Word and Image Combine in Exhibition
Saturated Sight: Works of Many Dimensions from the Collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute presents works of art that express meaning by moving beyond the basic principles of two- and three-dimensional objects. Text is an integral part of each of the works; from the formal calligraphy in a 15th-century illuminated manuscript to a late 19th-century iron garden bench that casts the word Fern in shadow on the ground below. Reading the texts, and in one case, also listening to music, introduces the element of time, known as the fourth dimension. Saturated sight, is a quote from the poem by Emily Dickenson in contemporary artist Elaine Reicheks embroidery sampler in the exhibition, and seems to characterize an effect the objects share: layering, texture, and visual density.
The students, Jack Hauck and Kaitlin Rutledge from Sauquoit Valley, Gabrielle Kinney from Herkimer, Nick Murphy from Clinton, and Alexa Wichowsky from Mt. Markham, worked together with MWPAI staff on all aspects of producing the exhibition, from selecting the objects to presenting the opening gallery talk. They began by meeting with museum curators and reviewing objects in the museums collection. In subsequent meetings the students met and worked with other museum staff to learn about each persons career background and role at the museum. The students completed regular assignments and participated in art research, publication design, marketing, exhibition layout and installation, object label writing, and audioguide production for the exhibition.
For more information about the program, contact Museum Education Director, April Oswald, at 797-0000 ext. 2144, or email.