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Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions - Sordoni Art Gallery

A Stirring Song Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom

William Earle Williams

Exhibition Dates: August: 21 - October 7, 2018

A Stirring Song Heroic is an exhibition of contemporary photographic works by William Earle Williams presented alongside related historic objects. Together, they depict the often invisible journey from slavery to freedom in the United States. The exhibition focuses on sites and historic events in the New World from 1619 to 1865 where Americans, black and white, determined the meaning of freedom.

Williams is a 1997 Pew Fellow in the Arts, and has received individual artist fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1986, 1997 and 2003. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship from 2003-2004.

 Loud Silence: Expressions of Activism

Curated by Heather Sincavage

Exhibition Dates: October 23 - December 16, 2018

This exhibition explores artists who use the human figure or body as a means for activism. The works featured demonstrate the unique perils of living while a woman, while black, while indigenous, while LGBTQ, and while an immigrant. The exhibit features over 40 artists including Judy Chicago, Kara Walker, Faith Ringgold, Ana Mendieta, Kiki Smith, and Jenny Holzer.

Sacred Sisters

Holly Trostle Brigham 

Exhibition Dates: January 15 - March 8, 2019

Sacred Sisters is a collaboration between visual artist Holly Trostle Brigham and award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson. Brigham is a figurative painter whose work explores feminist narratives through paintings that are enriched by her research Winto the art, symbolism, and history of her subjects. Brigham's paintings depict eight nuns who represent many centuries, religions and cultures. Each nun was an artist or writer. While Brigham imagines the nuns in the midst of their creative work, Nelson gives voice to each nun with a poem phrased as a prayer.

Peasant War

Käthe Kollwitz

Exhibition Dates: January 15 - March 8, 2019

From 1903 to 1908, Käthe Kollwitz worked on the plates for Bauernkrieg / Peasant War, a series of etchings that represents the brutal treatment of peasants in sixteenth-century Germany, their rise to revolution and battle, and their subsequent humiliation and death. Although based on historic events, the series anticipates tragedies that unfolded across Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.

Ukiyo-E to Shin Hanga 

Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Syracuse University Art Collection

Exhibition Dates: April 2 - May 18, 2019

This exhibition draws from the Syracuse University's collection of over 300 examples from this important and hugely influential art movement. Masters of this medium are represented, including the work of Utamaro, Kuniyoshi, Hokusai, Hiroshida, Tsuchiya Koitsu and Yoshida Hiroshi. The prints exemplify the soft, painterly style that is synonymous with the Japanese woodcut, and illustrates the wide range of subjects from courtesans to Kabuki theater and the Japanese landscape.