Art Exhibition/Opening Reception: We Grow Accustomed To The Dark
September 5, 2018
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Herter Art Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
As part of the 6th Annual Amherst Poetry Festival organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, Herter Art Gallery presents: We Grow Accustomed To The Dark.
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark is an exhibition which investigates the role of identity in the current political climate by probing the connection between poetry and visual art. 11 visual artists and 4 poets come together as part of the 6th Annual Amherst Poetry Festival and draw on deeply rooted personal experiences to address the complexities of identity politics, class, gender, education, and (de)industrialization. Each piece is paired with poetry, a powerful combination that transforms both mediums, bringing a new range and rhythm to the gallery. At its heart, the exhibition asks the important question: how can a dialogue between visual art and poetry enrich creativity and stimulate a conversation surrounding contemporary political affairs?
The artists in this show are Amanda Boggs, Kathryn Fanelli, Kelsi Giguere, Francis Greenleaf, Althea Keaton, Nikki Maloof, Bibiana Medkova, Kenneth Murphy, Xuan Pham, Kelly Popoff, and Margaret Wilson. Their work encompasses a promising diversity of approaches and mediums, ranging from photography, video, animation, performance, painting, to installation. On September 21st, 2018, the gallery will host a live performance by participating artist, Amanda Boggs, and a poetry reading featuring contemporary poets— Leslie Edwards, Mia Kang, Nathalie Vicencio, and Sarah Sousa.
Herter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Herter Hall west of the Fine Arts Center. Public parking is available at all times behind the Robsham Visitors Center and at meters along Haigis Mall. Nights and weekends parking is also available in Lot #71, west of the Whitmore Administration Building.