Opening Reception!

        After a two-month collaborative effort by the Museum Studies Team, the new exhibition:  the imprint of war: responses in print was unveiled to the public at the University Art Gallery this past Monday night (October 31st). Although it was a rainy and chilly night, more than 200 visitors came to get the first look at the show and celebrated this eventful moment with the team and its instructors: Janet McCall, Nicole Pollentier, and Isabelle Chartier. The team got congratulations from HAA faulty the next day: they are “thrilled” with the “glowing success” of the show!

        On Monday night, the doors opened at 6:30 with young women (class members) looking out from inside the gallery with a sort of delightful impatience. Within 15 minutes, visitors strolled into each gallery, some with brochures, some with magnifying glasses, and some simply with curious minds.

        The artworks are displayed in the Gallery like this:

  • The Front Gallery—The Front Gallery features Jacques Callot’s prints from his “Small Miseries of War” and “Large Miseries of War” series.
  • The Rotunda—four of contemporary artist Sandow Birk’s large woodblock prints from his series “The Depravities of War”
  • The Hall Gallery and the Back gallery—contemporary artist Nicolas Naughton’s prints and drawings
  • The Side Gallery—local artists’ works, including prints from Susanne Slavick, Dan Buchanan, Joan Iversen Goswell, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Delanie Jenkins and Andrew Ames

Many visitors came to the show without knowing much about the process of printmaking. At the exhibition, they were educated by display cases full of tools that show the process of a printmaker’s work and they were encouraged to play around with an interactive online device to experience different techniques in printmaking. Nevertheless, visitors were not submissive receptors of the art works; they were inspired by the art and felt the impulse to leave their imprint on the back wall at the Side Gallery (post-its and markers are provided). More than a dozen comments, like “Make Art, Not War” have already been posted, and many more comments are expected.

          Around 7:00,when most of the visitors had finished their first round in the gallery, team leaders from each of the four teams, Lucy Peterson, Allie Ross, Steph Trum, and Christy Savage, each spoke about the mission of the class, the responsibilities of each team and the message we hope the show sends. Afterward, the crowd moved from the rotunda to the Side Gallery where artists Susanne Slavick and Andrew Ellis Johnson each gave a lively explanation of their artworks to the audiences there.

The night was made complete with exquisite food catered by Karen Hunter Catering, run by the mother of Colleen Bernhard, a student in the class. The guests formed long lines to sample crab madeleines, papaya and brie quesadillas, crepes with asparagus, wild mushroom tarts, filet morsels, and displays of cheese and fruit.

The exhibition will remain on display through December 5th, open to the public Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment by emailing UAG@pitt.edu

          Come to visit and leave your imprint!

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