Samek Art Gallery exhibition brings haunting beauty
July 27, 2012
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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Change is in the air for the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University this fall; some of which museum director/curator Richard Rinehart predicts, "Will haunt visitors in the best way possible." Rinehart is referring to the exhibition "Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal."
"Dusk to Dusk" is a chilling assemblage of contemporary works that examines the world through a dark lens. On view from Aug. 20 through Nov. 19, the exhibition features 32 works of haunting beauty presented through painting, photography, sculpture, and video. "With imagery that invites you to explore a different realm of the exceptionally eerie, any audience will fall victim to the gaze of the unusual," said Pam Campanaro, gallery associate.
The phantasmagoric, a term used to describe 18th-century French performance theatres that displayed images of skeletons, ghosts and demons, served as inspiration for the exhibition. Similarly, "Dusk to Dusk" reawakens the spectacle of unsettling beauty, according to Campanaro.
This exhibition features an international selection of contemporary artists. Louis Bourgeois and Salvador Dali speak to a more historical definition of the uncanny, while contemporary artists Huma Bhabha, Erwin Wurum, and Hans Op De Beeck are also present. This collection of celebrated artists unearths visions of repression, personal isolation and disorder, among others.
"'Dusk to Dusk' is a visual representation of a heart-pounding rollercoaster and an answer to why we are enticed by the things that scare us," said Campanaro. "It is an emotional thrill that awakens us and evokes self-examination. An exciting way to open another year at Bucknell, 'Dusk to Dusk' promises to be the exhibition not to miss."
Rinehart, who joined the university a year ago as director/curator of the Gallery, brings a fresh perspective as he embarks on a new season of exhibitions and public programs.
This exhibition is the first time these works have been brought together in the United States, according to Rinehart. "Each work alone is riveting and seeing them together is awe-inspiring."
"The exhibition also signals a new curatorial direction for the Samek Art Gallery and I hope that all this, coupled with other changes in our spaces and programs, will arouse the curiosity of audiences and inspire them to visit us this fall," he said.
As curator, Rinehart has made another change, that of inviting the Gallery Series to return to the Samek Art Gallery. "Dusk to Dusk" will serve as the backdrop for a jazz performance by the Barry Long Trio on Friday, Aug. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. in the gallery.
Established as a series of experimental and performance art years ago, the Gallery Series is a public program designed with Assistant Professor of Music Barry Long to illustrate the collaboration between the performing and fine arts. The performance is part of Bucknell's arts festival weekend, Arts. Everywhere, scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25 at locations on campus and downtown Lewisburg.
Just in time for Halloween, the Samek Art Gallery will co-present with the Weis Center for Performing Arts theremin musician Robert Schwimmer for a night of spooky serenades. This event will be free to the public on Oct. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Samek Art Gallery. Schwimmer also will perform as part of the Weis Center series Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center lobby.
The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center and is accessible via an elevator. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
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