"Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination" Exhibit
9/28/2013, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Fine Arts Gallery (Google map of this location)
Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination
September 27 - December 5, 2013
Please note that the Gallery will be closed October 10 - 13, 2013 for Fall Break and November 23 - December 1, 2013 for Thanksgiving.
Gallery Hours are 11 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 1 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday.
The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination." The Fine Arts Gallery is located in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South, on the western edge of the Peabody College campus. All events are free and open to the public.
"Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination" will remain on view through December 5, 2013. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Please note that the Gallery will be closed October 10 – 13, 2013 for Fall Break and November 23 – December 1, 2013 for Thanksgiving.
"Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination" is presented to coincide with the fall 2013 Vanderbilt Commons Reading, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco. In his book, which will be read by all incoming Vanderbilt first-year students, Delbanco defends the role of the liberal arts as a critical element of the undergraduate experience, stressing the importance of allowing students to test and discover their values and ideas among other activities and goals. One way to align the concept of difficult art with the Delbanco text is to suggest that it is in keeping with a liberal arts education that gallery visitors are exposed to “difficult” works. Through the liberal arts education, viewers are given ways of apprehending art in its various manifestations and are enabled to experience challenging works more fully.
Artists represented in this exhibition whose works dislocate, confront, and goad our experience of their works include Salvador Dali, Eugène Delacroix, Donna Ferrato, Jean Hélion, Lee Krasner, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Rembrandt van Rijn, Auguste Rodin, Edward Steichen, and Kara Walker. Vanderbilt faculty and staff selected several of the works in the show, and some are presented with commentary explaining why the work was chosen to represent “difficult” art.
Difficult Art and the Liberal Arts Imagination is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Martin Rapisarda, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science.