'Insatiable' exhibit offers perspectives on excess

Kirsten Lamb "Better Materialists," 2008 gouache on paper on board 12" x 12"

The Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center is currently staging a provocative and poignant exhibition about our insatiable appetite for food, power, wealth, information, and much more titled “Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More.” Forty-two artists from the US and abroad are offering work that examines our gluttony for excess and the consequences of indulging our endless desire.  

The exhibition, which runs through March 15, features sculpture, painting, photography, fiber arts, video, drawing, and digital design. Dylan Vitone’s photograph “Body Builders” shines a light on the spectacle of the sport and the drive to perfect the male body. Kathleen O’Hara’s painting “Newfoundland” of a home atop a floating iceberg reminds the viewer where our lust for expansion is taking us. And Anne Lambert’s sculpture “Gone” uses a series of handbags, from full to empty, to comment on our continually diminishing natural resources.  

“Insatiable: Our Rapacious Appetite for More” features the work of Edie Bresler, Donna Catanzaro, Marie Picard Craig, Marli Diestel, Anthony Fisher, Virginia Fitzgerald, Karen Frostig, Katerie Gladdys, Justin Goodall, Amy Guidry, Hope Hardesty, Max Heller, Rachael Jablo, Lauren Kalman, Sam Keller, Minsung Chloe Keyoung, Kirstin Lamb, Anne Lambert, Yvonne Love & Gabrielle Russomagno, So Yoon Lym, Leslie Macklin, Monika Malewska, Elizabeth Michelman, Mitzi Lynn Mize, Morrix, Nancy Morrow, Kathleen O’Hara, Anne Percoco, Rachel Bee Porter, Nina Prader, Gina Randazzo, Kayla Risko, Andrea Rosenthal, Alison Safford, Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, Kristen Rae Simonsen, Gulin Sungur, Doug Tausik, Dylan Vitone, Callie Wile, and April Wood.

The work in the exhibition was juried by Judy Haberl, artist and professor of sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  Ms. Haberl works with multiple media ranging from photography to sculptural installations. Ms. Haberl has exhibited widely, including: Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University; ICA, Boston; Fotofest, Houston; Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Long Island, NY; Stux Gallery, New York City; Yale University School of Art and Architecture; and Gallery Kayafas, Boston. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including: A.R.T. (Artist's Resource Trust), L.E.F., Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Howard Foundation Grant.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts.

Kniznick Gallery Info:

Women’s Studies Research Center
515 South Street, Waltham, MA (across from Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail stop)
781-736-8102, wsrc-arts@brandeis.edu
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment www.brandeis.edu/centers/wsrc
Free & open to the public

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About the Women’s Studies Research Center
The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) is 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, which is committed to feminist exhibitions of artistic excellence that reflect the activities of the Women’s Studies Research Center Scholars and engage communities within and beyond Brandeis University.

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