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Davis Gallery: Spherical Behavior

The Davis Gallery at the Houghton House unveiled “Spherical Behavior,” an exhibit by New York-based artists Ryan and Trevor Oakes, titled “Spherical Behavior,” on Friday, Jan. 24 with an evening reception. The exhibit, which focuses on the constructs of vision, will remain on display through March 7.

Organized by Assistant Professor of Art History Liliana Leopardi, the exhibit will trace some of the key moments of the Oakes’ research by presenting a number of works emblematic of the artists’ discovery of embodied vision.

The Oakes are 29-year-old identical twins, who both graduated from Cooper Union. Their work has focused on researching and investigating how vision is constructed in an effort to question the assumption that traditional perspective is indeed a “true and natural’ representation of the act of seeing. 

Named in recognition of the generosity of Clarence A. (Dave) Davis Jr. ’48, the Davis Gallery is an academic resource of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The Davis Gallery, located at Houghton House, is the exhibition space of the Department of Art and Architecture and hosts six or seven shows each year, beginning with a faculty exhibition and ending the year with a student exhibition. Throughout the year, a variety of artists and architects are invited to show their work and an exhibition from the Collections of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is staged.

Normal gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Oakes brothers, watch their presentation on YouTube

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