2016 Exhibitions

Between the Covers: ADoug Beube, (l) Masked Language, (r) Masked Information, 2015; altered dictionary, book, metal, and marble; © Doug Beube and courtesy of JHB Gallery, New Yorkltered Books in Contemporary Art

February 5-June 6, 2016 in the Maslow Galleries

Ever contemplate a future where domestic bookcases, libraries, bookstores, and hand-me-down school books will be things of the past and reading for most will become a digital experience? What will happen to all of the obsolete publications in print? For the artists in Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, found and mass-produced books are their expressive medium of choice. Viewing themselves as collaborators with their source material, they transform them into sculptures and installations of all sizes and shapes. Beyond exploiting physical and sensorial properties, the artists improvise with content, both text, and image. In answer to the looming demise of the printed publication, the exhibition argues that in giving books new life as unique works of art, the artists are opening up fresh possibilities of meaning and relevance. Approaches range from folding, drilling, shredding, carving, stacking, ripping, sewing, pasting, burning, and sanding to collage and assemblage. In reshaping both subject and material, the artists repackage our attachment to the written text as a catalyst for memory and the imagination while rekindling our sensorial response to the book’s physicality. And as they draw attention to communal and personal associations of books and reading, they explore alternate ways to knowledge and history, the cycle of creation and decay, and the passage and compression of time. Between the Covers is exclusive to the Everhart Museum and is guest curated by Sarah Tanguy.

Designed by participating artist Lisa Hill, the Between the Covers interactive PDF is available for download here.

Artists: Noriko Ambe, Maria Anasazi, Doug Beube, Caryl Burtner, Long-Bin Chen, Byron Clercx, Brent Crothers, Brian Dettmer, Jessica Drenk, Shiela Hale, Lisa Hill, Jeffrey Kent, John Kirchner, Lisa Kokin, Carole P. Kunstadt, Guy Laramée, Susan Lenz, Corwin Levi, So Yoon Lym, Scott McCarney, Pamela Paulsrud, Buzz Spector, Robert The, Maika’i Tubbs.

Lenders: Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas; JHB Gallery, NY; Frederieke Taylor Gallery; International Arts & Artists’ Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, Gift of John and June Hechinger; Scranton Public Library; P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York; Galerie Myrtis; Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, California.

Exhibition support is provided in part by a grant from Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. & Lackawanna Insurance Group, with additional assistance from Joseph & Lisa Curtin, Scranton Area Foundation & Stifel Nicolaus.


Gownley Family 1985 & 2007#EverhartSnaps: Community Art at the Everhart

February 5-June 6, 2016 in Gallery ONE

A presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over a century, the Everhart Museum has featured in many photos and snapshots by community members throughout the years. For the Everhart Museum’s Winter/Spring 2016 exhibit in Gallery ONE, #EverhartSnaps: Community Art at the Everhart, area residents are invited to share their current and past photo snapshots of family and friends featuring the Everhart Museum building. 

 


Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales

July 15 – December 31, 2016 in the Maslow Galleries

Fairy tales of wonder and magic abound in cultures throughout history and around the world. These stories intertwine identifiable elements—including quests, objects, heroes/heroines, and creatures—into narratives that are rich with symbolism and meaning. Fairy tales are not meant only as entertainment for young children; for millennia they were used to teach spiritual and social lessons to people of all ages. Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales weaves the Everhart Museum’s collection of natural science and historical artifacts together with contemporary art to illustrate how fairy and folk tales are archetypal stories that allow for ongoing inspiration and interpretation in popular culture.

Fairy tales began as stories told through oral tradition thousands of years ago, emanating from all social classes, to communicate and share wisdom to enable people to survive and overcome a dangerous and challenging world. Fairy tales (and folk tales) are found in cultures all over the world, with recognizable elements of challenges, hardships, helpers, and heroes and heroines; these motifs are tied to myths and ancient belief systems. These stories have withstood the test of time because they embody collective truths about how to transcend the human experience and work through inner conflict. Artists and writers continue to interpret and reinterpret fairy tales. They also rework the stories to instill new meanings, often from the perspective of other characters found in these iconic narratives. With their ancient lineage, fairy tales continue to inspire human audiences as symbolic stories with meaningful interpretations of how to navigate the difficulties one finds in the world. Each age and generation imbues their contemporary mindset on the formats of these stories, inventing and reinventing the narratives to make an impact on society, culture, and history.

Lenders: George & Co. Diamond Jewelers, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Kim Foster Gallery, Lackawanna Historical Society, Betty and Bob Smith, Steamtown Blueprint & Copy Center, Susquehanna County Historical Society, Wayne County Historical Society, Private Collection

Artists: Jennifer Avery, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Yudi Chen, Anne Connell, Keith Garcia, Jodi Harvey, Paul Hazelton, Dan Hernandez, Kelly Jelinek/Little Stag Studio, Jessica Joslin, Andy Kehoe, Jessica Lagunas, Corwin Levi, Caitlin McCormack, Jana Nieves/Bel Bête, Juan Oficio, Jessica Palmer, Rachel Perry, Lucho Pozo, Constance Slaughter, Debra Smith, James Swainbank, Mara Trachtenberg, Kitty Wales, Stephanie Williams


Community Art at the Everhart: Fairy Tale Remix

July 15 – December 31, 2016 in Gallery ONE

Complementing the Everhart Museum’s Summer/Fall fairy tale exhibit, Fairy Tale Remix: Community Art at the Everhart showcases area residents who created artworks inspired by their own new and unique modern fairy tale. These artists used the key components found in the fairy tale genre, such as a hero/heroine, magical animal(s), magical object(s), villain, fairy or monster, fool, witch or wise man. 

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