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  • Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

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  • The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery runs shows independently and in cooperation with the Visual Arts Gallery.

    Current Exhibition

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    Mimi Smith
    Constructing Art About Life
    March 20 – April 24
    March 20, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception
    April 17, 4:30 p.m. Artist Talk


    Since the 1960s, Mimi Smith has been fashioning clothing as an art form and making installations with topical and personal resonance. Her Recycle Coat (1965), for example, was made of plastic bags from various consumer products, such as paper napkins and bread, with bottle caps for buttons. Similarly her Girdle (1966) was constructed by cutting and sewing rubber bathmats.

    By turning banal objects into clothing sculpture, Smith subverted the notion of both “fine art” and fashion which is usually intended to make women appear attractive. According to art historian Joan Marter, who authored an essay for the exhibition brochure, these principal works of the 1960s “take their place among the few viable Pop Art objects created by women, while also forecasting feminist art of the 1970s.”

    In the 1970s, Smith produced life-sized drawings of household interiors and furniture, using measuring tape and knotted thread. She drew from her surroundings, being home-bound with the raising of her children at the time, and used her art to create an order with which to make sense of her life. Telephones and televisions also appear in this period, alluding to the pervasiveness of new technologies and the increasing invasiveness of the news media.

    This concise survey exhibition presents a carefully selected group of works across five decades of Mimi Smith’s career. Its diversity attests to the fact that the artist has been continually exploring the personal and political through the forms and modes of expression of our ever changing times.

    For further information on the artist, see mimismith.com
    Image: Camouflage Maternity Dress, 2004, fabric, plastic dome, screws, 47” x 22” x 9”

    Ongoing Exhibition

     Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition
    Gilligan Student Union, Faculty Dining Hall, 2nd floor

    “Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition” will feature works by NJCU art faculty Mauro Altamura, Hugo Bastidas, Dennis Dittrich, Brian Gustafson, Deborah Jack, Martin Kruck, Ken MacBain, Winifred McNeill, Janet Pihlblad, Ellen Quinn, Jose Rodeiro, and Herb Rosenberg. The exhibit will be shown throughout the full 2013-2014 academic year. The Dining Hall is accessible Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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    Kenneth MacBain
    Tea + Coffee Set
    2008
    Sterling Silver Acrylic

    habitorium

    Martin Kruck
    Habitorium: Blaze
    2013
    Photogravure