Opening Reception | "Transitions," "Sleight Of Hand," + Oliver Laric's "Versions 2012"

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Opening Reception | "Transitions," "Sleight Of Hand," + Oliver Laric's "Versions 2012"
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Join the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art for the opening reception of our fall exhibition block on Saturday, September 10! Through two new exhibitions and a solo project, the Zuckerman Museum of Art explores how objects’ meaning and value shift within changing global and digital contexts. "Sleight of Hand," Oliver Laric‘s "Versions 2012," and "Transitions" open with a public reception featuring Atlanta-based music ensemble Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective.

This event is free + open to the public.

"Transitions: States of Being"

“Transitions” features contemporary artwork placed in dialogue with a set of early 20th century ivories from the KSU Permanent Collection. The exhibition analyzes how the extraction of cultural artifacts changes value, accessibility and understanding and thereby challenges us to consider the complexities of identity, ownership and our relationship with the natural world. Organized with curator Kirstie Tepper and funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artists include: Willie Cole, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Louise Lawler, Joe Peragine, Amy Pleasant, Alexis Rockman, Danielle Roney, Constance Thalken and ivories created by Mangbetu artists and donated to the ZMA by Dr. and Mrs. Apostolos Ziros.

"Sleight of Hand"

“Sleight of Hand” explores the interplay between art, ritual and spectacle through the presentation of 19th century ivories carved by Vili artists for visiting European and American patrons to purchase. By approaching these carvings through a lens of spectacle and ritual, a picture emerges of ‘life as performance’ in the commodified interactions of European, American and African individuals in this era. Organized with Kennesaw State University Assistant Professor of Art, Dr. Jessica Stephenson.

The exhibition features a film by contemporary Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai, ivories from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and postcards from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Solo project: Oliver Laric, "Versions 2012"

Challenging notions of visual originality, Laric's video explores the mutable and cannibalistic state of the image in contemporary digital culture. An evolving artwork, “Versions 2012” demonstrates the repetition of imagery across cultural and historical contexts and examines how images circulate, recirculate, are copied and then become original once again through their reinvention in new manifestations.

Danielle Roney, "Refugee Conversations" (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Oliver Laric, "Versions 2012" (detail). Courtesy of the artist.

Kudzanai Chiurai, "Iyeza" (still), 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
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