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Georgie Friedman, Snow Study II (Blizzard), HD video (still), 2013
Georgie Friedman: Snow Study
Tues., Oct. 5–Sun., Dec. 5, Freedman Gallery (Foyer)
“Snow Study II (Blizzard)” is one of three silent videos Friedman has created of snowstorms at night. She films the storms so their city context is not evident, foregrounding the minimalist, drawing-like elements of white dots, lines, and shifting forms in the black of night. She captures the impactful and complex forces of wind through the subtle dancing, fast streaming, delicate floating, and intense swirling movements of snow sweeping across the screen. The interconnectivity of these elements becomes clear: the wind animates the snow, and the snow reveals the invisible structure of the wind. Friedman’s thoughtful observation of a blizzard emphasizes the grace of a meteorological phenomenon, inviting viewers to a new visualization of a largely familiar experience and an appreciation of the natural beauty of the wind and snow’s properties and forms.
Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936-Present
Tues., Aug. 17–Sun., Dec. 5, Freedman Gallery (Main Gallery)
This important comprehensive exhibition comes to Reading, Pa., and the Freedman Gallery at Albright College, in the middle of its national tour, and features 54 stunning works by 50 intergenerational artists who have perfected the hierarchy of distilled form, immaculate line, and pure color. Artists in the exhibition include Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Alice Trumbull Mason, Katinka Mann, Alice Adams, Merrill Wagner, Claire Seidel, and Lee Krasner, among others. The exhibition was organized by The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY and the Ewing Gallery, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition was curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna.
Ria Brodell: Butch Heroes
Thur., Oct. 7–Sun., Dec. 5, Freedman Gallery (PS)
The Freedman Gallery has invited Ria Brodell, whose work was exhibited in the gallery’s first national juried exhibition, “Gender Matters/Matters of Gender,” installed in the spring of 2011, to return a decade later to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of that important and hugely popular show. Brodell’s small but detailed gouache paintings evoke the pictorial pages of painted manuscripts and illustrate the artist’s research capabilities as each person depicted is a little-known queer, nonbinary or transgender hero from decades, if not centuries, long past. Free full-color publications with critical essays for both the 2011 and current exhibits will be available.