CLINTON — Hamilton College’s Wellin Museum of Art will present Theaters of Fiction, works that address the theater and opera’s historic associations with power, privilege and wealth, and other works that represent sites of more democratic and popular entertainment, such as cinemas.
The exhibition opens on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a reception from 4-6 p.m., and closes on June 9. The reception and exhibit are free.
The exhibition includes more than 20 works created in the last two decades – including paintings, photography, and installations — by seven international contemporary artists.
The artworks focus on the space of the theater — particularly its architecture and physical trapping. In doing so, they highlight the role that environment and surroundings play in shaping the experience of theatrical production.
The artists call attention to the fact that the spaces in which fiction is staged are never neutral or objective.
All with divergent practices, the artists explore themes of illusion, power, escapism, and artificiality. They include: Rhona Bitner (American), Ceal Floyer (British), Candida Höfer (German), Lisa Kereszi (American), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinian), Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese), and Carrie Mae Weems (American).
All of the works engage in a dialogue around image creation, art production and the audience/viewer, in a highly self-reflexive manner.
Katherine Alcauskas, the Wellin’s collections curator and exhibitions manager, curated the exhibition.
“Rather than depicting actors or audience members, these artists look outside the performance itself to the space in which it unfolds,” she explained.
As part of the interactive and exploratory WellinWorks series, an experimental, pop-up theater space will accompany the exhibition and will host courses, a range of activities and exhibition-related programming between Feb. 16 and April 14.
Wellin Museum of Art Visitor Information
Wellin Museum of Art hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located on the Hamilton College campus at College Hill and Griffin roads. Parking and admission are free.
For more information, contact the Wellin Museum of Art at 315-859-4396 or visit the website at www.hamilton.edu/wellin.