Rachel Stern | More Weight

Monday, July 9 - Friday, October 26, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 5 - 8 pm | Artist’s Lecture & Reception

Rachel Stern_More Weight


The Kniznick Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Philadelphia-based artist, Rachel Stern. In “More Weight,” Stern addresses the conflation of histories with their representations through imagery, storytelling, and literary interpretations. The phrase “More weight,” was famously uttered by Giles Corey of the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts as he lay beneath a pile of stones, refusing to confess to any crime. His punishment is eternally written upon his gravestone, beneath his wax museum tableaux, and detailed in The Crucible. Stern capitalizes on our fascination with macabre history with all its trappings and complexities, building and arranging a queer-washed world from the language, logic, and images surrounding these events.

Weaving the “real” and “unreal,” with the pageantry of kitsch and the deliberation of vanitas still lifes, “More Weight,” presses us to examine how a bizarre enactment of the Law, generations removed, can reveal itself as deeply flawed and driven by greed, fear, and hysteria, but also how the re-telling of histories might be intentionally distorted.



The Boston Globe
Hunting witches, searching for justice

Humble Arts Foundation
Theater of the Absurd: Staged Photographs Reflect Witchcraft, Trumpism, and The Crucible

The Justice
'More Weight' surprises and intrigues

The Justice
Artist's lecture examines political and historical allusions in her exhibition "More Weight"


Tuesday, September 4, 12:30 - 2 pm

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator, Annie Storr will lead art experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition Rachel Stern | More Weight. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

Thursday, September 20, 5 - 8 pm

Artist's Lecture & Reception
Join us at 5 pm for a lecture with Rachel Stern, reception to follow

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Rosalie and Jim Shane and the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts.