Hite Art Institute presents exhibition that considers summer break

    Venus, by Arthur Werger

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This summer, Hite Art Institute presents “Summer Breaks: Labor, Leisure, Lust” an exhibition of prints from the institute’s permanent collection that explores notions of American downtime.

    In this exhibition, breaks—whether from work, to the beach, or into a good book—offer departures from the ordinary into the unconventional and even the erotic. Yet as the prints reveal, such departures are only possible due to other forms of labor or exploitation.

     “Summer Breaks” was curated by Ash Braunecker, Hunter Kissel and Madison Sevilla as part of a critical and curatorial studies seminar taught by Chris Reitz, assistant professor of critical and curatorial studies and gallery director of Hite Art Institute.

    “The exhibition showcases the incredible breadth of the Hite Art Institute’s print collection, but perhaps more important than that, it demonstrates the tremendous creativity and thoughtfulness of our curatorial students. It’s really a remarkable show,” said Reitz. 

    The critical and curatorial studies master’s program at Hite combines critical theory, contemporary art, history and practical exhibition experience to prepare students for work in exhibition development and art writing.

    “It was challenging working from the expansive permanent collection due to the sheer volume of prints and limited timeframe of the course,” said Madison Sevilla, critical and curatorial studies student. “But, we worked hard to present what I believe is a strong, cohesive and compelling show.” 

    The exhibition is May 19-Aug. 5 in Schneider Hall Galleries. The opening reception is 6- 8 p.m. May 19. Click here for directions and here for gallery hours.

    For more information, contact Reitz at cjreit02@louisville.edu.

    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.