August 23, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University has scheduled several exhibitions for the 2010-11 academic year.

Beginning Aug. 25, "An Academic Resource: Highlights from the Permanent Collection" may be viewed in the main gallery through Oct. 3.

The Highlights exhibition, organized by the Samek Art Gallery, presents a diverse array of fine works of art that serve as a resource to academic disciplines across the university.

Many works on view are recent acquisitions; others are from the collection but seldom exhibited before; others were part of temporary exhibitions from years past.

The Permanent Collection consists of more than 5,250 objects, from classical antiquity to works created in the 21st century.

Project Room installation
A second exhibition, "The Sleep of Reason: A Cautionary Tale," will be installed in the Project Room Aug. 25 through Oct. 3.

The installation by Deborah Cornell, with audio by Richard Cornell, suggests the dangers of the journey into the little-known territory of genetics, and the potential for changing the foundation of the natural world by the "unraveling" of DNA.

In the installation, a large, boat-like vessel filled with natural forms is surrounded by composite images and floating texts. The vessel is lit by a discomforting light, with audio gathered from field and studio recordings and filtered to reveal aspects beyond the natural scope of the human ear, including tree frogs and bats.

Deborah and Richard Cornell will participate in a conversation about the exhibition on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center. The artist/curator talk and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

Other exhibitions include:

·      Oct. 11 through Nov. 21: "Xiaoze Xie: Amplified Moments (1993-2008)." Curated by Dan Mills, this is the first major exhibition to include significant works from each of Xie's library and newspaper painting series. Born in China in 1966, and educated in China and the U.S., Xie is the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art at Stanford University; he was with the Bucknell art faculty from 2000 to 2009. Xie will speak about his work on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

·      Dec. 1 through Dec. 7: "AIDS Memorial Quilt: The NAMES Project," organized by the NAMES Project Foundation, the Bucknell AIDS Committee and the Samek Art Gallery. The exhibition's opening ceremony will begin at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 1, with the continuous reading of names of those who have died of AIDS.

·      Jan. 28 through March 30: "Deng Guoyuan and Rosalyn Richards: Works on Paper," main gallery.

·      Jan. 28 through March 30: "Collection Focus III: In Chicago," project room.

·      April 15 through May 3: "Annual Student Art Show."

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and is accessible by elevator. Admission is free. Gallery hours during the academic year 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.

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