Wilkes University

Exhibitions and Events

"Brutal Beauty: The Transformation of Women in Mythology" Exhibit, February 9 to April 11, 2021

Upcoming 2021 Schedule

Featured Exhibit

"Brutal Beauty: The Transformation of Women through Mythology"

Works by: Martha Posner
Curated by: Heather Sincavage, MFA
Feb. 9 - April 11

Martha Posner is a mixed media artist living and working in Martins Creek, PA. Her work derives from fairy tale and folklore narratives. The exhibition, "Brutal Beauty," is a mid-career retrospective of works that investigate the transformation of women in these well-known tales.

Events

Feature Artist Lecture with Martha Posner

Feb. 10 | 6 p.m. on Zoom

Brutal Beauty is a mid career retrospective of the artist, Martha Posner. The artist will cover her studio practice, influences, and the importance of mythology to the narratives she creates. Her work is in service to a better understanding of the trauma women experience, providing perspective to those unable to speak on their own.

Posner is a sculptor living on a farm in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania. She takes much of her inspiration from the 250 acres of surrounding forest, fairy tales and mythology, and her many barnyard creatures. She is a Mary H. Dana Fellow, and an Experimental Printmaking Workshop Fellow. Some of her collectors and exhibitions include: The Allentown Art Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Museum of Art, Lehigh University, The George Gund Foundation and The Spoletto Festival. Publications and reviews of her work can be found in The New York Times, Surface Design, Art Forum, ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine. She is represented by Accola Griefen in New York City.

"Art in Your Hands" Free Workshop: Valentine Papercrafting

Feb. 13 | 2 p.m. on Zoom
With Karley Stasko, SAG Outreach Coordinator

Valentine’s day is approaching fast. What better way to say “I love you” than giving them your heart? Literally. Join us on Zoom to craft anatomical Valentine’s Day cards. Learn elements of collage and papercrafting while exploring the brutal beauty of love. Each kit includes materials to create a 5”x8” multimedia greeting card/envelope.

"Art in Your Hands" is a free all ages virtual event. Kits may be picked up at the Gallery Front Desk during all operating hours. RSVP is required. One kit per person. Please contact karley.stasko@wilkes.edu to RSVP or for more information.

"From Silence to a Scream: The Visual Representation of Women’s Trauma"

An "Art in Context Lecture
March 10 | 6 p.m. on Zoom
With Heather Sincavage, MFA, Exhibition Curator

As a rule, visual art movements mirror societal attitudes, whether it be the anxiety of war,economic strife, or civil unrest. Even as artists push new ideas to the forefront, they cannot help but reflect the times. For centuries, women were subjects to be depicted, seldom the ones to speak and be heard. Because of this, gender roles depicted in artwork were images a woman should model oneself after, and the creators of such images were almost exclusively men.

Curator of Brutal Beauty and Director of the Sordoni Gallery, Heather Sincavage will discuss how art history normalized violence against women. Tracing images through hundreds of years, society informed how we viewed and understood gender. Over time, women artists have challenged, at their own expense, the silence society conditioned for their behavior. Artistic practice provides a structure to process trauma but not a cure for disease caused by it. Now in the era of #MeToo, women artists lead, using their practice, toward accountability, hoping to eradicate violence altogether.

"Art in Context" Discussion

Featuring Martha Posner, artist, & Amy Arbus, photographer on their collaboration
March 24 | 6 p.m. on Zoom

Martha Posner and Amy Arbus’ photo and mixed media collaboration keeps the #MeToo dialogue going. The two artists will discuss an installation of Amy's photographs of women wearing Martha's handwritten garments. Inspired by women everywhere, the project pairs art and the female experience, bringing awareness to stories that need to be seen and heard.

Amy Arbus is a native New Yorker known for her style feature, On The Street, which ran in The Village Voice from 1980-1990. Her photographs have been published in her five books and in hundreds of periodicals such as New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Aperture and The New York Times Magazine. Her photographs are in the collections of The National Theater in Norway, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Art in Your Hands" Free Workshop: Bring Brutal Beauty into your Home

April 6 | 11 a.m. on Zoom
With Karley Stasko, SAG Outreach Coordinator

Create your own macrame plant holder for a potted succulent.

In nature, succulents thrive in some of the harshest environments, guarding themselves with waxy, hairy or spiny leaves. Bring their brutal beauty home and learn the ancient art of macrame! Macrame has a long history in the textile arts with its foundations going back to the Babylonian empire. Each kit includes materials to create a 15” hanging planter as well as a baby succulent.

Art in Your Hands is a free all ages virtual event. Kits may be picked up at the Gallery Front Desk during all operating hours. RSVP is required. One kit per person. Please contact karley.stasko@wilkes.edu to RSVP or for more information.


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