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On view January 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015
exhibition Fractured Narratives features
contemporary art that addresses today’s global issues, including privacy,
modern warfare, the environment, and freedom of expression. This selection of
film, photography, painting, sculpture, and sound art by famous and emerging artists
invites visitors to reflect upon the ambiguities of modern, fragmented
accounts. These current intercontinental and cross-cultural stories supplement
and enhance the largely historical world art collection at the David Owsley
Museum of Art.
the exhibition catalogue, curators Amy Galpin and Abigail Ross Goodman state
that they selected works by artists who “purposefully avoid didactic or direct
polemical expression as they take on social, political, or cultural content to
create opportunities for a challenging, uncomfortable, and nuanced
consideration of their subjects.”
example, Maya Lin’s delicate sculpture, Silver
Thames (2012), represents England’s most
precious and fragile river ecosystem. Similarly, Alfredo Jaar’s hypnotically
gorgeous film Muxima (2005) —which takes its title from an
Angolan folk song that means heart —confronts that country’s legacy of
colonialism, war, and AIDS through music and image.
Fractured Narratives draws much of its content from the
Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College in Winter Park,
Florida. By partnering with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins, the Owsley
brings recent work by international artists to the Ball State community and the
city of Muncie. The artists include: Dawoud Bey, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer,
Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga,
“Moris” Israel Moreno, Rivane Neuenschwander, Trevor Paglen, Sandra Ramos, and
hope that Fractured Narratives inspires students, faculty, and residents
to question and discuss the challenges of our increasingly interconnected
world,” says Director Robert G. La France. Throughout the spring semester, the
exhibition will be enriched by talks and performances. La France adds, “although
this show is temporary, the illustrated catalog will allow visitors to engage
with the exhibition’s art and ideas long after the videos fade to black.” This
exhibit and associated programming are supported by the John R. Emens
Distinguished Professorship Fund.
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