“Art Speaks: Voices from the HWS Collection” extended through March 13
The “Art Speaks: Voices from the HWS Collection,” exhibit, on display now at Houghton House Gallery on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, has been extended through March 13. The Houghton House gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
“The students feel a true sense of ownership of this exhibit and of the HWS Collections,” Kristel Smentek, assistant professor of art, said. “It represents a sense of pride in their place of learning.”
Featured in the exhibit are more than 30 works by such important modern and contemporary artists as Karel Appel, Arman, Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, George Bellows, Sue Coe, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Audrey Flack, Leon Golub, Robert Indiana, Donald Judd, Marisol, Dennis Oppenheim, Alan Sonfist, and Kara Walker. The exhibit also includes a selection of work by 19th-century artists such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Edouard Manet, and Mary Cassatt.
Organized by 10 students in Art 440: The Art Museum, the students were responsible for selecting the works, determining the theme of the exhibition and installing the show. Each student was also responsible for researching two or three of the works and writing the exhibit labels.
Two students, junior Cassie (Kathryn) Priest, from Stamford, Conn., and senior Emily Pfeiffer of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., to interview Robert North, one of the Colleges’ most generous donors of art. North’s wife, Marion de Mauriac North, was a 1932 graduate of William Smith College. Mr. North has generously donated nearly 100 important pieces to Hobart and William Smith in her memory, including 12 Bellows lithographs.