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2018 Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
April 20, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our Spring 2018 Exhibitions:
FREUD ON THE COUCH – PSYCHE IN THE BOOK
BETHANY COLLINS: OCCASIONAL VERSE
2017 WORKSPACE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6-8 pm
The science of psychoanalysis has always held a great fascination for artists – both as a medium for reflection and as an instrument for creating meaning. Indeed, Freud’s “cultural work” (per Thomas Mann) remains a popular subject for many contemporary artists. Similar to how images in dreams are visualizations of hidden thoughts, artistic creations probe the depths and meanings of our cultural self-perception, they portray the forces shaping not only the individual but also the collective unconscious. We are surrounded by the issues Freud named and analyzed, and we are also moved by them. The artwork in this exhibition is based directly or indirectly on these concepts and theories or are closely associated to specific themes.
Collins’ Featured Artist Project is centered around America: A Hymnal, an artist book made up of 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee from the 18th-20th c. Since its debut by the Rev. Samuel E. Smith on July 4, 1831, the lyrics of My Country ’Tis of Thee were re-titled and re-written at least one hundred times. Each re-writing in support of a passionately held cause—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy—articulates a version of what it means to be American. In its many lyrical variations, America: A Hymnal is a chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song. Additional works included in Collins’ Featured Artist Project are from her Contronym series, altered dictionaries and encyclopedias, each refusing in its own way a singularity of meaning.
An exhibition featuring new work produced here at the Center during their 2017 residency by emerging artists Golnar Adili, David Rios Ferreira, Alicia Grullón, and Richard Tran. These New York-based emerging artists are offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist’s books and related work in two-to-four month residencies. The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in making book art. The Center especially encourages artists from all disciplinary backgrounds and from culturally diverse backgrounds.