Museums and Other Viewing Machines focus of Artalk at E&H
Artalk - Board of Visitors Lounge in Van Dyke
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.”
For information contact the 1912 Gallery at (276) 944-6333 or email . Please visit ehc.edu/art-center to sign up the E&H arts mailings.