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WSRC Salon of the Arts 2009: Live 

Thursday, April 23, 2:30 p.m.

Artist talks, poetry readings, presentations and performances by WSRC Scholar/Artists.

Afternoon Art 

Thursday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m.

An informal, public, curator-led tour of the exhibition with many of the exhibiting artists.

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Thursday, Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m.

Join two good friends, Rita Arditti (scientist and activist) and Susan Eisenberg (multidisciplinary artist and WSRC Resident Scholar), for a conversation about finding common cause in metastatic breast cancer, lupus and other life-threatening illnesses. Discussion includes hard science, poetry, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony that reclaims the patient narrative and our bodies from an aggressive corporate agenda.

WSRC Salon of the Arts 2009: Cairns


Karin Rosenthal, "Santorini," 1981, Gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Artist

April 23 to Oct. 15, 2009

Presented in conjunction with the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

The WSRC Salon of the Arts 2009 includes an elegant and eclectic selection of art by WSRC Scholars, focusing on the theme of cairns. The exhibition showcases the range and depth of artistic talent at the WSRC, ranging from painting, photography and sculpture to theater, film and poetry.

Now commonly built as landmarks, cairns — 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 in the site the same monumentality and timelessness that cairns possess, 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 catalog will accompany the exhibition.