BRAHM exhibition curated by Emma Bouma, Art Management Honors Thesis Candidate

Untitled by Tori Dunagan

Torie Dunagan, “Untitled”

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) will host Remembrance: The Nostalgic Impulse at Work from November 30-December 9, 2018 in the Alexander Community Gallery. The exhibition is a group show featuring art made by students at Appalachian State University, and guest curated by Emma Bouma as an honors thesis project with the Art Department. Bouma will give a curator’s talk about the exhibition on Thursday, December 6 at 4pm, followed by a reception from 5 to 7 pm as part of BRAHM’s annual Winter Exhibition Celebration. These events are free and open to the public. 

Remembrance: The Nostalgic Impulse at Work explores the way that nine young contemporary artists engage nostalgia to explore their relationships to their pasts and how these relationships inform their present identities and create a sense for the future. Nostalgia, often thought of as a longing for the past is actually much more nuanced than that.

In this more recent contemporary discourse, nostalgia is being re-evaluated by artists with renewed potential. Curator Emma Bouma asserts that nostalgia in art can be used either reactionarily or progressively. When deployed as a reactionary strategy, nostalgia is used by artists to recall certain memories, events or places of the past in order to affirm their sense of identity. When deployed as a progressive strategy, nostalgia is used to recall memories, events or places of the past to address issues and construct a different future.

The title of the show comes from a contemporary art critic who argues that there exists a “nostalgic impulse in contemporary art today.” The artists featured in this exhibit include Kayla Cho, Torie Dunagan, Paige Jordison, Hunter Koch, Raven Moffett, Hannah Palladino, Christine Perry, Juliana Phillips and Rachel Rowse—make use of reactionary or progressive nostalgia in their art through subject, theme, process or technique.

Exhibition curator, Emma Boumo has been working on this honors thesis exhibition since August. In her public talk, she will offer her insight on the works in the exhibition, and situate her project within a broader history of nostalgia in art to discuss developing theories on nostalgia.


December 6, 2018

Curator’s talk by Emma Bouma, 4 pm
Winter Exhibition Celebration, 5-7 pm

About the Curator 

Emma Bouma currently resides in Boone, NC where she attends Appalachian State University where she is pursuing a degree in Art & Visual Culture focusing on Art Management with a minor in Non-Profit Management. Following this semester, she will be interning at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for four months for her capstone course. She will be working with the Department of Exhibitions on two upcoming exhibitions: Long Live Rembrandt (Summer, 2019) and Revolusi (Autumn, 2021)