In an exhibition I expect to be widely popular across the St. Norbert campus and community, Oliver Ressler merges art, politics, economics and social activism into an impressive interactive gallery experience: Oliver Ressler–Catastrophe Bonds.
Ressler, hailing from Vienna, Austria, was invited to both the St. Norbert College and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campuses as part of a joint project between the two institutions, the International Visiting Scholars Program, created to enrich the educational experiences of Green Bay and the surrounding communities.
Ressler’s work will be shown on both campuses and both SNC and UWGB will hold several events regarding the artist’s work, all of them open to the public.
The pieces being shown in SNC’s Baer and Godschalx Galleries include Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies (2003-2008), a 16-channel video installation exploring just what the title suggests as rejections to the rule of capitalism, Fly Democracy (2007), an installation paralleling the drop of the leaflets the U.S. Military deposited in Iraq and Afghanistan, and finally, Emergency Turned Upside Down (2016), a 16 minute film inspired by the migration of Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees to European states, posing the question “what is the true emergency: the new presence of refugees in Europe, or the wars that drove them here?”
Oliver Ressler: Catastrophe Bonds is now open in the SNC galleries there will be several events on Thursday, March 1 to celebrate its opening: at 4 p.m. in the Michels Commons Ballroom there will be a panel discussion entitled Art. Social Action and Grassroots Democracy, sponsored by the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding and will feature the artist himself. Following the discussion there will be an opening reception for the exhibition with a special opening-night screening of The Right of Passage in the Bush Art Center Galleries from 5-7 p.m.
For a full list of public events connected with this exhibition, please refer to the poster below:
The SNC exhibition runs from Feb. 26-March 29 in the Bush Art Center.
Need a few minutes away from your work to spark your creative juices or see your current project from a different perspective? Take an Art Break in the galleries! Stop by the Bush Art Center for coffee, tea and treats and a stroll through the galleries. Art curator Shan Bryan-Hanson will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the art on exhibit, or you can stroll in silence. Warm drinks and a fresh take await!
Art Break will take place on the following dates; stop by for five minutes or settle in for a longer visit, whatever your schedule allows.
Friday, January 26, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday, February 1, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday, February 12, 2-4 p.m.
Though we close for the current season on May 5 (five more days to catch the Senior Art Exhibition), we have many good things in the works for fall. See you in August!
Congratulations to the SNC Art Class of 2017! Here is a peek at the work each of the graduating majors presented in the Senior Art Exhibition:
As part of the exhibition Shelter and Clothing, a tiny house will be on display on the lawn outside the Bush Art Center. Open house hours are M, T, W, Th, 12-2 p.m. and F, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Aug. 29-Sept. 23. The house will also be open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming exhibitions in the Bush Art Center:
Shelter and Clothing: Using Sustainable Design to Rethink How We Live Today
Baer Gallery, August 29 – Sept. 23
Open for SNC Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“And where she ends she doth anew begin.”
– the 1000 t-shirt project by April Beiswenger
Godschalx Gallery, August 29 – Sept. 23
Artist’s Lecture: Fashion This! Sustainable Clothing and You, Sat., Sept. 17, 3-3:45
Kevin J. Miyazaki: Camp Home
Baer Gallery, October 3 – October 28
Reception, Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.
A Potter Collects: The Collection of Reid Schoonover
Godschalx Gallery, October 3 – October 28
Reception, Thursday, October 13, 5-7 p.m.
2016-17 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Baer Gallery, November 7 – December 9
Awards Reception, Thursday, Nov. 10
Graphic Design and Rock & Roll – the Art of the Music Poster
Godschalx Gallery, November 7 – December 9
Reception, Thursday, Nov. 10
The installation of the exhibition, Debbie Kupinsky: Terrain will soon be finished and ready to open on the first day of classes, Monday, January 25, 2016. The exhibition runs through February 19 with a public reception on Thursday, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m.
The artist writes about her work:
My work investigates the role of objects and images as carriers of meaning and explores the role of layered images in the construction of metaphorical landscapes. Ordinary objects like flowers, teacups, bottles, and toys are some of the subjects and images within my work that come together to create larger, open narrative. The relationships in the work between sculptural pieces and found objects are meant to leave space for the viewer and allow them to find themselves, their memories and associations.
This is a beautiful, visually engaging exhibition, not to be missed! To see more of Debbie Kupinsky’s work visit debbiekupinsky.com