Sep Kamvar: Boundaries
September 8 - December 5
Opening Reception: Monday, September 8, 4-5:30 p.m.
During the Renaissance, artists and writers broke away from the medieval era and explored the expression of the human soul as an individual: its passions, its social disposition, and what it means to live within social constructs.
Boundaries explores these age-old themes in the context of the communal soul - the soul of societies, collectives, cults, and nations. In today’s hyperconnected world, Boundaries asks what it means to be an individual and to be human.
Sep Kamvar focuses on the web’s opportunities as an information source for humanity, and as an accessible, dynamic, and interactive medium, by collecting and remixing material from the hearts of visitors to the exhibition and on-line.
Works shown in this exhibit exist simultaneously inside the Gallery and on the web, thus blurring the boundaries between imagination and reality, self and other, observer and observed, art and technology, museum and community, artist and subject, artist and viewer. Each aspect of the exhibition - drawings, touchscreen computers, flower bulbs - is interactive.
Sep Kamvar is the LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he heads the Social Computing Group. His artwork has been shown around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
"Selfies & Usies: Interpersonal Communication in the Age of Social Media"
Dr. Jimmy Roux, Associate Professor, Chair of Communication Studies
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
"Prosthetic Selves: Spatial Metaphors, Digital Media, and the Evolution of Identity"
Dr. Chip Walton, Associate Professor of Sociology, Assistant Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences
August 1914: Postcards from the Front
August 21 - December 8
World War I engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1919, pitting Germany and its allies against France, Great Britain, and in 1917, the United States. Fought mainly in trenches and in charges through No Man’s Land, the war quickly became one of attrition averaging 6,500 deaths each day. One of the bloodiest wars in human history, it resulted in the loss of a generation with an estimated 10 million military deaths and another 20 million wounded. While it was hoped World War I would be "the war to end all wars," in actuality, the concluding Treaty of Versailles set the stage for World War II.
Offered in commemoration of the Centennial anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War, this exhibition original World War I-era postcards show scenes from the Western Front of France, Belgium, and Germany, including trench warfare, battlefields, destruction, doughboys, and life in camp.
Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
"World War I: The War to End All Wars"
Dr. Clifton Potter, Professor of History
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
"Propaganda Postcards from World War I"
Dr. William MacIntosh, US Army (Retired)
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
"Literature of the Great War: All Quiet on the Western Front"
Dr. David Lipani, Professor of English
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m.
Annual Directors Lecture and Reception
"Art Goes to War: The Tragedies of Franz Marc and August Macke"
Dr. Barbara Rothermel, Director of the Daura Gallery
Pierre Daura: Landscapes of Virginia
August 21 - December 8
Twenty-four selected works executed during the period between 1940-1970 demonstrate Daura’s deep involvement with the rural scene in all its aspects - such simple tasks as burning brush and plowing; houses, outbuildings and livestock of neighboring farms; moods of the changing seasons; and the landscape itself - country roads, woodlands and the majestic presence of Jump and House mountains. These motifs he painted over and over in works that speak of a land of comfortable rusticity and an artist's commemoration of the bounty of nature.
Pierre Daura saw his landscape paintings as an important contribution to help people discover the beauty of their land. . . to inspire men with a love for their native soil.