Office of Public Affairs
Feb. 20, 2002
CONTACT: Mindy Ostrow, 312-2113
ACTIVIST ART, GREAT DEPRESSION-ERA PRINTS AT TYLER ART GALLERY
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery will feature prints and drawings by noted political artist Sue Coe as well as selected lithographs from the college's permanent Grant Arnold collection for its next exhibitions opening Friday, March 8.
"One Hand Washes the Other: Sue Coe Prints and Drawings 1985-2001" and "Interpreting the American Scene of the '30s: Lithographs from the Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints" will open Friday, March 8, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Both will be on view through April 7 except during spring recess, March 22 to 31.
Courtesy of Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, "One Hand Washes the Other" is sponsored by the SUNY Oswego Student Association's art exhibition committee. Coe, considered one of the foremost political artists working today, was born in England in 1951 and moved to New York in the early 1970s.
Over the ensuing years, she was featured on the cover of ARTnews Magazine and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals.
In a 1987 issue of ARTnews, Sue Gill wrote, "Coe's work is fueled by her commitment to social and political causes. Her subjects may be as close to home as a beggar she sees in her local subway station or as far away as the victims of apartheid in South Africa."
Selected lithographs from the Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints will be on view in "Interpreting the American Scene of the '30s." The exhibition will feature 73 of the 551 prints donated by artist-lithographer Grant Arnold.
In the 1930s, Arnold became staff printer for artists attending the Art Students League in New York City and at the Woodstock Artists Association. Lithography, as in all other printing techniques, allows an edition -- more than one copy -- to be printed of the same image. Artists would present Arnold with one of their prints, thus enabling his own collection to grow.
Many of the prints exemplify the social realist and regionalist tradition of artists during the Depression era. Artists represented include Arnold, Thomas Hart Benton, Bernarda Bryson, Don Freeman, Rosella Hartman, Prentiss Taylor and Elizabeth Woiceske.
Mindy Ostrow, curator of the exhibition and assistant director of Tyler Art Gallery, will give a gallery talk on the lithographs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the gallery.
Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113. All programs are free and open to the public.
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