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William Morris, American, born 1957. Zande Man, 2001. Blown glass, steel stand. 26 x 16 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.120. Photo credit: Douglas Schaible Photography

Double Take

October 26, 2019 - February 23, 2020

Harris - Burger Gallery

Artists often manipulate the properties of one medium to appear like something else and use the medium to question the subject matter. The contemporary objects in this exhibition build on the historical tradition of trompe l’oeil, which translates from French to “deceive the eye.” While some artists intentionally try to make one material look like another, others are simply exploring the versatility of the medium. These works, such as Robin by Margaret Keelan, employ tradition as inspiration, mimicking objects made in different mediums from various cultures. 

From the Exhibition

  • Steven Montgomery, American, born 1954. Test Site, 2006. Painted ceramic, 23 × 27 × 8 in. (58.4 × 68.6 ×20.3 cm). Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp 2008.325

  • David Giese, American, born 1944. Arcadia Personified, 1992. Concrete, painted and mixed media. 79 x 60 x 16 inches. Gift of Ethan Karp, 2010.243

  • Margaret Keelan, Canadian, born 1948. Robin, 2008. Ceramic. 25 x 5 x 6 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2016.34

  • Thomas Pfannerstill, American, born 1951. Budweiser (Box), 1995. Acrylic on wood. 16 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 1 inches. Gift of the Friends of Modern Art, 1998.4