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Exhibit examines intent, tension of government-sponsored art

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified May 08, 2013 08:27 AM

“Inten(s)ion,” a UofL student-organized exhibit of government-sponsored artwork from three countries, opens May 9 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Louisville with a 5:30 p.m.‒7:30 p.m.

The free, public exhibit will be on display through June 23 in the parish hall, 421 S. Second St. Hours are 9 a.m.‒4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.‒3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m.‒2 p.m. Fridays; to make an appointment to see the exhibit during those hours, call Zachary Cavan at the cathedral, 502-587-1354.

The artwork was made during the 1970s Cultural Revolution in China, 1950s‒1970s Soviet era in Russia and 1930s Great Depression in the United States. The U.S. pieces from photographers and printmakers hired by the Works Progress Administration and some others are from UofL’s Photographic Archives and the Hite Art Institute. Other pieces are from Asia Institute-Crane House and a private collector.

The 27 pieces include offset prints, etchings, aquatints, woodcuts, linocuts, charcoal drawings, watercolors, oil painting and photography. The exhibit looks at the three countries’ differing interpretation of common themes: sport, children, work, family and interaction with government.

Ten students worked on the group project as part of a curatorial methods class, under the direction of fine arts professors Peter Morrin and John Begley. The students are Jessica Kincaid, Stacey Reason, Taylor Crush, Savannah Darr, Amerisa Waters, Jennifer Fraley, Amanda Chiara, Brandon Dyer, Chelsea Lockhart and Mary Anne Wallace.

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