Fall 2016 Exhibitions at Davidson College Art Galleries 
Bethany Collins, Find, 1982 I, 2015, American Masters Paper and Black Magic eraser, dimensions variable, appoximately 3 x 3 x 3 in.
Seeing|Saying: Images and Words

A strict binary has long existed between the contrasting effects of words and images. Words have been thought to be foundational, while images have been considered subordinate.  Words have been valued as rhetorically primary, while images have been thought of as illustrative. But such bifurcation seems to artists and writers alike both constraining and unrealistic. How might the communicative and aesthetic status of words and images be profitably studied together? How do images and texts cooperate in single works of art as modalities in tension or unison? Seeing|Saying: Images and Words assembles important contemporary works that experiment with this combination of words and images from 18 artists: Shimon Attie, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Cris Bruch, Andrea Eis, Teresita Fernández, Howard Finster, Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Dennis Oppenheim, Susan Harbage Page, José Parlá, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Santiago Sierra, Hank Willis Thomas, and David Wojnarowicz in the Van Every Gallery, and Bethany Collins in the Smith Gallery. The works presented in the exhibition invite us to question the image-word divide, and remind us of our current saturation—digitally and materially—in images with words.  
Shimon Attie, FINDERS, KEEPERS, Two on location light boxes looking onto Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, Old City, annexed by Israel in 1967, East Jerusalem, 2014, Digital c-print, 49 x 73 x 2 in., © Shimon Attie, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Bethany Collins: In Evidence

In conjunction with Seeing|Saying: Images and Words, the Smith Gallery features an exhibition of work by Bethany Collins, entitled In Evidence. Using educational materials such as erasers, graphite, and old dictionaries – and found text from government documents, literary journals and historical records – Collins’ exhibition presents evocative works on paper, altered books, and installation that explore the relationship between race and language.
Seeing|Saying: Images and Words was co-curated by Elizabeth Harry, Assistant Curator; Van E. Hillard, Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies; and Lia Newman, Director/Curator. A small publication will be available featuring an essay by Hillard.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Bacca Foundation Visiting Lecture and Artist Fund, Herb Jackson and Laura Grosch Gallery Endowment, Malú Alvarez, Davidson College Class of 2002, Davidson College Friends of the Arts and the Department of Art.

Additional Programs

Thursday, November 3, 7pm
W. J. T. Mitchell, a leading theorist of visual representation, will give a lecture entitled Image X Text in the Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building.

Thursday, November 10, 7pm
Scholar, art critic, and graphic novelist Nick Sousanis will speak at Semans Lecture Hall, Belk Visual Arts Center.

See an accompanying exhibition of Sousanis's artworks from October 20-December 9 in Spencer Lobby of Chambers Building
Bethany Collins, Black and Blue Dictionary, 2014, Found New American Dictionary with black and blue color terms erased, 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 2 5/8 in., Image Courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago and New York.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10am-7pm
Weekends: Noon - 4 pm
While classes are in session

Guest parking is available in the lot behind the Belk Visual Arts Center (VAC). The building is wheelchair accessible. All programs of the Van Every/Smith Galleries are free, and everyone is welcome. 

Lia Newman, Director/Curator
Van Every/Smith Galleries
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