A Message from the Museum Director
Art makes a difference. Its impact can slowly unveil itself or it can wallop us with a one-two punch. It can simply be the backdrop to our everyday life or it can be a new lens through which we can view our world. Our exhibitions this fall reflect the latter, encouraging us to confront and understand the multiple challenges of change – inviting us to look into the past, face the present, and consider the future. At the start of this academic year, we hope our new exhibitions will raise interests and further conversations about change - both on campus and beyond.
Changing Perspectives: World War I and the Visual Arts, on view in the Emily Lowe Gallery (September 4 - December 14), takes us back a century, to a Europe reeling from WWI and its after-effects. The diversity of art styles reveals the great differences in approaches to art and life after the War. Some artists looked back to traditions and the past, while others charged forward creating new art forms to represent this new world. We can glimpse the shock of the changed world reflected in works of art that, for some of us, may seem as unconventional and revolutionary as when they were first created. How radical these images must have been nearly 100 years ago! Viewing them in the exhibition allows us to grasp a hint of their trajectory into the present moment where we can find evidence of these past works of art.
The exhibition, Hidden in Sight: Photographing Incarceration, on view in the David Filderman Gallery through March 10th, 2019, is meant to provoke in a different way. The stories suggested and presented by the photographers may evoke a variety of reactions about a topic critical to our society but too often hidden behind the walls of overly populated prisons. If you are moved, angered, curious, then join us for related programs where we will more fully explore the complexities and possible responses inspired by these works of art.
As our programs and attendance continue to expand, we are ever more grateful to our supporters. We thank you for championing art’s ability to spark new insights, broaden perspectives, and help build a more inclusive and responsive community.
Here is to the promises of a new and vibrant fall!