Commorative Works by Contemporary Artists
September 14-December 16, 2018
This exhibition features works by a multicultural selection of contemporary artists who have created commemorative pieces inspired by their personal experiences, beliefs, or concerns. Some works honor family members; others commemorate events with political or social significance; and some pay tribute to cultural heroes or mentors.
In Memoriam is a particularly timely exhibition, as American communities discuss the messages conveyed by public monuments and debate who and what should be commemorated in the public square. The Art Museum will be the sole venue for this exhibition.
A few of the artists featured in the exhibition are:
- Hank Willis Thomas, whose Raise Up was inspired by a photograph from apartheid-era South Africa.
- Adel Abidin, whose memory of the 1991 U.S. bombing of Baghdad inspired a haunting video almost two decades later.
- Ann McCoy, whose Alchemical Doors memorialize the work of Jungian psychologist Carl Alfred Meier.
- Jave Yoshimoto, whose painting commemorates victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
- Yolanda Vásquez Petrocelli, whose work memorializes her Mexican grandmother.
- Opening Reception: September 13, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Join us for fine art, good food, and stimulating conversation. This event is free and open to the public.
- Lecture Series: Two lectures will feature scholars Erika Doss (Nov. 4) and Nicole Eaton (Oct. 11), who study public monuments and memorials.
- Artist Residency for a Community Day of the Dead altar project: November 1-4. Staff, faculty, students, and the public are encouraged to participate in this community project. Volunteer to grow marigolds! For further details contact Ann Sievers.
- Other programming: the Spanish Language Film Series and Noche Latina will complement the Art Museum’s exhibition. Watch for further information.
Image: Ann McCoy. Alchemical Doors for C.A. Meier, 1992. Series of four lithographs with gold, silver and copper leaf additions. Lent courtesy of the artist.
The Art Museum at University of Saint Joseph is part of the Connecticut Art Trail.