Connecticut College News
´Northern Memory, Southern Memory´ now on campus07/16/2009
“Northern Memory, Southern Memory”
No one was more grateful for Jessica Soffer’s Connecticut College experience than her father, renowned artist Sasson Soffer P’07.
He is thankful for everything she took away from the experience. “My father always talks about how happy it made him to think of me there,” Jessica said.
As a way of giving back to the place that gives her father such joy, Jessica and her family recently donated one of Sasson’s pieces, “Northern Memory, Southern Memory,” to the College.
Sasson has exhibited across the country, twice at the Carnegie International, the oldest North American exhibition of contemporary art. His work can be found in permanent collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Jessica said that the family chose the piece in part because the dynamic sculpture “provides a contrast to the very serene, very rolling landscape of the Green.”
“In many ways, the campus is punctuated by strong art, and we wanted to continue and contribute to that trend,” she said.
Jessica, who works as an assistant designer for Seldom Scene Interiors and recently earned her M.F.A. from Hunter College, said that her professors, such as Frank Graziano, Blanche McCrary Boyd, and Robert Gay, and Mary Devins, the associate director of CISLA, gave her the support and focus she needed to figure out exactly what she wanted to do.
Sasson designed “Northern Memory, Southern Memory” in 1986, and it can now be seen between Palmer and Cummings.