October 16, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University will host the exhibition, Collection Focus II: Transformed Spaces/Inventive Narratives, Oct. 24 through Dec. 9 in the Project Room.

Curated by Tulu Bayar, Bucknell assistant professor of art and art history, the exhibition focuses on important and emerging contemporary artists working in photographic media who transform and create spaces, and invent narratives ranging from mysterious to the mundane.

Five noted artists
Artists in the exhibition are Julie Becker (Los Angeles), James Casebere (New York), Leonidas Correa (Costa Rica), Gregory Crewdson (New York), and Abelardo Morell (Boston). "All five artists represented in this exhibition are interested in transformation, construction and creating open-ended narratives," states Bayar.

Some of the questions Bayar asks in the exhibition brochure are, "How do contemporary photographers approach the everyday, and how do they transform our known world to create visual poetry, without focusing on pragmatism? How do they fuse the most simple and mundane, with their own dreams, resulting in a world that they create and have control over?" She continues, "Despite the differences in the execution of the work, the artists of Transformed Spaces / Inventive Narratives create works concerned with these questions."

Camera Obscura Image of the Pantheon in the Hotel des Grands Hommes by Abelardo Morell

Photography an area of strength
"Photography is an area of strength in the permanent collection, and represents 20 percent of our holdings," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery. "For this exhibition, Professor Bayar focused on recent photography acquisitions and contemporary photographers."

As a talented and well-exhibited photographer, and as a professor of photography who makes use of the permanent collection in her courses, Bayar brings a unique perspective to the artists and work in this exhibition. This is her curatorial debut.

The collection comprises more than 5,000 objects from many cultures and from all over the globe. This significant University resource is primarily the result of bequests and gifts. With holdings that range from ancient objects to art from the 21st century, this research field serves the University community across disciplines, and makes fine works of art available to the community and region.

"The Space of Freedom"
Running concurrently is the Samek exhibition, The Space of Freedom: Apartment Exhibitions in Leningrad (1964-1986) in the main gallery. Visitors to the exhibition, which includes 46 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the collection of the Museum of Nonconformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, will enter a recreated Soviet communal apartment interior to view art in the exhibition.

"The Communist Party banned art that didn't conform to the government's edicts," said Mills. "Artists creating in styles not permitted by the government organized short-term exhibitions, lasting a day or even a few hours, in their own communal apartments." The exhibition was organized by the University of Richmond Museums.

Peace & Resistance series
The Samek exhibitions are part of the University's yearlong "Peace & Resistance" series, a multidisciplinary program that links the 25th anniversary of Bucknell University having an art gallery, the 10th anniversary of the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua, and 125 years of women at Bucknell. For more information, visit the Peace & Resistance page.
 
The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 577-3792 or visit www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/.

Contact: Division of Communications

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