August 27, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Tulu Bayar, Johnny, 2011

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The Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University is hosting three contemporary art exhibitions as well as a related Culture and Technology series this semester on campus and in Lewisburg. Gallery exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

The Summer Salon series, which may be seen now through Sept. 21 at the Samek Gallery, showcases aspects of the Museum's collection of more than 5,400 objects. Summer Salon II presents rarely seen selections from Bucknell's photography collection, including silver gelatin prints by Andy Warhol, Ralph Gibson, Garry Winogrand, Larry Clark and more.

The Downtown Gallery is hosting the exhibition, 20's Something through Nov. 9. This solo exhibition features new work by Professor Tulu Bayar, art, at Bucknell University, including works created in collaboration — and on the subject of deeply collaborative practice — with student artists.

An artist's reception with Bayar and other participating artists will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Downtown Gallery. Bayar will hold a conversation with Neil Anderson, professor emeritus of art, and Bucknell student artists about how generational differences inform their art practice on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Downtown Gallery building. The conversation will be followed by a reception.

The Downtown Gallery is located at 416 Market St. in Lewisburg. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the academic year.

The Country Living exhibition may be seen in the Samek Gallery Sept. 30 through Dec. 7. This exhibition taps into the ongoing conversation between the art world and rural America and looks at country as a cultural aesthetic that flows between contemporary art and regional culture. Country Living explores how place, identity, and values are communicated in visual culture.

"Our two fall exhibition offerings, Country Living and 20's Something, offer a wide range of art experiences — but they are not quite as different as they might seem at first because they are both, in some ways, about this place where we live," said Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek Art Museum.

"20's Something showcases the work of Art Professor Bayar working together with students at Bucknell University while Country Living taps into the conversation between the art world and places just like Lewisburg, Pa. So if you are here, these shows are relevant to you and we invite you to drop in and see them both," Rinehart said.

Since the term "country" is so variable and subjective, the Museum wants to open up the definition to its guests. During the course of the exhibition, visitors are invited to bring in objects that seem "country" to them, putting them on display in the Samek Gallery.

The Samek Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University, accessible via an elevator. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the academic year.

The Samek also is hosting the Culture and Technology Intersections series this semester. Ken Goldberg will lead the discussion, "Cultivating the Uncanny: Art, Fear and Fascination with Technology," on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Goldberg is a professor at UC Berkeley, where he runs a robotics research lab and an art studio. A reception follows the talk in the Samek Gallery. Other events in the Culture and Technology series are talks by Shawn Jordan on Oct. 1; Ajay Kapur on Oct. 8; Melissa Mongiat on Oct. 22; and Dale Dougherty on Oct. 29.