Three new exhibitions open on the Plymouth State University campus in September and run through the first week of October. Opening receptions for the shows are 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 13 at the respective venues.
Asian Games: The Art of Contest opens at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at the Draper & Maynard Building on north Main Street September 5 and runs through October 6. The exhibition addresses important themes in Asian culture while illuminating new and unfamiliar aspects of our own.
Gallery Director Catherine Amidon says, “Throughout history, games have been played by kings and commoners, men and women, young and old. Using the paraphernalia of games and depictions of game playing in paintings, prints and decorative arts, Asian Games: The Art of Contest highlights the prominence of Asia as the source of many familiar games, such as chess, backgammon and Parcheesi, and shows their transmission to the West.”
Events associated with the exhibition include:
September 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Asian games and events. Hartman Union Building Alumni Green and at the Drerup Gallery as part of Homecoming and Family Week.
October 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. “Asian Games in Context,” a talk by Dr. Richard Hunnewell, professor of art history, at Karl Drerup Art Gallery.
Asian Games: The Art of Contest is made possible through a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities; brought to you by Exhibits USA; and organized by the Asia Society, New York, N.Y.
At the Silver Center, visitors may explore the 2006 Faculty Exhibition which invites viewers into the private realm of the teacher as artist from September 13 – October 6. This annual exhibition showcases faculty as working, productive and successful artists. For art students, the
experience opens a dialogue on many levels between themselves and their teachers, as they watch the faculty explore similar ideas and concepts and experience similar problems concerning creative expression that the students experience throughout their academic career.
Art Department Chair Cynthia Vascek says, “Our annual Faculty Exhibition provides a vital critical and creative conversation between the Art Department faculty and both the on-campus and off-campus communities. The exhibition celebrates and honors our faculty as active artists and cultural agents while inviting an ongoing dialogue with these artists, their works of art and each viewer.”
Gallery Event: September 25 at 4 p.m. Faculty Talk at the Silver Center.
Lamson Library will host Japanese Manga: A Glimpse of the Classics September 5 – October 6, curated by David A. Beronä, library director. Japanese Manga is similar to the American comic book, though far more popular in its native country. Manga is a respected art form and recognized as a distinct part of popular Japanese culture. Pages from selected titles will be enlarged to display Manga’s distinguishing style.
Beronä says, “The popularity of Manga today is due to our booming visual culture. But unlike most visual media, Manga, and comics in general, require active participation by readers. It shakes up the static print literature, with its humdrum display of horizontal fonts, and combines a dynamic display of text with highly inventive images. Manga shares with today’s finest graphic novels the capacity to create page-turning, imaginative stories that touch our lives and, in some cases, opens the door to self-discovery.”
Gallery Event: September 20 at noon, Gallery Talk by David Beronä at the Library.
Information on all three exhibitions is available at the gallery, (603) 535-2614, as is a calendar of exhibitions for the year. Please note that construction in Plymouth and on campus can make the entrance to the Drerup Gallery hard to find at times. At press time, the east entrance directly on North Main Street provides the easiest access. We welcome your patronage and apologize for the inconvenience.