"Aerial Perspectives: Paintings by Burt Hasen," opens Monday, Sept. 9, and "War and Peace: Russia in the Age of the Napoleonic Invasion," a collection of artifacts by Franklin Sciacca, opens Saturday, Sept. 14. Both exhibits will be on display through Oct. 27, and are free and open to the general public. A reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4
to 6 p.m.
Aerial Perspectives showcases New York-based artist Burt Hasen's large enigmatic painting style with abstract aerial views of the earth as seen from an airplane. Ruins of roads and buildings and other terrestrial features, viewed from a great height, become a web of interrelated shapes or events within an interior landscape, as Hasen explores a realm beyond actual appearances.
Born in 1921, Hasen served in the Army Air Corps in World War II on a ground crew that maintained bombers. The exhibit, with paintings dating from 1988 to the present, displays his dynamic vision, with mysterious convulsions and collisions and the destructive and creative events of his fantastically mapped inner world.
War and Peace: Russia in the Age of the Napoleonic Invasion is a smaller exhibit, arranged by Franklin Sciacca, director of Russian studies at Hamilton College. Sciacca assembled the collection in conjunction with a course on the Tolstoy novel. His display brings together over 50 artifacts relating to Russian culture of the early 19th century, organized around five themes: Russian peasantry, Russian Orthodox Church, Russian aristocracy, Napoleon and the War, and allegorical images.
The Emerson Gallery is located on the first floor of Christian A. Johnson Hall, directly behind the Hamilton College Chapel. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is closed national holidays. For more information, contact the Emerson Gallery at 315 859-4396.