pg.021 New Visions: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art Aug. 27 – Oct. 18, 2009The Allentown Art Museum, Lafayette College and Lehigh University will present New Visions: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art.  The coordinated exhibition, the first time these three institutions have engaged in a joint project, will be drawn from one of this region’s major collections of late modern photography.
DPDETAIL_2 Brandon Ballengée From Scales to Feathers: The Evanescent Presence of Sculpted WingsOct. 26, 2009 – Jan. 16, 2010

In honor of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and, on November 24, the 150th anniversary of the printing of On the Origin of Species in November, Lafayette College’s Williams Center Gallery and the Shrewsbury Museum, Shropshire, England, present joint exhibitions of the works by environmental artist Brandon Ballengée. An amateur biologist and activist, Ballengée works to explore the boundaries between art and science. For more than a decade the artist has created works about ‘bio-indicator’ species such as amphibians, fish, and birds. Fall 2009

DSCN3999 Quills, Spoons, and Spiders
Fall 2009
An Outdoor Installation of Cultivated ChrysanthemumsThe Williams Center Gallery and Lafayette’s Office of Plant Operations (Grounds) planted a sample of garden-hardy and exhibition chrysanthemums at the Williams Center. Modern ornamental mums are highly hybridized, and in this sense they are like the fancy pigeon breeds that Darwin studied. These flowering chrysanthemums have been created to exhibit a broad range of physical characteristics, often reflecting the preferences and styles of the period.
toledo Grace Hartigan: From the StudioFeb. 2 – March 13, 2010Grace Hartigan’s long and productive career ended with her death in November 2008. Grace Hartigan: From the Studio, a joint exhibition at Lafayette’s Williams Center and Grossman Galleries, highlights Hartigan’s late work. Hartigan’s incisive drawing is as strong as any period in her career, and her color choices remain highly original. In addition to oil paintings in which she modernized the traditional portrait, Hartigan created monumental watercolors that pushed the expressive qualities of the medium to new limits.

Brown Bag Lecture: Tuesday, Feb. 9, Williams 108, 12:15 p.m. Robert S. Mattison, “Grace Hartigan in Context”

Reception, Sunday. Feb. 14, 3-5 p.m. at Williams and Grossman Galleries.
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In the sculpture garden:

Chakaia Booker
Simon Says, 2003Rubber tires and steel

Through April, 2010.

Chakaia Booker is the 2010 Grossman Visting Artist. An exhibition of her work can be seen at the Grossman Gallery, Williams Visual Arts Building.


Dan Mills
US Future States Atlas:
March 29 – May 22, 2010Dan Mills, Artist’s Talk, Tuesday, April 13, 12:15 p.m.,
Williams Center for the Arts, Room 108

A book signing of US Future States ATLAS,
Published by Perceval Press, 2009, to follow

US Future States began as a visual-and-text response to US foreign policy in early 2003—a time when the United States was in Afghanistan and beginning the invasion of Iraq. “By conceptually pushing this global stance a little further,” Mills discovered, “it was possible to justify taking over almost any country.” So he did. In these works, the US of America (USA) expands with the US Global (USG) and morphs into the US Empire (USE). The atlas is a satirical and provocative contemplation of global imperialism.