Recollection, Remembrance, and Inquiries at the Spencer Presentation GalleryBeverly, MA
-- Endicott College is pleased to announce the exhibition by faculty members Cynthia Roberts and Larry Volk in the Spencer Presentation Gallery, Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. This exhibition runs from now through October 11 with the reception taking place on Thursday, September 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
This exhibition contains works by both artists; Cynthia Roberts is a painter, and Larry Volk a photographer. Each artist embraces memories and place, inspired by childhood and recent sabbaticals.
Professor Cynthia Roberts’ new series of paintings The Inhabitants/Les Inhabitants
developed during her sabbatical peels back layers of the French city of Le Havre through individual visual inquiries into its people and places. Cynthia states, “In researching the heroic, poetic, and every day, I developed drawings of exact locations or events that then become translated into ink drawings on Plexiglas. The drawings are mounted on painted surfaces reminiscent of the changing theater of light that exists on a daily, even hourly basis over the water or harbor.”
In using map-like drawings, I’m interested in relieving the places identified of their cartographic responsibility to navigate, and instead transferring through them a sense of the embedded layers of this city as an identity that is centuries old and emergent."
Also on view will be video documentation of a collaborative work entitled The Diver
, created during her sabbatical period, between dance company French La BaZooKa and Roberts. The film premiered at the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art.
Professor Larry Volk’s film is titled The 4 Questions
, and was developed around a rare audiocassette recording in which his mother recalled what happened to her during the Holocaust. In the video work, her experiences are explored using Passover Seder as a framework. During the Seder, the ritual meal of Passover, the youngest child reads “The Four Questions” aloud. They reference the symbolic gestures of the Seder (such as eating bitter herbs and reclining in one’s chair) that recall the history of the ancient enslavement of the Jews and their escape to freedom. The Seder is an act of remembrance and calls upon the participants to recall and celebrate the history of the Jewish people.
According to Mr. Volk, “This work is about the tradition of recollection and remembrance in Jewish life and the seeming contradiction in my family: that we rarely recalled or recognized the most significant and pivotal event of our history. As a boy, the four questions I wished to ask at the Seder were about a different narrative that was shrouded in mystery: not the ancient Jews’ exodus from Egypt, but the great miracle of my mother’s survival.”
Print images complement Volk’s film. They are a further expression of the ambiguity surrounding his mother’s past and the difficult experience of trying to understand his family’s history.
“When inviting artists to exhibit together I am always amazed at how many connections can be made between the works and how their art tells stories. These two artists reveal historical and personal reflection, and the viewer will find both the artwork and video fascinating,” states Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts. Larry Volk adds, “Sharing my mother’s experience during the Holocaust through visual works is an act of remembrance, yet beyond this, my hope is that through this story the viewer will reflect on fragmentation, on loss, on adaptation, and on rebuilding.”
If you have any questions regarding the exhibition Expanding the Field: Cynthia Roberts | Larry Volk
, or any of the programming at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, please contact Kathleen J. Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at 978-232-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org