Gallery Exhibits ‘The Uneven Terrain of America’s History'
The exhibit examines the recent collages, book-constructions and installations of New York based artist Randy Williams.
Weston, Mass. – "The Uneven Terrain of America’s History," the third of three art exhibitions exploring themes of social justice, examines racism through the personal observations of New York-based artist, Randy Williams. The show opens on March 30 with a reception on Thursday April 9 (4-7:00 p.m.) in the Thompson Gallery at The Cambridge School of Weston.
"The Uneven Terrain of America’s History," curated by Todd Bartel, spans two galleries in The Cambridge School of Weston’s sprawling Garthwaite Center for Science and Art. “The show examines the provocative installations, collages and book constructions of Randy Williams, whose work chronicles, exposes and examines racism in many forms,” Bartel said. The separate room installation “Irrational Acts of Inclusion/Rational Acts of Exclusion” will run the first five weeks only (March 30 to April 30), in the Garthwaite’s specialized gallery known as “Installation Space,” while the Thompson Gallery exhibit itself runs through June 15.
Randy Williams, is a well-seasoned and well-celebrated African-American artist living in West Harrison, New York, and a professor at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY (Studio Art Department Chairman 1992-1998). Williams also lectures and teaches at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Office of Student and Teacher Programs, New York, NY. Williams has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the American Academy in Rome Fellowship, The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the arts sculpture Fellowships. Additionally, in 2007, Williams was awarded the New York State Art Teachers Association, Region 7 Art Educator of the Year Award, adding to a long list of many other Educational awards.
“The expanded palette and the specificity of Williams materials cannot go unnoticed,” Bartel said. “His conceptual juxtapositions render injustices, experienced and researched, with objective and guileless critical perceptions. Viewing and considering his work is tantamount to being swept up by the gravity of an intervening force—what is revealed demands attention, great care, sobering acknowledgement and subsequent work.”
Williams, who originally was trained in science and medicine, found art at a time when he was able to translate the racism he experienced “without anger,” Williams said. “When I was young I was restrained and incapable of correcting injustices inflicted upon me. Now that I am stronger and have the capacity to view the world differently, I often use my artwork to comment on a personal history.” “I have lived long enough that I deserve to be able to make statements about the things I have observed,” he said.
"The Uneven Terrain of America’s History," opens March 30, and runs through June 15, 2009. A special evening lecture, which is open to the public, will take place Monday, May11, 7-8:30 p.m.
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