Absence and Trace: The Dematerialized Image in Contemporary Art

September 5, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Start Time: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:00 AM
End Time: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Location: Voorhees Hall / Zimmerli Art Museum
Address: 71 Hamilton Street
Campus: College Avenue
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: Free
Sponsor: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Category: Art
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Contact Name: Theresa Watson
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Contact Phone: (848) 932-7237
Additional Information: This exhibition of work drawn from the Zimmerli’s collection explores the ideas of absence and trace as a process and image in the late twentieth century. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a recent acquisition, Josiah McElheny’s From Verzelini's Acts of Faith: The Last Supper According to Bonifacio Pitali and Beato Angelico (1996), a construction that includes a handmade glassware set on a museological display case. McElehny questions history, artifact, and image through interventions of distance, dematerialization, and removal. Similarly, Lynton Wells uses a photographic process to delineate, then paint out a central image in an untitled 1972 work. In addition to these two large scale works, the exhibition includes prints from Ed Ruscha’s portfolio News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews & Dues and examples of Michael Mazur’s representations of his empty studio, as well as other works that indicate absence through their purposeful voids and erasures.

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