‘Midnight Disease’ now showing at Houghton House – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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‘Midnight Disease’ now showing at Houghton House

“The Midnight Disease,” by artist Heather Willems, will be on display at Houghton House through Thursday, April 19. This is one day earlier than previously announced.

Willems will speak about her work from 5 to 6 p.m. that day; a closing reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m., both also in Houghton House. Her talk is also one day earlier than previously announced. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

“The Midnight Disease” is a part of the current exhibition, Absence/Excess/Loss, at the Rochester Contemporary Art Gallery on East Avenue in Rochester. The group exhibition of installation-based work considers how the process of repetition informs memory and melancholia and how the creation of repeated objects relates to the act of mourning. For details, visit Rochester Contemporary.

Willems writes that “As a private performative act, my pieces simultaneously cleanse and condition. 'The Midnight Disease' is a collection of artifacts of my intimacy and time spent transitioning from one love to the next. Like a meditative mantra, I write 'I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U' to the point of emotional neutrality. At that point the conditioning begins: love new love.”

She holds a Master of Fine Art-Photography from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art-Photography from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

An article on the exhibit was printed in the Monday, April 2 issue of the Finger Lakes Times; a corrected version appears here.