The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce Framing Beauty. This exhibition will open Friday, August 26th and continue through Saturday, October 6. A symposium is planned for Thursday, September 8th – Saturday, September 9th, 2016. There will be a panel discussion with participating artists Omar Victor Diop, Bill Gaskins, Kalup Linzy and Ji Yep moderated by Professor Deborah Willis on Thursday, September 8th from 5-6:30 pm at the Grunwald Gallery, with a reception following from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Grunwald Gallery. Artisit Bill Gaskins will hold a Brown Bag lunch on Friday, September 9th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, location TBD. A Round Table Meeting and Discussion with artists and students will be held from 3:00 – 5:00pm, location TBD. Professor/Curator Deborah Willis will give a lecture in Fine Arts 015, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm with a reception to immediately follow from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Mangue Banzima Michael M. Koehler
Shelia Pree Bright Kalup Linzy
Zoe Buckman Osamu James Nakagawa
Omar Victor Diop Gordon Parks
Adama Delphine Fawundu Hank Willis Thomas
Ana Theresa Fernandez Mickalene Thomas
Bill Gaskins Carrie Mae Weems
Gerard H. Gaskin Fo Wilson
Susan Kae. Grant Kehinde Wiley
Myra Greene Ji Yeo
An exhibition of a select grouping of 20 contemporary artists Some of these artists are looking the past, recreating portraits through the camera’s lens while others are re-staging beauty as a performative act.
The tension explored in this exhibition is found in the works that ask questions of the unknown viewer that confront the work through a wide range of media from film, video, painting, sculpture, installation art and mixed media. They explore gender and desire; humor and apathy; child games and toys and play with the imaginary through dreaming and projecting. Some use their own photographs and archival photographs to incorporate stories about social politics about injustices. These works focus on the notion of individuality and what comes together is a collective pursuit of the idea of “framing beauty” in a complex society. How does one re-image and re-imagine a history of beauty through satire and sincerity as a result of absence is critical to the questioning of beauty. One of my most powerful experiences as a curator is discovering artists who embrace the broad concept of memory to explore the complexities of life, from making visible stories of activism to transforming everyday experiences to dreaming through aspects of beauty.
For further information, please contact the Grunwald Gallery at (812) 855-8490 or [email protected]. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.indiana.edu/~grunwald/. The Grunwald Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4:00 pm, closed Sunday and Monday. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, please visit www.fa.indiana.edu.
Cost: Free and open to the public
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