The Murray State University Galleries and Wrather West Kentucky Museum are proud to present Breach, on view from May 22 - August 22, 2017.
This exhibition is located in both Wrather West Kentucky Museum and the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. The majority of the exhibition is on display in Wrather, and the towering, 13-foot sculpture can be viewed in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery.
Breach is the culmination of Alison Saar's creative research on American rivers and their historical relationship to the lives of African Americans. In the exhibition, Saar focuses on the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927. In her research, she found striking similarities between the disaster of 1927 and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The 1927 flood is one of the worst natural river disaster in U.S. history. Over 200,000 African Americans lost their homes and suffered from the blatant discrimination in rescue efforts and government relief assistance.
Water imagery is woven throughout this exhibition of mixed media sculpture, painting and works on paper. In these works, Saar examines the floods not only as a natural phenomena, but also the complex interaction of social, cultural and political factors associated with environmental disasters and the aftermath.
About the Artist:
Alison Saar is an American sculptor, painter and installation artist whose work explores themes of African cultural diaspora and spirituality. Saar is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Joan mitchell Foundation fellowships. She has exhibited widely within museums as well as creating large-scale outdoor sculpture. Her work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others.
Monday, 14 August, 2017
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