Exhibit: 'Home: Part I'

February 5—March 6, 2018, Mon/Tue 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
February 1—March 8, 2018, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Augusta Savage Gallery has recognized the urgent and timely need to consider what Home means to many different people. As a result, we have invited a global array of artists to offer their visual art and accompanying words on this subject to the Five College community. Represented in this exhibit are artists from Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Germany, China, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Argentina and the US.

Home carries with it many meanings. It can trigger memories or spark anticipation. It sometimes reminds us of painful experiences, or offers some promise of freedom, or evokes terror of a future.  For some, Home is connected to a place or moment in time that carries pleasurable memories.  For others, it is a place to which, regrettably, they cannot or will not ever return.

Some have generational ties to their homes and have witnessed the expulsion and dispersion of entire communities from their places of birth - the rupturing of familial and cultural continuity.  Some think of Home in ideological terms, and are shocked and repulsed by politics and values in a nation that once felt safe, but now create tremendous anxiety.  Still others have never been privy to the stability of solid ground beneath their feet, a home base, a sense of nationhood or belonging. 

A spiritual leader once reminded his followers, “Everywhere you go, there you are.”  Here is yet another way of understanding Home – that there exists a place inside us that is familiar and safe, and which holds us strong and erect in dangerous circumstances. 

There are many ways to think about Home.  A juried invitation to artists to consider this as the subject of their work has resulted in a rich and provocative event in two parts.

Augusta Savage Gallery is open Monday and Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.