A Preview of Schmucker Art Gallery’s Fall Exhibitions

Banner for Keira Koch's exhibition, which will open in September (Photo courtesy of Schmucker Art Gallery)

Banner for Keira Koch’s exhibition, which will open in September (Photo courtesy of Schmucker Art Gallery)

By Jackie McMahon, Staff Writer

A new fall semester brings a new set of exhibits to Gettysburg College’s Schmucker Art Gallery. Schmucker Art Gallery provides students with opportunities to engage in discussions about important cultural events, research projects, and explore new topics in art.

The first of Schmucker’s new fall exhibitions is The Plains of Mars: European War Prints, 1500 – 1825, open from Sep. 4 to Dec. 7, with an opening reception on Sep. 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

There will also be a gallery talk with Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute Director, Pete Carmichael, on Oct. 25 at noon. The Plains of Mars will feature over 50 original prints on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including works from renowned artists such as Francisco de Goya, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, and Théodore Géricault. Each of these prints will focus on the cultural, social, and psychological effects of warfare, as well as heroism, brutality, and propaganda. Tours of the exhibitions will be led by students Melissa Casale ’19 and Bailey Harper ’19.

Also opening in Schmucker this fall is Face to Face: Carl Beam and Andy Warhol, running from Sep. 4 to Nov. 10. Face to Face was curated by student Keira Koch ’19, focusing on the representation of indigenous peoples in the works of American artist Andy Warhol and First Nations artist Carl Beam. The exhibition will address issues such as the appropriation of Native American cultures. Koch will be presenting a gallery talk on Sep. 19 at noon.

Finally, beginning this winter and continuing into spring is the exhibition The City: Art and Urban Environment, featuring works curated by students in the course Art History Methods, advised by Schmucker Art Gallery Director Shannon Egan. The exhibition will feature photographs, paintings and prints depicting the urban environment. The opening reception will take place on Dec. 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the exhibition’s gallery talk will occur on Dec. 6 at noon.

Catalogues with curatorial essays will be available at all exhibitions. Schmucker Art Gallery will be open from Tuesdays through Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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Author: Jackie McMahon

Jackie McMahon '21 enjoys writing OpEd and A&E articles for The Gettysburgian due to her strong opinions about everything and her borderline unhealthy obsession with television. In her free time, she likes to binge-watch shows on Netflix, post on her Tumblr blog, and attempt to write a novel. She is passionate about feminism, cats and anything with chocolate in it. Her ambition is to someday become a best-selling novelist or a journalist.

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