WFU fine arts gallery to host two contemporary art exhibits

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will present two exhibitions Aug. 26-Oct. 2.

"Untitled" by Jerry Uelsmann

“Untitled” by Jerry Uelsmann

“Breaking Boundaries,” 50 works by former artists-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, will open in the downstairs gallery. The exhibit includes the work of visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, poets, choreographers, playwrights and directors.

The upstairs gallery will feature an installation of paintings by 1995 Wake Forest University art department alumnus William Crow. Crow, who lives in New York, has had his work shown at the Bronx Museum, the Goliath Gallery in Brooklyn, Hunter College and various other venues in New York.

"Untitled" by William Crow

“Untitled” by William Crow

“Breaking Boundaries” gives the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, providing material to analyze and explore the process, form and content of contemporary art. It opened at the Cornell Museum in January 2000 as a collection of both works-in-progress and completed works, celebrating the process of creating art and interdisciplinary collaboration. Included are two drafts of a manuscript page by Doris Grumbach, a musical score by Chinary Ung, a handwritten poem by James Dickey, a visual poem by Allen Ginsberg, and a spontaneous play revision on an envelope by Mac Wellman.

The work in Crow’s exhibit juxtaposes soft-edged painting with graphic elements and typographic marks from the title pages of books. By assembling fragments into wall installations, Crow creates a modular arrangement of imagery that addresses issues of classification, naming, and individual versus collective experience. His images are grouped into arrangements with titles such as: “things that dangle,” “things that are round,” or “things that repeat.”

Currently, Crow is a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an adjunct professor of graduate media studies at The New School in New York City. From October 2000 to June 2001 he was artist-in-residence at the World Trade Center; where he and 11 others were provided with studio space on the 91st floor of One World Trade Center.

Victor Faccinto, gallery director, is also planning lectures by “Breaking Boundaries” curator Judith Page and artist William Crow to take place in September. The dates and times of these lectures have not been set. Contact the gallery for more information after Sept. 1.

The exhibit and lectures are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit or call 336-758-5585 for more details.

Editors’ Note: High resolution images of art from both shows are available by e-mail.

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