Come by the Off Campus Student Center, located at 103 Bartlett Hall, for this great event. Thursdays from 2pm-3pm.
Her exhibition at the UMCA concerns the landscape of Iceland, where Horn has traveled and made work since 1975, and how it has informed her practice. The exhibition’s focus is Pi, an installation comprised of 45 Iris-printed photographs, taken along the Arctic Circle in the north of Iceland over a six-year period. Horn thinks of the work as “a collection of circular and cyclical events.” Combining portraits and landscapes, Pi charts a mode of living in a specific place, though Horn was not interested in reportage or narrative. The installation forms a frieze around the room, sewing this circular work together through memory and movement. The artist says, “There is no prescribed beginning or end, and, among the images, no single motif dominates. The potential for narrative, which is implied in the nature of the imagery, never actually evolves. Thwarting the narrative is an important way to engage people’s interest.”
Unobstructed views of the ocean are interspersed with those shot through windows in the home of an elderly couple whose portraits appear throughout the exhibition. They harvest the down from the nests of Eider ducks, and Horn includes images of the feathery nests. Outside influences infiltrate and become part of the continuum. Iceland had only one television station for years, and every afternoon many tuned in to watch the American soap opera, Guiding Light. Stills from this program punctuate Pi, marking the passage of time with the soothing recurrence of the same. Horn sets this mundane drama against the routine life cycles of birds in Iceland. This series of photographs embody a collision of nature and culture, a haunting interruption in the entropic flow of life and death envisioned in this exhibition.
The upcoming events will be held every Tuesday (please see flyer for specific times) in the Herter 4th floor lounge on the UMass Amherst campus, and all are free to join, from novices to advanced speakers. We look forward to seeing you there.
Feb. 4: noon - 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March. 3: noon - 1 p.m.
March 10: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 24: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 31: noon - 1 p.m.
April 7: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 14: noon - 1 p.m.
April 21: noon - 1 p.m.
April 28: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun 2-5 p.m., until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
Closed: Mondays, academic breaks, state holidays
A Horse Walks Into A Bar
D. Dominick Lombardi, Curator
Humor is not the first thing you think of when researching or discussing Contemporary or Modern Art, but it does have a far more significant place than one might presume. R. Crumb, Peter Saul and Erwin Wurm to name just three, cannot be completely understood without considering their ability to make us smile or laugh. Even the late Picasso paintings and prints had as much humor as they did restlessness, angst or sexual tension in his continued quest for the extreme. A Horse Walked Into a Bar is a survey of some of today’s artists who continue to push the boundaries of fine art toward wit and whimsy.