The Exquisite Corpse in Glass on display at University Art Gallery

February 29 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - “The Exquisite Corpse in Glass: Figurative Flameworkers Play a Surrealist Game” will be on display at Indiana State University’s Art Gallery March 5 through April 4.

The exhibition includes works by 11 internationally-known glass artists that re-examine Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse) in a series of 20 seductive glass figures. The exhibition takes on a communal approach based on the history of the Surrealist Game invented in 1925. Each flame-worked, sculpted glass figure is composed of three parts, a head, torso, and legs. Drawn at random prior to the installation, one figure’s head will be assembled with a different torso, and yet another’s legs, resulting in 6840 potential sculptural variations. The Exquisite Corpse in Glass ends up a completely new and spectacular display each time is installed.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Karen Buhler, Shane Fero, Caitlin Beaven, Marshall Hyde, Carmen Lozar, Robert Mickelsen, Pat Owens, Emilio Santini, Loren Stump, Milon Townsend, and Bernd Weinmayer.

The Exquisite Corpse in Glass is organized and traveled by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and is curated by Marshall Hyde, an independent curator, and Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum. The exhibition is provided with support from Arts Illiana, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The public is invited to a reception honoring the artists on Thursday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Hyde and Beam will have a gallery talk about the exhibit on the same evening beginning at 5:30 pm. in the University Art Gallery.

Jack Gates, faculty emeritus from the Department of Art, will randomly draw each of the 20 glass figures, Tuesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. in the University Art Gallery. The public is welcome to attend.

The University Art Gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public and the facility is wheelchair accessible. For additional information call 812-237-3720 or go to www.indstate.edu/artgallery.

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Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, director of University Art Gallery, 812.237.3787 or mvandenberg@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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"The Exquisite Corpse in Glass: Figurative Flameworkers Play a Surrealist Game" will be on display at Indiana State University's Art Gallery March 5 through April 4.

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