Events, Fall 2012

    WAR-TOYS: Photographs by Brian McCarty

    • Artist's lecture, Tuesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m.,
      in Griffiths 123

    Brian McCarty is known for his unique and innovative still-life photography. His work fuses reality and hyperreality through the personification and pantomime of toy characters, integrated into real settings through the use of forced perspective. Serving as both subject and surrogate, the arranged actions of toys are presented as authentic. Through the camera, McCarty creates and captures actual, although completely artificial moments in time. This artful play is used by McCarty to deconstruct and explore wide-ranging themes from family roles to consumerism, war to individual and cultural identity.

    war toys image

    Brian McCarty, Wall Shooting, 2011, based upon a drawing by
    a young boy under the care of the Ibdaa Cultural Center
    inside the Dheisheh Refugee Camp.  The location is along the
    West Bank Barrier Wall, not far from Ramallah.

    McCarty’s postmodern integration of concept and character has earned his photography a prominent position in the growing Art-Toy movement, popularized by fellow artists such as Takashi Murakami and Brian “KAWS” Donnelly. McCarty is featured in several books chronicling the artistic movement such as Vinyl Will Kill, Dot Dot Dash, and Toys: New Designs from the Art-Toy Revolution. His first monograph, Art-Toys, was released in 2010 by Los Angeles-based Baby Tattoo Books.


    Living In Harmony With the Past
    Authentic Interiors of Banská Štiavnica

    • Symposium introduction by Katarína Vošková, assistant professor of architecture, Slovak Technical University, Monday, September 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123, with reception to follow
    • Urban/Rural Preservation Days , September 9-11, 2012

    Rockwell Kent: The Once Most Popular American Artist

    • Lecture by curator Scott Ferris, Monday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m., in Griffiths 123

    Kent specialist Scott R. Ferris is the author of Rockwell Kent’s Forgotten Landscapes and The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent’s Adirondack Legacy.


    Poetry for Peace

    Readings are on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

    • September 10, Herring-Cole Hall
    • October 8, TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate NY), 53 Main Street, Canton
    • November 12 in the gallery
    • December 10 in the gallery

    Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.  Poetry for Peace readings are eligible for the First Year Cup.