“Victory Over the Sun takes into account the cosmic phenomenon and a host of other meanings that are held within the word eclipse,” said KMAC Curator Joey Yates. “Artists who engage in acts of silencing, erasing, covering or masking, as well as conceptual gestures related to eclipsed narratives in American art and culture, will examine themes of blindness, censorship, obscurity, and suppression.”
The occurrence of the sun’s temporary erasure in Kentucky, during The Great American Eclipse of 2017, provides a backdrop for an exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture, video and photography that explores literal and figurative notions of darkness, shadow and light.
An exhibition booklet has been produced, including text about each artist with an essay from Curator Joey Yates and a letter from Executive Director Aldy Milliken. In addition, Dr. Susan Jarosi, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville, has written an essay about the exhibition’s connection to historical references. The essay, titled How to Look at Eclipses Without Being Blinded
, will be available on the KMAC website
“We position cosmopolitan Louisville, and our institutional perspective on artistic practice, with artists from across the globe,” said KMAC Director Aldy Milliken. “Recreating an Eclipse is a tall order. We have worked with many diverse artists to further convey that art is the deepest form of communication, exploring complexities of the human experience as we share in the “Great American Eclipse”.
Artists in Victory Over the Sun include: Lita Albuquerque, Sanford Biggers, Bigert & Bergström, Mel Bochner, Bethany Collins, Nick Doyle, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Irwin, Titus Kaphar, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Matthew Porter, Letitia Quesenberry, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Barbara Takenaga, Jan Tichy, Marijke Van Warmerdam and Brenna Youngblood.
OPENING WEEKEND EVENTS
Visitors are invited to join a special exhibition walkthrough on Saturday August 19 at 3:30p with KMAC Curator Joey Yates, Executive Director Aldy Milliken and Victory Over the Sun artists Bigert & Bergström to learn more about the new exhibition.
During Family Fun Day from 11a-3p, educators will help visitors of all ages make artwork that responds to themes of the new exhibition, like light, dark and shadow. Participants can make colorful scratch art and fantastical shadow puppets in the Education Studio, tour KMAC’s new exhibition, and explore Art Ideas in Studio 715.
KMAC Museum will partner with the Kentucky Science Center for the Logan County Watch Party (a NASA Official Viewing Location) at the Public Library in Russellville, KY. En route, visitors can choose to hear presentations from area researchers and artists included in Victory Over the Sun. Special access to the exhibition will be offered to visitors before the trip.
Victory Over the Sun
will be on view in the first and second floor galleries through December 3
. Sing Don’t Cry,
an exhibition featuring works from KMAC and local private collections with interpretations by Louisville artist Matthew McDole continues in the third floor gallery until September 10
. The museum’s photo biennial show featuring work by Paul Mpagi Sepuya will follow in the third floor gallery.