February 26, 2014
Purdue Galleries presents 'The Lilliputians March' and 'Honky Tonk' photographs
Lilliputians March - Chris Sedgwick (Weaverville, NC), "Seer," oil & gold leaf on birch. (Photo provided by Purdue University Galleries)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Galleries will open two new exhibits in March, one a collection of contemporary small works and the other a series of photographs documenting the changing world of country music.
"The Lilliputians March" will be presented from March 10 through April 26 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center on campus.
"The Lilliputians March" updates the tradition of Sixty Square Inches, a Purdue Galleries offering for more than 35 years.
"Purdue Galleries is committed to providing a showcase for the best of small-scale contemporary artworks in a wide variety of media, and the Purdue-Lafayette-West Lafayette community has come to look forward to these regular exhibits of 'little gems' from across the country," said Craig Martin, Purdue Galleries director.
The exhibit presents a current review of U.S. artists working within a format of 60 square inches in image area (height times width or the multiple of the two largest dimensions for 3D works).
Henry Horenstein, "Jukebox, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee," silver gelatin print, 1972 (Photo provided by Purdue University Galleries)
The juror, Mark Ruschman, from the Indiana State Museum, has chosen a diverse group of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces from across the country. These small-scale creations present the viewer with an intimate experience and invite close attention to the visual message.
"We are committed to the practice of acquiring new works from our exhibitions and building the collection of contemporary North American printmaking while helping to support the community of modern artists," Martin said. "Through the generous contributions of the Friends of the Galleries, and with the input of our visitors, we will be making additional acquisitions from this year's exhibit for the permanent collection."
The March schedule includes:
* March 13. 5:30-7 p.m. Purdue Galleries will host an opening reception for the "Lilliputians March" exhibition in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their votes for which works in the exhibit they feel should be purchased for the permanent collection.
* March 11-26. "Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music by Henry Horenstein" will be presented in the new Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette.
"Honky Tonk" is a collection of photographs taken between 1968 and 2010 that documents the changing world of country music and its fans. Shot in bars, music ranches and famous venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Horenstein not only shows the performers on stage, but also the dedication and love the fans have for the entertainers and the music. Horenstein's images document the changing world of country music both before and after it developed into the big business it is today, Martin said.
* March 21. 7-8 p.m. Purdue Galleries will host a reception for the exhibition in conjunction with Third Friday events in downtown Lafayette, featuring performer Jeris Eikenberry.
* April 1. 6-7 p.m. Kathryn Brownell, assistant professor of history, will discuss the beneficial relationship between country music and conservative politics in the 1970s and '80s. The presentation will take place in the Fountain Gallery.
* April 16. Two events will be presented to celebrate the exhibition and the artist. From 3:30-4:30 p.m., Horenstein will present a gallery talk in the gallery, and from 5:30-7 p.m., a reception will feature music by James Moon and the 3rd Floor Invention.
The Robert L. Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center on Purdue's main campus. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main Street, Lafayette, in the historic Perrin Building. The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For class and group visits, contact Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/galleriesContact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061, firstname.lastname@example.org