- Arts in Healthcare
- Hope & Memory
- Post Secret
- Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong
Stefana McClure & Johana Moscoso
November 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020
Click-clack! Crack! Percussion! features the works of New York-based artist Stefana McClure, who grew up in Northern Ireland, and Colombian artist Johana Moscoso. Both artists use movement, pressure, and striking motions in their art to represent their experiences with conflict and change.
In McClure’s Protest Jackets, rocks that have been wrapped in poetry and hurled at a wall fill the pockets of schoolchildren’s jackets to show innocence interrupted by violence. Moscoso’s ceramic tiles, imprinted with the shoeprints of dancers, show traces of the salsa and Colombia’s traditional folk dance, the cumbia. The encounter of two contrasting styles will engage audiences in an analysis how we negotiate divisions and transitions in society.
The public had an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception held in conjunction with Family Weekend on November 2, 2019, from 5:30-7:00pm. The evening also included live performances and demonstrations. Light refreshments were served. The event was free and open to the public of all ages.
August 23, 2019 – October 20, 2019
Arts in Healthcare is a group exhibition of two- and three dimensional artworks that reflects on the benefits of an arts enriched healthcare environment. These benefits include alleviating workplace stress, reducing reliance on pharmaceutical medications, and accelerating recovery. This exhibition will encourage audiences to build observational, diagnostic, and empathic skills to increase competence in addressing diverse attitudes toward the healing process. This exhibition is in conjunction with Misericordia University’s 10th Annual Health Care Symposium.
Alexi Rutsch Brock, Connecticut
Joseph Cohen, Texas
Xiuwen Cui, Beijing, China*
Sandra Fernandez, New Jersey
Holland Houdek, New York
Jeff Lichtman, Joshua Sanes, and Jean Livet, Massachusetts
Curtis Salonick, Wilkes-Barre
Marta Sanchez, Philadelphia
Fan Shen, Shanghai, China*
Jinsong Shi, Beijing, China*
Melanie Yazzie, Colorado**
Dali Zhang, Beijing, China*
Stefan Zoller, New York
*works on loan courtesy of Eli Klein Gallery
**works on loan courtesy of Glenn Green Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Marta Sánchez, Retablo for Ray, 2005, Oil and enamel on aluminum
June 28, 2019 - August 9, 2019
In this exhibition San Antonio native Marta Sánchez, draws from her Mexican-American heritage to paint in the retablo style, which means that her work uses images and writing to memorialize people from her life. Retablos can be found in churches throughout North and South America that date back to the Spanish colonial era. Sánchez is currently based in Philadelphia and is active in revitalizing neighborhoods around the trainyards of northeast Philadelphia.
Featured also in this exhibition are guitars from the Blazing Chicano Guitars series commissioned by actor and activist Cheech Marin. Marin's has built a substantial private collection of Chicano, or Mexican American art over the last twenty years and will soon open The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry, also known as "The Cheech," in Riverside, California.
PA Homepage Digital Exclusive Interview with Kevin Hayes
"Artist Shares Mexican-American Art, Celebration Traditions" by Mary Therese Biebel, Times Leader
April 6, 2019 - June 9, 2019
PostSecretX is an art installation of thousands of postcards anonymously submitted from around the world to Frank Warren, who began PostSecret as a community art project in 2004. The exhibition explores the impact of secrets, secret-sharing, and artistic expression of secrets among young adults to help promote a campus-wide supportive environment for students who are affected by mental health issues. To date, more than one million postcards offering highly personal secrets have been mailed to Warren from around the world. Collections have been displayed at the White House and Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Warren, a nationally known Active Minds speaker and author, will appear on campus for a presentation and book signing on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theatre in Walsh Hall, He will discuss the history of PostSecret and encourage students to not only speak out but to create support networks to assist each other.
For the installation at Misericordia, we will highlight postcards relevant to young adults, in particular female students and students who are mothers. We are working with the Student Activities Office, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), and the Student Success Center to collect and include anonymous submissions by students at Misericordia University.”
In support of the upcoming “Pathways Out of Poverty” conference being organized by the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program on campus on May 22, a section of the PostSecretX exhibition will be devoted to increasing awareness of the impact of poverty on academic progress, especially for women. These anonymous postcards will illustrate responses to the question, ‘What are the specific obstacles for women, women with children, and children of single mothers as they pursue an education?
This exhibition demonstrates how the creative process makes the invisible visible. It follows the legacy of female artists such as Hannah Hoch, Barbara Kruger, and the Guerilla Girls, who have used paper and collage media as a catalyst for social action.
Among the postcard messages on display will be, “I was surprised when I got laid off. And sad. Now I’m relieved, and hoping they don’t ask me back!” "I am 38 and don’t have one single close friend. But I’m not giving up yet.” “I got in trouble when by boss found out I was being sexually harassed.”
To be included in the on campus installation, students can submit postcards at specially marked boxes around campus, including the residence halls, library, art gallery, and Student Success Center. Due to some sensitive content visitor discretion is advised.
Postcards for future PostSecret consideration can be sent to Frank Warren at PostSecret, 28241 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, or email secret images to Frank@PostSecret.com.
January 12, 2019 - March 24, 2019
In the last thirty years the landscape of contemporary Chinese art has changed greatly as artists have experimented with new media and forms of expression. American audiences have had few opportunities to see these works first-hand outside of major metropolitan museums. Misericordia University, in partnership with Eli Klein Gallery in New York, is proud to present new contemporary Chinese art in "Emerging Dimensions: Works by Li Hongbo and Cai Dongdong."
Paper sculptor Li Hongbo carves through blocks of thousands of sheets of paper to create elastic sculptures that can be stretched across the gallery.
Cai Dongdong, a former documentary photographer, adds ready-made objects such as mirrors to his photographs to challenge the belief that photographs portray reality.
Demonstrations and tours
Gallery staff will demonstrate the flexibility of Li Hongbo's sculptures every Friday at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. Photography and video are allowed for this exhibition. To request a tour or demonstration at other times please contact Lalaine Little, Gallery Director, at (570) 674-6250.