GAMBIER — The Graham Gund Gallery at Kenyon College premieres four new exhibitions Thursday, April 19, including the work of acclaimed contemporary artist Kiki Smith.
In addition to Smith’s show of books, prints and sculptures, the exhibitions include an exploration of the rural in American art, the photography of Indian artist Pushpamala N, and the sculptures of Jude E. Tallichet. A public reception opens the exhibitions from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the gallery lobby. Admission is free.
Kiki Smith. Smith, for years, has uniquely charted both the observable and the invisible world. Through imagery of anatomy, animals, plant forms and celestial bodies, her work across multiple media documents the intersection between natural and spiritual.
“Persistence: The Rural in American Art.” Featuring the work of artists as diverse as William Eggleston, Andrew Wyeth, John Frederick Kensett, Romare Bearden and Allan McCullom, “Persistence” explores rural themes in American visual culture from the 19th century to the present. Persistence offers viewers a provocative survey of American artists’ engagement with rural life and the cultural echoes they encourage — from the heartland to Manhattan.
“Pushpamala N: The Ethnographic Series 2000-04” (from the project “Native Women of South India (Manners & Customs).” The photographs of Indian artist Pushpamala N frustrate knowledge assumed through visual representation. The photographs are part of the Ethnographic Series 2000-04 produced in collaboration with Clare Arni and were previously shown at Saatchi Gallery in London and the Bose Pacia Gallery in New York City and galleries throughout India.
“Jude E. Tallichet: Rowing in Eden.” Part of Brooklyn-based artist Tallichet’s ongoing exploration of post-apocalyptic imagery, the abandoned clothes of “Rowing in Eden” light-heartedly memorialize poetic moments of discarded objects, making art of what people leave behind. Cast in bronze, stone and hydrocal, these abandoned garments evoke compelling narratives of excitement and celebration, departure and interruption, and even violence and disappearance.
The exhibitions remain on view through July 22. The Gund Gallery is open 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All events are open to the public. To learn more, contact gallery Director Natalie Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org and 740-427-5975, and visit www.gundgallery.org.
Published on April 16, 2012