2017-07-20 / Upcoming Events

Curator’s tour of exhibit Tuesday at JAC


Lesley Dill’s “Elephant Dog Puppet” made with horsehair is on display at the arts center. Dill is a Brooklyn artist whose style explores the relationship between language, body, emotion and society. Lesley Dill’s “Elephant Dog Puppet” made with horsehair is on display at the arts center. Dill is a Brooklyn artist whose style explores the relationship between language, body, emotion and society. Limited space is available for a tour of the new exhibit titled “Word: Text in Contemporary Art” at the Jamestown Arts Center. The curator, Karen Conway, will lead the walk-through at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The tour is free but guests should RSVP by calling 560-0979.

“Word” showcases artists who use text as an aesthetic tool to convey their messages. Their work demonstrates that when text is used successfully, the inherent lines and shapes become part of the picture.

According to the show’s creators, text has a long history in art, dating back to medieval times. The Dada movement, which featured artists in the early 20th century who rejected the logic, reason and aestheticism of modern capitalism, was at the forefront. Since then, conceptual artists from the 1960s have increased its popularity. Today, even with social media saturation, artists continue to embrace text to heighten the message of their work, the show’s creators said.

Featured in the gallery will be Diane Barcelo, Alexandra Broches, Robin Crocker, Tom Culora, Lesley Dill, Lalla Essaydi, Maira Kalman, Gayle Wells Mandle, Jessica Rosner, Scherer and Ouporov, Edwin Schlossberg, Buzz Spector, May Stevens, Kevin Veronneau, Jenny Holzer Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger and Glenn Ligon.

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