Emerson Gallery Presents Three Exhibitions

"Asleep on the Prairie" (1931) by William C. Palmer
The Emerson Gallery presents three exhibitions: “private(dis)play: Contemporary Artists’ Sketchbooks,” “Oliver Herring: Video Sketch” and “William Palmer: Drawing from Life” from August 24 through January 3. All three exhibits examine the working processes of artists via multiple media. William Palmer’s work may also be of particular interest to residents of the Mohawk Valley as he was the founding director of the Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art.

Although the shows open in August, they will be celebrated at a reception Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibitions and all associated events are free and open to the public.

“private(dis)play: Contemporary Artists’ Sketchbooks” serves as a portal into the featured artists’ practices and ideas. The private works displayed, whether intended as preparatory to other work or simple musing, represent innumerable schemes in drawing such as: concept sketches, preliminary and comprehensive studies, academic and life-drawings, tracings and cartoons, and renderings. Exhibit visitors gain a glimpse into the artists’ various approaches to making artwork. Featured artists include Jamie Adams, Bo Bartlett, Roland Becerra, Vincent Desiderio, Hamilton Associate Professor of Art Ella Gant, Julie Heffernan, Catherine Howe, John Jacobsmeyer, Kurt Kauper, Tom Knechtel and Katharine Kuharic, the Kevin Kennedy Associate Professor of Art. This exhibition was curated by Adams and Kuharic.

The artwork of New York-based artist Oliver Herring (b. 1964) explores many media, from sculpture and performance to photography and video. “Oliver Herring: Video Sketch” features a selection of his experimental videos that begin with the artist working alone in his studio and grow to involve other people and different locations. Using stop-motion techniques and everyday objects as props, Herring uses these videos to explore social interactions, human relationships and creative experimentation. This exhibition was organized by Emerson Consulting Director Ian Berry.

William Palmer (1906–87), in addition to being the founding director of Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art, was the first member of Hamilton’s studio art faculty. He studied at the Art Students League with Boardman Robinson, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Thomas Hart Benton, and at the École des Beaux-Arts, Fountainebleau, where he learned the art of fresco painting. Before coming to Clinton in 1941, Palmer achieved national recognition as a WPA/FAP muralist. “William Palmer:Drawing from Life” features Depression and WPA-era figure studies, landscapes, and mural studies from the William C. Palmer collection housed at the Emerson Gallery. This exhibition was organized by Emerson Consulting Director Ian Berry and Associate Director and Curator Susanna White.

Events related to these exhibitions and held at the Emerson Gallery include:

• Gallery conversation: Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 4:15 p.m. Artist Oliver Herring and curator Ian Berry will discuss performance and art.
• Reception: Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.
• Tour and conversation: Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon “private (dis)play” artists and curators Jamie Adams and Katharine Kuharic will discuss their work

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information on parking and wheelchair accessibility, contact the gallery at 315-859-4396 or at the gallery’s Web site, www.hamilton.edu/gallery.
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