Emerson Gallery

History of Exhibitions


April 19 - May 22, 1999
  • Senior Projects '99
    An exhibition of works by Hamilton College seniors graduating with a concentration in Fine Arts.

March 4 - April 7, 1999
  • Recent Acquisitions
    A selection of works acquired by the Emerson Gallery since 1995 including paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by artists ranging from James McNeill Whistler and Arthur B. Davies to Jasper Johns and Kiki Smith. Most of the works have come to the collection as gifts from friends of Hamilton College, many of whom are alumni/ae, and this exhibition serves to celebrate both their generosity and the important educational resource that the Emerson Gallery's growing collections constitute for the College and for the surrounding region.

    Outstanding among recent acquisitions is Whistler's The Doorway (1879-80), an etching donated to the Emerson Gallery by the Committee on the Visual Arts. Individual members of the Committee have been responsible for many other important gifts included in this exhibition. Since 1995, Sanford Ratzen, Class of 1961, has contributed several wonderful prints by Jasper Johns, including Ale Cans (1975) and the large-format The Seasons (1990). James Taylor Dunn, Class of 1936, has given paintings by Hans Moller, Adolf Dehn, and Amedee Ozenfant. Watercolors by Dorothy Shakespear have been donated by her son, Omar Pound, Class of 1951. Other works of particular interest include several drawings and watercolors dating from the mid-nineteenth century depicting the West Indies, gifts of Walter Beinecke, Reginald Marsh's watercolor, Scrapyard (1933), a bequest from Harry Yates, Class of 1925, and Burt Hasen's painting, Magnetized Window in Space (1988), a gift of the Richard Florsheim Art Fund.

January 18 - February 21, 1999
  • Making It Real
    Making It Real is a thematic exhibition of photographic works by thirty contemporary artists, including Tina Barney, David Levinthal, Cindy Sherman and Sandy Skoglund, who explore and challenge commonly-held assumptions about photography's relation to truth by manufacturing realities for the camera. In the wake of recent technical developments in the field of image manipulation, we are increasingly compelled to question the truthfulness of photographic images. These artists make simulated reality their subject (either fabricating or appropriating fabricated subjects) and then deliberately expose their set-ups, producing photographs that are both deceptive and precise descriptions of reality. Thrusting photography's vaunted documentary powers into the realm of fiction, they raise important questions about how we understand reality at the end of the twentieth century.

November 2 - December 14, 1998
  • Terry Adkins: Later Coltrane
    Terry Adkins, a Brooklyn-based artist who is both a sculptor and a jazz musician, creates his sculptures from found objects that range from old industrial parts to pieces of musical instruments. As he works with his materials, altering, combining, and recombining them, new forms take shape and new meanings is revealed through a process the artist calls "potential disclosure". Adkins' sculpture reflects the artist's broad interests in African American culture and history, as well as in everything from cosmology to mathematics to Eastern religious traditions, and the artist often conceives his exhibitions as integrated ensembles of works addressing a single theme.

    Adkins has created the work in Later Coltrane as an homage to the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926 - 1967), whose intense and complex late music was inspired by the profound spiritual awakening he experienced in 1957. Many-layered themes of music, family, spirituality, science and history run through the works in this exhibition, along with more specific references to Coltrane's life and music. Most importantly, many of these works reveal Adkins exploring ideas of music, sound, and breath as vehicles for transcending the physical world and reaching beyond it to touch and express some larger reality. Although they are silent, the works in Later Coltrane resonate with the power of sonic vibrations past and future, or just beyond our hearing.

August 31 - October 18, 1998
  • Artist/Author: Contemporary Artists' Books
    Organized by The American Federation of Arts. Once the exclusive province of writers and designers, the book format has become, at the end of the twentieth century, a significant medium for the artistic expression of many artists. While some artists make books as unique handmade sculptural or craft objects, many others embrace the tools of mainstream publishing, creating artists' books in multiple using the materials and reproductive technologies of commercial publishing. Artist/Author explores this approach to artists' books as it offers a rich mix of work by many of the major artists of our time.