The art galleries of Allegheny College will present two installations from Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, March 3: “INFLUX,” by Joe Meiser, and “Likewise, as technical experts, but not (at all) by way of culture,” by Leigh-Ann Pahapill. A reception will be held in the galleries from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 22. The exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.
“INFLUX” investigates the conflicting narratives about mortality offered by science, philosophy and religion and also looks at how contemporary technologies have changed the ways we think about death, even though the problem of mortality is fundamentally the same today as it was for the first humans 200,000 years ago.
The sculptural objects on view in “Likewise” are replicas of the props used in Bertolt Brecht’s theatrical productions – products or reproductions of photographic documents that the artist found at the Bertolt Brecht Archive in Berlin. Pahapill gives us real objects that open up a space for multiple possibilities for the production of meaning, from the role of memory to that of perception.
“Likewise” is curated by Jonathan Walz, curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
“INFLUX” is part of the Year of Transforming Education at Allegheny College, an exploration of the inequalities inherent in American education, the future of the U.S. public education system and the value of liberal arts education.
Presentation of the exhibitions is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Arts Council of Erie.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Visitors are asked to call ahead to verify hours, since programs are subject to change. All events at the galleries are free and open to the public.
The Art Galleries, which are wheelchair accessible, are located in Doane Hall of Art, east of North Main Street between College and John Streets in Meadville.
For more information, phone 814-332-4365 or visit www.allegheny.edu/artgalleries.