Women’s Studies Research Center’s ‘Salon of the Arts’ features 'Cairns'

Eclectic exhibition, featuring works by WSRC scholars, is part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

Karen Rosenthal, "Santorini 1981"

Karen Frostig, "The Odor of Survival"

“WSRC Salon of the Arts 2009: Cairns”
In conjunction with the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
April 23 – Sept. 25, 2009
Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center
Brandeis University

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University is proud to present an elegant and eclectic mix of art by WSRC Scholars, focusing on the theme of “cairns.” As the second biannual WSRC salon, the exhibition showcases the range and depth of artistic talent at the center, ranging from painting, photography and sculpture to installation, music and poetry.

The theme of cairns strings a connective thread throughout the exhibition and challenges both artist and viewer to consider the structures’ multiple meanings and significances. Now commonly built as landmarks, cairns, which are artificial piles of stones, have a rich and diverse history. They have been erected as sepulchral monuments, commemorative landmarks, or for astronomical or supernatural purposes. The work exhibited in the “WSRC Salon of the Arts 2009” explores the ancient concept of cairns both literally and conceptually.

For example, Emily Corbató's photographs of Machu Picchu capture cairns’ monumentality and timelessness, and the compositions' meandering paths suggest wending one's way with guidance. Conversely, Marguerite Bouvard's poignant poems convey the significance of places and objects, both personal and public, for their history, associations and meanings. In Karin Rosenthal’s photographs, nude figures meld with the landscape, adopting rock-like characteristics and blurring the line between mobile and immobile, living and non-living, eternal and temporal.

Exhibiting artists include Marguerite Bouvard, Emily Corbató, Karen Craddock, Nurit Eini-Pindyck, Susan Eisenberg, Fran Forman, Karen Frostig, Mary Oestereicher Hamill, Suzanne Hanser, Karin Rosenthal, and Rosie Rosenzweig.

A full-color exhibition catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Related events:

Salon of the Arts 2009: Live!
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.   
An afternoon of artist talks, poetry readings, presentations and performances by WSRC Scholar/Artists.

Sources of Creativity: The First Spark
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.   
When and how does the first spark of creation begin? Artists from various disciplines will discuss and illustrate their first hand experiences in this panel discussion. Panelists include Karen Frostig, Suzanne Hanser, Rachel Kadish, Karin Rosenthal and Rosie Rosenzweig.

For more details about all events related to the exhibit visit the WSRC Web site.

Kniznick Gallery Location and Hours
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
And by appointment
781-736-8102, wsrc-arts@brandeis.edu
Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
515 South St., Waltham, MA (across from Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail stop)
About the Women’s Studies Research Center
The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) identifies itself as a place where research, art, and activism converge.  Bringing together scholars, students, and artists, the WSRC is a community that thrives on the sharing of knowledge and ideas. The WSRC is home to the Kniznick Gallery, the only exhibition space in New England devoted to the display of women's art and/or art about gender. The WSRC is located at 515 South St. in Waltham, Mass. For more information, call 781-736-8100 or visit the WSRC's Web site.

About the Scholars Program
Evolving and dynamic, the Scholars Program is committed to fostering outstanding individual achievement of the highest caliber while building a community among the Scholars and a partnership with the University. As a group, the Scholars constitute a research-and-support community.

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