New Art Exhibitions to Open at Hamilton

Two new art exhibitions, "Josiah Wedgwood:Experimental Potter" and "Art and Healing: Selections from the GrokoestCollection," will open at the Emerson Gallery on Monday, Jan. 15. Theexhibitions are free and open to the general public.

"Josiah Wedgwood: Experimental Potter," which will be on view at theEmerson Gallery from Jan. 15 to Feb. 26, is a collection of approximately 60examples of the wares produced from the 18th to the 20th century by the famousEnglish potter, Josiah Wedgwood.

Wedgwood radically changed the pottery industry in England during the 18thcentury. His pursuit of technical perfection resulted in the development ofvarious types of ware that imitated other materials, methods and styles. Forexample, Wedgwood's development of the well-known jasper ware is consideredthe most significant technical invention in pottery in over a thousand years.

Featured in this exhibit are various significant pieces which highlightWedgwood's remarkable techniques, along with important examples of many of thetypes of ware he produced. This sampling is part of a collection of over 200pieces assembled by Dr. Louise Lowe, who generously donated the collection in1974 to The Art Museum of SUNY Binghamton in memory of her husband, Dr.Ellsworth Lowe. The exhibition will travel to 12 American museums over thenext three years with the assistance of Smith Kramer, Inc., a fine artsservices company located in Kansas City, Mo.

"Art and Healing: Selections from the Grokoest Collection," which willbe on view Jan. 15 to April 7, is an exhibit of works by Rothko, Schiele,Maurer and other modern masters from the collection of the late Dr. AlbertGrokoest (Hamilton Class of 1940).

Grokoest, a distinguished rheumatologist at the Columbia University CollegeofPhysicians and Surgeons, had a deep belief in the connection between apatient's mind and body. As he matured as a doctor and as a lover of the arts,Grokoest discovered the work of certain fine artists that offered a clearpicture of phenomena he observed, but could verbalize.

At a charity art auction in 1959, Grokoest discovered a portrait by EgonSchiele that depicted the helpless, hopeless isolated state of a diseasedperson. The portrait became the first in his collection of works thatreflected his ideas about holistic medicine.

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