Art Buzz January 26, 2012: University of Southern Indiana: Artists picture American history through personal prisms in USI exhibition

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Artists picture American history through personal prisms in USI exhibition

Artists see figures through personal prisms

Source: Evansville Courier & Press, 1-26-12

Muscle-bound cartoon superhero versions of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson battle in Spandex for the presidency in 1796.

Twenty-first century children re-enact Davy Crockett’s 1836 demise at the Alamo.

And Joseph Smith raises his arms in an angelic, martyr’s gesture of grace as an 1832 mob applies tar and feathers to the founding Latter-day Saint in a new art exhibition at the University of Southern Indiana.

Photos Courtesy of artists<br /><br /> Thirty-five artists contributed to the exhibit exploring the stories, myth and history of the United States. "The U.S. History Volumes I and II" is on display at The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries in the University of Southern Indiana's Liberal Arts building, with artwork including "Polly's Demise," a print by Andrew Kosten (from top to bottom); "Words in Hand," a print by M. Hopson Walker;" and "Revere George," a print by Peter Massing.Photos Courtesy of artists Thirty-five artists contributed to the exhibit exploring the stories, myth and history of the United States. “The U.S. History Volumes I and II” is on display at The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries in the University of Southern Indiana’s Liberal Arts building, with artwork including “Polly’s Demise,” a print by Andrew Kosten (from top to bottom); “Words in Hand,” a print by M. Hopson Walker;” and “Revere George,” a print by Peter Massing.
Courtesy of Peter Massing<br /><br /> "Revere George," a print by Peter MassingCourtesy of Peter Massing “Revere George,” a print by Peter Massing
Photos Courtesy of artists<br /><br /> "Polly's Demise," a print by Andrew Kosten, is on display in the exhibit, "The U.S. History Volumes I and II," at The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries in the University of Southern Indiana's Liberal Arts building.

Photos Courtesy of artists “Polly’s Demise,” a print by Andrew Kosten, is on display in the exhibit, “The U.S. History Volumes I and II,” at The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries in the University of Southern Indiana’s Liberal Arts building.

History, imagination and ambiguity illuminate, shade and detail the 70 prints featured in “U.S. History Volumes I and II,” a show running through March 29 in USI’s McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries.

This curious collection of prints by 35 artists from across the country illustrates, questions and raises questions about the first 70 years of the nation’s life. The show features the first two installments in what eventually will be a seven-volume collection organizers aim to send to the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C., says Andrew Kosten.

Kosten, an assistant professor of art at USI, created two of the prints for the show’s organizer, Brandon Gardner, a USI graduate who teaches at the University of Alabama at Huntsville….READ MORE

IF YOU GO

—- What: “The U.S. History Volumes I and II,” featuring 35 artists’ prints reflecting the first 70 years of the nation’s events, stories and mysteries.

—- Where: The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries in the University of Southern Indiana’s Liberal Arts building

—- When: The exhibition will run through March 19. with a free, public artists reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 5. The gallery normally is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

—- Admission: Free and open to the public

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