New Exhibitions at GundGAMBIER, Ohio (August 22, 2012)
The Graham Gund Gallery celebrates the simultaneous opening of three exhibitions that address social issues on August 31 at 5:00 p.m.
The exhibitions variously examine the challenges of democracy, eating disorders, and consumer culture seen through cigarette advertising. Each exhibition provides opportunities for public programs and collaborative learning.
"Left, Right and Center: Contemporary Art and the Challenges of Democracy" explores the negotiations of the democratic process in the United States through the work of diverse modern and contemporary artists, including Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Dominic McGill, Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger, Martha Rosler, Claire Beckett, Daniel Heyman, Connie Samaras, Mary Kelly, Shepard Fairey, Luke Dubois, among others. A film series and public programs, including visiting artist talks, will support this feature exhibition. In collaboration with the Kenyon Center for the Study of American Democracy, viewing parties will take place during national debates, culminating in an election-night event.
"THIN" confronts the pervasiveness of eating disorders by examining the lives of women at the Renfrew Center, which has treatment centers around the country. Comprised of large-scale color photographs by Lauren Greenfield, "THIN" enables visitors to contemplate body image and health. The exhibition complements Greenfield's award-winning HBO documentary THIN, which the gallery will screen during the exhibition. A series of programs on body image, women's health, popular culture and related topics will be scheduled throughout the fall semester.
"You've come a long way, baby!" includes more than 200 print advertisements for tobacco products from the early 1900s through the 1980s and investigates how the representation of women and cigarettes registered important shifts in concepts of health, gender, sexuality and consumer culture. Films and guest lectures will accompany this exhibition.
The exhibitions conclude on January 6, 2013. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to visit. Regular hours at the gallery, 101½ College Dr., are 1:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursdays; and 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more, visit www.gundgallery.org.