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Current Exhibits

Each year, the Peeler Art Center gallery program presents a wide range of exhibitions and related programming. From traveling exhibitions of national and international significance to shows featuring the work of current students, faculty, and alumni, the gallery program strives to offer a dynamic schedule of interdisciplinary visual experiences.

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Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands

November 14 - December 15, 2017

Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Ken Gonzales-Day is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice considers the historical construction of race. He supplements his photographs with research and writing that engage critically with history, art history, and Western conventions of race, blending historical tragedies with current events. Using photography and video, he explores trauma and resistance as experienced and embodied by racially oppressed populations in the U.S.

A survey of Gonzales-Day’s work brings up one of his most poignant questions: What is the difference between collective resistance and racially motivated violence? It is a question being asked after recent tragic events in cities around the country, such as Ferguson and Los Angeles. By presenting historical occurrences in conjunction with contemporary events Gonzales-Day collapses the historical distance and exposes the unchanging reality of racialized violence in the United States.

This presentation of Ken Gonzales-Day’s work is organized by Christopher Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions & Public Programming, at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. The exhibition at DePauw University is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, Peace & Conflict Studies, and the Department of Art & Art History.

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Shakyamuni Stong Sku or 1000 Bodies
Shakyamuni Stong Sku (or 1000 bodies)
Early- mid 20th century
Painted pigment on silk
54 H x 29 W inches
Gift of Bruce Walker '53

Infinite splendor, infinite light: the bruce walker '53 collection of tibetan religious art

August 25 - December 12, 2017

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

Bruce Walker graduated from DePauw in 1953. After two years in the Marine Corps, he became a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (1956-1973), working on the Agency's Tibetan resistance project 1960-1968. While stationed in India and Sikkim during the period 1962-1968, he assembled an impressive collection of Tibetan thangkas, works on paper, and religious objects which he donated to DePauw in 2002. The exhibition is also accompanied by a full color catalog with contributions from DePauw University students, faculty, and staff.

Funding for the exhibition and print catalog is generously provided by: the Arthur E. Klauser Endowment, Asian Studies, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Larry & Lesley Stimpert Endowment Fund, Peace & Conflict Studies, the Efroymson Family Fund: A Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund, and the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

Romare Bearden_In the Garden

Romare Bearden
In the Garden, 1979
Lithograph on paper                                 1982.7.2
Gift of Richard F. and Evelyn C. Cox
Art © Romare Bearden Foundation,    
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Pulled, Pressed, and Screened: Important American Prints

August 30 - December 10, 2017

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level)

This exhibition of 51 important American prints surveys the activities of artists who put designs on paper during this exciting period. Thomas Hart Benton, Anne Ryan, Milton Avery, Dorothy Dehner, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Catlett, Jasper Johns and Romare Bearden are a few of the artists represented in this examination of the growth in popularity of printmaking among American artists during this 50-year period. Especially significant are the contributions of women to printmaking during this period as well as the impact of African American artists on the graphic arts. Combined with artists who immigrated to the United States during these decades and the increased numbers of painters and sculptors who took up printmaking, this exhibition makes abundantly clear the egalitarian nature of the print.

Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.

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