Exclusive to the Everhart Museum, The Blood is the Life featured a multi-disciplinary exploration of vampires in our world, in fact and fiction, and how blood and bloodsucking creatures impact today’s popular culture and societal mindset. These “monsters” have become a popular facet in today’s culture and media, and reflect various social issues that artists use to interpret the social tensions for humanity, including disease, ostracism, and the occult. In a nod to the Everhart Museum’s science collection, the exhibit highlighted haematophagy and vampire creatures that have long been present in nature, especially small mammals and insects that get their food by sucking the plasma of other animals, as well as explore the development and history of medicine, blood diseases and hematology. The Blood is the Life also included the art of blood and the vampire in literature, film, and contemporary art, including ancient legends of vampires and mythical creatures, as well as the techniques used to prevent vampirism in the dead. Financial assistance for this exhibit was provided by PNC Bank and Michael Harris.
Lenders to the exhibit included: AIDS Memorial Quilt/The NAMES Project Foundation, Michael E. Bell with Cyril Place, Jim Bosha, Bram Stoker Estate, The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Kerri Halpern (Madstone Designs), Historical Haunts, Hoffman’s Far East Gallery, Gary Kwiecinski (Biology/University of Scranton), Lackawanna County Library System, Lackawanna Historical Society, Luzerne County Historical Society, Lycoming County Historical Society, Mütter Museum, Noreen O’ Connor (English Dept/King’s College), Ann Pang-White (Philosophy/University of Scranton), Rose Melnick Medical Museum at Youngstown State University, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, Father Sebastiaan, Scranton Times-Tribune, Betty and Bob Smith, Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Vamplets and private collectors, as well as donors Larry Fillion and LEECHES USA. A unique element of the project includes an outdoor Pollinator Garden with plants donated by Knob View Farm and The Lands at Hillside Farms.
Contemporary artists whose work was displayed in the exhibit: Cameron Conaway (Malaria Poems), Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Jordan Eagles, Anna Fidler, Kathy High, Jessica Joslin, Duane Thomas, Marci Washington, and Thomas Webb.
What’s in the cloud? featured current research by local specialists on bats in Pennsylvania and the Caribbean. Bats are often demonized (and mistaken as vampiric bloodsuckers) due to their unusual looks and nocturnal habitats, but are important players in regional ecosystems. Dr. Gary Kwiecinski/University of Scranton studies the morphology (science of form and structural features) of Antillean Island bats and shared his photos and almost 30 years of research about these adaptive creatures. Locally, wildlife managers from the PA Game Commission shared their documentation on White Nose Syndrome, a disease plaguing North American hibernating bat clouds (colonies) in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2006.
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum, Sidewalk Surfing showcased the creativity and community of skateboarders both in the United States and globally. The exhibit examined the historical roots of skateboarding, as well as the popular culture of the sport today. Sidewalk Surfing presented artifacts & artwork reflecting the cultural importance of skateboarding, as well as design, technology, demographics, contemporary art, and impact of the sport on society. Support for the exhibit was provided by Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. Exhibit Lenders and Partners: Dennis Allgeier Collection; Airwalk; Aris Sport; Cynthia Connolly, ARTISPHERE; The Associated Press; Erik Binggeser; Blabac Photo; Andrew Colbert and Andy Vasquez; Deckstool; Chris Dyer; DCKT Contemporary; Dino DeNaples; Craig Redman & Karl Maier, Enjoi and Levine/Leavitt; Flatface Fingerboards; James Gallagher; Keith Garcia; James Gidosh Collection; Rich Gilligan; Jim Goodrich; Jack Grant; Tory Grant; Sean Greene; Inga Guzyte; Lia Halloran; Haroshi & HUF Worldwide; Ryan Humphrey; Kris Kanaly; Ipath Footwear; Patrick Maphis Collection; MapleXO; New York Daily News; Mike O’Meally; Jenna Selby; Skatelab; Gil Le Bon Delapointe, Skate Study House; John Slaby; Craig Snyder; Len Speier; Balam Soto; The Strong; Neal Thompson; The West Collection; Lorraine Walsh, UNC Asheville and the Dept. of New Media; Adam Weitzenkorn; Sean Witman, Stephen Wright and Cody Zehner.
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum, Decked Out was a community art exhibition featuring conceptual designs of fantasy or dream skateboards by community artists of all ages. Skateboarding generates creativity among its fans and practitioners, regardless of age and background. The following individuals contributed to the development of this project and guided students in the creations of their decks: Sarrah Dibble (Blue Ridge Elementary School), Tory Grant, Earl W. Lehman (artist-in-residence at McNichols Plaza Elementary School), Karen Mattern (North Pocono Intermediate School), Richard McKnight, MarKay Nocera (Abington Heights Middle School), Russ Noto, Jocelyn Pesanky, and Jennifer Piconi (Lakeland Junior Senior High School).
Exclusive to the Everhart Museum was the exhibit 1963: A Blast from the Past! a visual look back at the year’s events that filled Americans with exhilaration, as well as those that brought us to unfathomable depths of despair. This new exhibit features images, documents, and ephemera and will be on display through December 30, 2013.
1963: A Blast from the Past! was developed by students enrolled in Public History 281, a class designed to introduce undergraduates to the world of museum and archival work. It is one of several courses offered as part of the Public History minor within Marywood University’s Social Sciences Department.
The students worked with museum staff to explore this remarkable year. Researching topics and events that shaped our world 50 years ago, they focused on the following: Civil Rights Movement, Cold War Culture, JFK and his legacy, Space Race, the Shadow of Vietnam and daily life in general.
The student curators of 1963: A Blast from the Past! are: Arianna Boettger, Eileen Comninos, Dana Daly, Katie Dane, Yeslene Dijol, Anna Hickman, Shari Landy, Brian Nargi, Gia Reveillo, Julianne Reymer, and Adam Villella.
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