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Papillon d’amour

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017

Nicholas Provost, Belgian, 2003, 4 minutes

By subjecting fragments from Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon to a mirror effect, Provost creates an imaginative scene of a woman’s reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. This physical audio-visual experience produces skewed reflections upon love, its lyrical monstrosities, and a wounded act of disappearance.

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Nebula

January 1, 2017 - January 31, 2017

Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp, American, 2007, 9:45 minutes 

Nebula is a hallucinogenically immersive spectacle: a complex, long-form audiovisual composition, which pays playful homage to science fiction fantasies. Captured using stop-motion photography, objects made of glass, glitter and tulle, are nestled within a kaleidoscope of computer-generated imagery. By creating illusions of distant galaxies out of craft materials they highlight the imagination’s power to transform the banal into the infinite. 

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Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12
Pair of Cranes, late 19th century 
Jadeite
14 1/4 inches high, each 
Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.193.1-.2

Art of Jade

November 19, 2016 - July 30, 2017

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Since the Neolithic period, jade has been valued for its rarity as well as its beauty. Varying from pure white to dark black, deep green to vibrant red, the color of jade has endless aesthetic possibilities. The artworks in Art of Jade were made through patiently grinding and drilling for days, months, and even years. Little by little, the objects transformed from solid masses into works of art.

Because of the stone’s beauty, strength, and rarity, jade artworks have become symbols of social identity, hierarchy, status, wealth and power in both Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. This exhibition features over 70 objects from Mesoamerican cultures, dating back as early as 1800 BCE, and from China dating from 3,200 BCE.

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Bataille

April 1, 2015 - April 30, 2015

Belgian, 2003, by Nicolas Provost, 7 min.

In Bataille, fragments from the Akira Kurosawa's 1951 film Rashomon are subject to a mirror effect. The term rashomon refers to situations in which multiple eye-witnesses give conflicting testimonies. Bataillerecounts the story of a woman being raped and a man being murdered from various rashomon perspectives. The mirror effect turns each character on themself, reiterating that the rashomon can be self-serving and people see only what they want to see.

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