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Mythology in Contemporary Art

The stories of passion, ambition, greed, and human suffering in ancient mythologies represent humankind’s attempts to understand the curious and inexplicable—from astronomy and tumultuous weather conditions to man’s inhumanity to man and acts of generosity and kindness. These tales remain as compelling today as when they were first interpreted millennia ago, and Mythology in Contemporary Art showcases paintings and works on paper by Stephen Mueller, Bob Thompson, Kay WalkingStick, among other contemporary artists.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Myths and Mysteries at MWPAI,” a program developed by the Museum of Art Department of Education. Through this tour and online classroom activities, students will explore multiple representations of ancient Greek and Roman literature and make comparisons between traditional representations of myths and contemporary interpretations.

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.