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This Just In
Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection

January 18 - February 25, 2017

Robert Kipniss, Rooftops & Chimney, 2009,
mezzotint, artist's proof, gift of James White


St. Lawrence University’s permanent collection of over 8,000 art objects and artifacts is used on a regular basis by students, faculty, and staff from various departments and programs across campus for exhibitions, research, class visits, and tours.  During the past three years, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery has acquired a number of outstanding works, including drawings, photographs, prints, artists’ books, and mixed media.

Many artworks were acquired specifically for classroom use, whether for teaching printmaking, as in the contemporary woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and mezzotints by Robert Kipniss, or to serve as discussion prompts in order to examine how artists represent nature, as in the Inuit artist Ningeokuluk Teevee’s stonecut and stencil print, Spring Break-Up.

Earlier prints and drawings in the exhibition document historical activities, events, and viewpoints of the day.  Maple Sugaring, a nineteenth-century Currier & Ives lithograph based on a painting by A.F. Tait, reflects much about its era.  One can gain an appreciation of traditional maple syrup gathering and production, for example, as well as an understanding of leisure activities and courtship rituals.

In the glass display case, two beaded pendants celebrate contemporary popular culture in their depiction of Powerpuff Girls, the sassy crime-fighters from the animated cartoon series of the same name.  The pendants were created by Laney Rayne Tahy, a young regional Mohawk-Diné artist, who used traditional beading techniques in an unexpected way.  A beaded pendant by her father, artist Filfred Tahy, presents a design more in keeping with Diné conventions. 

Recent acquisitions also refine and expand the collection’s strengths in photography.  Portraits by Ralph Gibson of Robert Frank, Stella McCartney, and Willem Dafoe update the collection’s celebrity photographs by George Hurrell and Philippe Halsman.  In addition, by detailing the experiences of Vietnamese refugees as they first arrived and acclimated to life in the United States in the 1970s, a group of thirty-five photographs by Loretta Ayeroff (six of which are on display) enriches a 1992 gift of amateur photographs that documents the lives of American soldiers serving in Vietnam as well as stateside protests against the war.

St. Lawrence alumni have always been generous supporters of the gallery.  Selected artworks in this exhibition were donated by Kathleen Colson ’79, BOMA Project; Charles Heckelman ’81; and Steve Maier ’68.  Two drawings by Frederic Remington were also donated in memory of Irma Hale Pfund, SLU Class of 1906, alumna and daughter of former trustee Ledyard Park Hale.


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