The 1912 Gallery
Museums and Other Viewing Machines
Work by Jeffrey Abt
Work by Jeffrey Abt
Museums and Other Viewing Machines focus of Artalk at E&H
Jeffrey Abt, a professor in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History of Wayne State University, will be presented by the Emory & Henry College Arts Series in an Artalk at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in the Board of Visitors Lounge in Van Dyke Center.
Abt’s presentation is held in conjunction with his exhibition, Museums and Other Viewing Machines, on display in the 1912 Gallery in the Emory Train Station from March 31 to May 1. The Artalk is free of admission and open to the public.
Abt is a visual artist, a professor with extensive scholarly interests, and a writer who works in a variety of media from painting and drawing to sculptural installations. His work focuses on museum history and criticism.
His exhibit explores museums as micro-cultures with a particular interest in the ways that museums resist viewers, museums as machines for study and reflection, and museums as sites of transience. A couple of works are self-contained mini galleries that are designed to receive viewer comments. They possess their own travel records and reveal their means of conveyance.
“My work focuses on the visual culture of museums with a particular emphasis on museums as machines for study and reflection and museums as sites of transience evident in the presentation of traveling exhibitions. I explore these topics through three interrelated bodies of work,” explained Abt.
“I hope when these series are viewed in proximity with each other that they encourage viewers to reflect on the nature of the places where they see works of art, both in terms of their architectural appearance and as sites of transience where objects come and go.”
The 1912 Gallery serves the educational purposes of Emory and Henry College and region through an on-going program of rotating visual arts exhibits. The Gallery exhibits a wide array of quality art media and philosophies with the primary intent of introducing exhibitions not normally seen in our region. As part of the academic program of Emory & Henry College, the gallery presents and interprets fine and decorative arts, providing knowledge, ideas and a resource for learning, research, and life critical to a liberal arts education for the College’s students, faculty and staff, as well as to the region's communities and visitors. The Gallery offers educational programs, including lectures, seminars, demonstrations, traditional and electronic publications, and innovative outreach activities, providing a valuable study center to educate, inspire, and increase understanding of art. The Gallery staff and Arts Exhibition and Collections Committee (AECC) develops, preserves, researches and exhibits the permanent collection of art, which represents an emphasis on contemporary art.
The 1912 Gallery in the E&H Train Depot is the E&H’s current exhibition space. All exhibition and collection operations will be relocated to the McGlothin Center for the Arts in 2015. The name for the new gallery is pending. All exhibits and Artalks are free and open to the public.
The Permanent Collection at Emory & Henry consists of donated works by artists that include such locally, nationally or internationally known names as:
Paul Vincent Warrington Colescott
Italo Scanga Tom Nagashima
Laura Moriarty Ben Owen
Frank Kleinholtz Richard Bay
Fred Carter Maureen Sullivan
Lauren Sumelle S. Greenbaum
Andrew Wyatt P. Buckley Moss
Nancy Garretson Claude W. Dean
Jack Beal Dorothy Gillespie
Kathy Gibian Dennis Winscott
Elizabeth Korn Janese Trivette
R. Alexander James McCarrell
Most of the Permanent Collection is displayed around the college campus and can be found in places like: Van Dyke Center, Kelly Library, and J. Stewart French House. A series of prints by Frank Kleinholz, as well as, a collection of Ben Owens Senior and Ben Owens III pottery can be found in in Van Dyke. The Byars Fine Arts building houses a collection of works by former Emory & Henry College art department chair, Professor George Chavatel.
Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Beal, Virginia Scotchie, Cora Cohen, Richard Jolley, Tom Nakashima, Jennifer Pepper, Anne Austin Pearce, Cort Savage, Barbara Tisserat, James McGarrell, Willie Anne Wright, Jake Berthot, Harvey Littleton, Janet Fish, Dale Chihuly, and Sally Mann.
The Emory Train Depot was built in 1912 and served as a train station for travelers, including Emory & Henry students, traveling to and from Emory, Va.
The 1912 Gallery accepts proposals all year round. All proposals will go before the Arts Exhibition and Collections Committee for approval. Approved artists will give a hour long Artalk about their work, process, and inspirations in conjunction with the exhibit. As well as an in-class demonstration with students, showing their creative processes. To apply please send the following to
The 1912 Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Contact Lindsey Kincaid to make an appointment, or just drop on in!
31036 Oxford Ave., Emory, Virginia 24327 (map)
Seating is limited at certain events, therefore advanced reservations. Tickets are currently available at the 1912 Gallery—located in the train depot. Tickets for Emory & Henry students, faculty and staff are free of charge, however, tickets are expected for seat reservations for all attendees. Reservation fee for the public is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Adults 55 years and older, and students from other institutions, may reserve tickets for $8 each. Contact 276-944-6333 or for more information or to reserve tickets.