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Breach, an exhibition by Los Angeles based contemporary artist Alison Saar, runs through Dec. 17 in the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery of the Williams Visual Arts Building at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. An opening reception for the artist will be held Sunday, Sept. 18.
Through paintings and mixed media sculpture Saar weaves narratives relative to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, described as the worst recorded river disaster in U.S. history with profound impacts on African Americans and long-term social, cultural and political changes nationally.
The exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.
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Saar explores issues of gender, race, racism, and the African diaspora. She mines mythology, ritual, history, music, and her biracial heritage as sources for her work.
She was selected as the 2016-17 Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Artist in Residence at Lafayette. She will work at Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) and lead workshops with students and members of the community to create sculpted heads of clay and found objects to incorporate into the exhibition.
‘Confluence,’ a wide-ranging series of interdisciplinary programs associated with rivers and inspired by Alison Saar’s Breach, will be held during the fall semester at Lafayette.
Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment, (610) 330-5361.
Alison Saar’s residency is made possible, in part, by an arts infusion grant made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Visiting Artist Series (department of art), the Lafayette Art Galleries, campus departments and programs, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.