tully. The actual and conceptual life of a butterfly is a departure point for a collaborative exhibition that places humans and butterflies together in a micro-habitat inside an art space.

The Butterfly Effect presents a variety of interpretations of the butterfly structure and the butterfly as a symbol as addressed by contemporary visual artists and will include work by local artists, Syracuse University students and professors, and Syracuse youth. The centerpiece of The Butterfly Effect is a living butterfly habitat constructed by Syracuse University students using materials reclaimed from local sites. The interior butterfly garden provides the opportunity for exhibition visitors to observe living butterflies while surrounded by artworks that explore or feature the butterfly metaphorically.

Public programming aimed at near West Side teens will introduce art-making processes less present in schools to participants (metalworking and casting) and create connections between area youth and local arts organizations. The exhibition and additional public programming will educate visitors about the life cycle of butterflies while engaging them as a whole community.

This Butterfly Effect aims to introduce the 601 Tully site not as an object in the field but as part of the field and embodies the philosophies of 601 Tully as a sensitive, dependent system operating between University and neighborhood ecologies. 601 Tully is a concrete site, a curriculum, an idea, and an artifact of collective experience that, like the butterfly effect, can appear at times random or out of place but is actually part of a complex, interlocking system.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

SU press release: http://www.syr.edu/news/articles/2011/paying-it-forward-10-111.html

Friday, October 28, 2011

Marion Wilson's Spring 2012 Course

EDU 300/400/600: New Directions in Social Sculpture
(Taught by Marion Wilson, Kianga Ford, and Raul Miyar)
Wednesday 9:30-12:30 at 601 Tully (on Syracuse's Near West Side: 601 Tully St., Syracuse, NY 13204)

Collaborative Research Studio is a practical, collaborative workshop that emphasizes research and production. It is shaped by faculty research and is designed to provide a context for students to engage with the themes and problems with which their teaching faculty are currently engaged. Unusual in a Fine Arts teaching context, it introduces collective problem-solving and multi-disciplinary team-building that exposes students to the processes of research and development, fabrication, as well as working with institutional needs and agendas that are often a part of professional practice.

This course is a collaboration between three faculty at different institutions: Marion Wilson (Syracuse University); Raul Miyar (Altos de Chavon); and Kianga Ford (Parsons). Each faculty brings a unique perspective to thinking about the rapidly-expanding field that goes under varying monikers, including: social practice, public practice, new genre public art, community-engaged art, and social sculpture, to name a few. Representing different expertise as artists, Miyar, Wilson, and Ford bring practices from painting to architecture to sound and installation to interrogate this emergent field. In this course, they question the limits and methods of this domain of contemporary art by inviting students into their artistic working processes in sites where they live—Syracuse, NYC, and La Romana, Dominican Republic. Students will research and develop new works in each of those locales in teams led by the faculty.

The course will begin with an optional site visit to La Romana for students at all institutions in January (January 16-20, course dates—travel days not included—for additional information on the site visit, please write to mewils01@syr.edu). And the research process will be shared in an exhibition and series of community conversations at Aronson Gallery, at Parsons in NYC in March and April.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Today's Blue Wednesday Postponed

ATTENTION: Today's Blue Wednesday Coffee Conversation has been POSTPONED to November 16, 1 pm @ 601 Tully.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Agnes Martin Inspired 601 Tully Facade

Re-imagining the facade of 601 Tully based on Agnes Martin paintings.

Done by 601 Tully Teammate Andrew Weigand (SU Architecture '12)

Monday, October 17, 2011

And it won't be long before the next generation of eggs are being laid

At the nectar bar, romance is in the air

Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar is transformed into a new creature

Caterpillars take advantage of a vast variety of colors, forms and textures to avoid their predators

A caterpillar egg can be unexpectedly beautiful

Butterfly Effect postcards designs