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Mindy Ostrow, 312-2113
Jan. 22, 2003
OSWEGO -- Art providing a glimpse into the past of the world's most populous nation will be on display when selections from the Henricksen Collection of Chinese Painting opens on Thursday, Jan. 30, in SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery.
The public is invited to a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the gallery to celebrate the concurrent openings of the Henricksen exhibition and "A Voice Silenced," the latter depicting the life of opera singer Leonore Schwarz Neumaier, who was a victim of the Nazi Holocaust. Both exhibitions will continue through Feb. 22.
The Henricksen Collection of Chinese Painting was curated by Sewall Oertling, who recently retired from SUNY Oswego's art department, and was organized by Ellen Avril, curator of Asian art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The exhibition is sponsored by Artswego and the Office of International Education and Programs at SUNY Oswego.
Oertling will give a public talk in the gallery at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, on how to "read" or decipher the scrolls on exhibition.
Most of the painted scrolls are from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the last imperial era of China's long history.
"During the first two centuries of this era, China was arguably the largest, most populous and most prosperous country on earth," Oertling said. "Artists were conscious of a visual tradition that stretched back almost 2,000 years and a sophisticated theoretical basis for their art, both of which could either inspire or retard an artist's production."
The exhibition concentrates on landscape painting, but also includes figure painting and what is termed "bird and flower" painting.
"From the work of scholar-bureaucrats to that of commercial artists, from reserved, almost conceptual, attitudes to lively and expressive styles, one can see the variety of approaches over several centuries," Oertling noted.
Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, contact the gallery for possible cancellations or closings.
Tyler Hall is wheelchair accessible. Those with special needs seeking accommodation should contact Tyler Art Gallery at 312-2113 in advance.
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