Purdue Galleries begins new season of exhibits with changes

August 21, 2012  

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An image compilation from the 2011-12 season includes productions of "The Miracle Worker," "Iphigenia and Other Daughters," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" and "Blithe Spirit." (Purdue Theatre photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Galleries opens its 2012-2013 season on Monday (Aug. 27) with an installation of stage designs from Purdue Theatre and changes to its gallery locations. 

The name of the Robert L. Ringel Gallery (until recently in Purdue Memorial Union) has been relocated to the gallery in Stewart Center. And in spring 2013, a new exhibit space will open in downtown Lafayette. The new as-yet-named gallery will be housed on the Courthouse Square in the historic Perrin Building on Main Street. 

"The Miracle Worker, Iphigenia: Beauty Queen and Blithe Spirit" will be presented from Aug. 27 through Oct. 7 in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.

Highlighting the skilled design work and craftsmanship that goes into a theater production, this exhibit presents a year's worth of Purdue Theatre in a unique setting that brings elements from the stage to a more personal scale. A gallery-size art installation will be composed of elements from the 2011-12 season productions of "The Miracle Worker," "Iphigenia and Other Daughters," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," and "Blithe Spirit." The installation is being designed and assembled by Russ Jones, associate professor of theater, scenic design and Department of Theatre staff.

Purdue Galleries director Craig Martin says the installation allows a second look at set designs that might normally be lost after the productions closed.

"It's a great review of the work of our talented friends in Purdue Theatre," he said. "So many of their efforts exist only for the brief runs of the shows for which they are created, so it's a rare treat to revisit them and really examine what goes into setting the scene on the stage at the Hansen Theatre."

Other events and exhibits include:

* Aug. 30. 5:30-7 p.m. Galleries will host an opening reception for the exhibition in the Ringel Gallery. Purdue Theatre staff will present comments on the installation.

* Sept. 26. Purdue Galleries' annual Art Teacher Professional Day. Art teachers in K-12 programs are invited for a daylong session discussing upcoming art exhibits and events and networking among themselves. Included this year will be presentations on the potential for Galleries' involvement in on-site class presentations, art projects presented by Purdue Theatre staff, and a tour of both Galleries and Purdue Theatre facilities in Pao Hall. Continental breakfast and parking passes will be provided for all participants.

* Oct. 22 through Dec. 2. "The Graphic Eye: Contemporary Prints from the Collection of Jack and Elaine Pearlman." Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center. The Pearlmans' unique collection of contemporary images by major printmaking artists, assembled primarily through Tamarind Lithography Workshop Inc. at the University of New Mexico. The exhibit will include a number of donations and promised gifts to the Purdue Galleries permanent collection.

* Jan. 7 through Feb. 17. "Trains that Passed in the Night: The Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link." Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center. Black-and-white photographs from the 1950s depicting the end of the steam railroading era in the United States. O. Winston Link's evocative nocturnal images are at once highly staged technical feats, nostalgic representations of a disappearing way of life, and beautifully strange works of art produced during the era of film noir.

* March 4 through April 21. "On Six Legs: 100 Years of Art & Science." Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center. To recognize the 100th year of the Department of Entomology at Purdue, this exhibit will feature artworks amassed in the department, such as photography, works from the annual Bug Bowl art competition, insect illustrations, cartoon art and period posters from the department collection.

The Galleries new 2012-2013 exhibit schedule is available for download at http://www.cla.purdue.edu/galleries

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Craig Martin at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit http:/www.purdue.edu/galleries

Contact: Craig Martin, 765-494-3061, cdmartin@purdue.edu

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