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Emily Dittman

Graduate museum studies students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' School of Design have curated a new exhibition at the Syracuse University Art Galleries. “CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict" investigates how visual artists have captured, reacted to and explained physical acts of conflict, issues of identity, and art’s evolving conceptual methodologies.

The exhibition will be on view April 5 through May 13 in the Shaffer Art Building at Syracuse University. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Thursdays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The SUArt Galleries will host a gallery reception from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Patrons are welcome to view the exhibition until the gallery closes at 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Installed in the Study Gallery, “CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict” investigates how visual artists have captured, reacted to and explained physical acts of conflict, issues of identity, and the evolving conceptual methodologies in art. Physical conflict is explored through subtopics including technological advancements in warfare and the loss of humanity, represented by works as diverse as 17th-century etchings to contemporary sculpture.

Conflicts of identity grapple with the internal and psychological conflict of self and sexuality, the ongoing evolution on the notions of gender, and the revealing effects of cultural appropriation. Additionally, the ever-evolving genres of art, and the sometimes competing ideas found in these stylistic shifts, are signified by the pioneering artists that symbolize these movements.

Drawing from the diverse collections on campus, “CRISIS” includes over 30 examples of prints, photographs, archival materials, paintings, and multi-dimensional objects from Light Work, the Syracuse University Art Galleries and the Special Collections Research Center.

Curated by graduate students enrolled in Fine Arts Curatorship, taught by Andrew Saluti, assistant professor of museum studies, School of Design, this project is generously supported by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Syracuse University Humanities Center, and the graduate program in museum studies, School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

RELATED PROGRAMS

  • Gallery Reception
    Thursday, April 12, 5 – 7 p.m.
     
  • Lunchtime Lecture: "CRISIS: A Visual Exploration of Conflict"
    Wednesday, April 25, 12:15 p.m.
    Join Professor Andrew Saluti and select student curators for a gallery tour.