Exhibit examines intent, tension of government-sponsored art


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “Inten(s)ion,” a University of Louisville student-organized exhibit of government-sponsored artwork from three countries, will go on display this spring at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Louisville.

    A 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. reception May 9 opens the free, public exhibit, which will be on display through June 23 in the Episcopal cathedra’’s parish hall, 421 S. Second St. The exhibition is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays; to make an appointment to see the exhibit during those hours, call Zachary Cavan at the cathedral, 502-587-1354.

    The artwork was made during the 1970s Cultural Revolution in China, 1950s-1970s Soviet era in Russia and 1930s Great Depression in the United States. The U.S. pieces from photographers and printmakers hired by the Works Progress Administration and some others are from UofL’s Photographic Archives and the Hite Art Institute. Other pieces are from Asia Institute-Crane House and a private collector.

    The 27 pieces include offset prints, etchings, aquatints, woodcuts, linocuts, charcoal drawings, watercolors, oil painting and photography. The exhibit looks at the three countries’ differing interpretation of common themes: sport, children, work, family and interaction with government.

    Ten students worked on the group project as part of a curatorial methods class, under the direction of fine arts professors Peter Morrin and John Begley. The students are Jessica Kincaid, Stacey Reason, Taylor Crush, Savannah Darr, Amerisa Waters, Jennifer Fraley, Amanda Chiara, Brandon Dyer, Chelsea Lockhart and Mary Anne Wallace.

    For more information, contact Peter Morrin at 502-852-2361 or peter.morrin@louisville.edu

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.