This Friday, January 27, is the opening of the Spring Exhibitions at the Hand Art Center. There are three different exhibitions on display:
Prints by Women: 46 prints in various mediums, including woodcuts, lithographs, dry points, etching, screen prints, and more. Each work is by a different American or European artist, ranging from the 19th to the 21st century. These works came out of a time of expanded opportunities for women under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, where women were granted a greater access to work in the fine arts.
Serious Animation and Ethical Criticism: by Digital Arts Assistant Professor Dengke Chen. By creating a world of hyperintelligent animals, Chen uses an animals point of view in his animations to discuss the topics of racism, anger, and animal abuse. Instead of linear storylines used commonly for entertaining animations, Chen seeks to engage viewers in critically reflect on social and ethical issues. His style proposes new insights and compels audiences to look at the ugliness in the world.
Oscar Bluemner: Becoming an Artist: This exhibition from Stetson’s Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection is the beginning of a year long celebration of the sesquicentennial of Oscar Bluemner’s birth. The display focuses on the period of 1900-1912, when Bluemner began learning painting while working as an architect. Works from this period show his rapid assimilation to modernistic art styles.