Plattsburgh State Art Museum gears up for the season | Local News
PLATSBURGH – The latest edition of the Rockwell Kent Review, the annual review devoted to the life and work of the artist, is available for purchase at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum.
American artist, illustrator, author and political activist, lived 44 of his 89 years on his farm in AuSable Forks. After his death in 1971, his widow, Sally Kent Gorton, donated to SUNY Plattsburgh a representative collection of her late husband’s works which became the foundation of the Rockwell Kent Collection.
In 2000, she donated hundreds of additional works, writings, letters and other ephemera to the collection.
Kent’s work and much of the college’s exclusive collection can be seen in the Rockwell Kent Gallery, on the second floor of the Feinberg Library. The Rockwell Kent Review and its predecessor, The Kent Collector, contain essays on Kent, his work, and American art from the first half of the 20th century.
For more information, including how to order the current issue of Kent Review and digital copies of previous issues, visit https://bit.ly/3z2vwmU.
The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is also gearing up for the fall season with artist Rick Shaefer’s âRefugee Trilogy,â a suite of large-scale charcoal drawings in the Burke Gallery that depict his reaction to the crisis. ongoing immigration that is taking place through the to distill for me the journeys made by the whole refugees, âwrites Shaefer.
The three thematic scenes, each measuring 96 inches by 166 inches, are in a timeline suggested by the reports.
âLand Crossing,â the first of three, addresses the dangerous journeys refugees face in times of short-lived war, famine, drought and other events. “Water Crossing” depicts the perilous journeys through open water; and âBorder Crossingâ addresses conflicts and hostilities encountered at borders.
The Burke Gallery, on the second floor of the Myers Fine Arts Building, will then present “North by Nuuk: Greenland after Rockwell Kent”, a contemporary take on the people, social and primitive geographies of Greenland by photographer Denis Defibaugh, from January to mid-January. March 2022.
Defibaugh captured his journey from Nuuk to the Illorsuit Settlement, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following in Kent’s footsteps and offering a new look at Greenland. As climate change continues to dramatically affect the ice cap, settlements are slowly being abandoned and populations continue to decline.
Defibaugh presents a layered comparison of contemporary Greenland and early 1930s Inuit culture.
âNorth by Nuukâ is associated with âProjectionâ, Rockwell Kent’s original slides on Greenland from the museum’s permanent collection, in the Slatkin Gallery.
The museum ends its year 2021-2022 with the senior exhibition of the Bachelor of Fine Arts from mid-March to May. The last two senior BFA exposures have been forced by COVID to remote access. This will be the first senior in-person exhibition since the campus was closed due to a pandemic in March 2020.
For more information on any of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum’s offerings, email [email protected] or visit https://www.plattsburgh.edu/plattslife/arts/art-museum/index.html.