Ever contemplate a future where domestic bookcases, communal libraries, commercial bookstores, and hand-me-down schoolbooks 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 personal 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.
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.
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. With this type of project, the Everhart nurtures creativity and showcases artistic excellence in the community. DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY. PDFs for rules and entry forms.
Fairy tales of wonder and magic abound in cultures throughout history and around the world. These stories weave identifiable elements, including special tests, objects, heroes and heroines, terrifying places, and magical creatures that are rich with symbolism and meaning to be used for unique social lessons for children of any age. This multi-disciplinary exhibit will highlight the Museum’s collection together with contemporary art to illustrate how fairy and folk tales are archetypal stories that allow for ongoing inspiration and interpretation in popular culture.
Exhibition support is provided in part by PNC Bank.
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