An exhibition titled “Parallax” will be co-hosted by the Allegheny Art Galleries and the Meadville Council on the Arts and will be on view from Sept. 5 to 26 at both venues.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Allegheny Art Galleries and the Meadville Council on the Arts will host concurrent receptions, including art, music and movement-based performances. Visitors are encouraged to attend both sites to experience the full scope of the event. The Allegheny Art Galleries are located on campus in the Doane Hall of Art next to the Henderson Campus Center. The Meadville Council on the Arts is located at 910 Market St.
The opening reception schedule includes:
* 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Experimental music at the Allegheny Art Galleries, and movement at the Meadville Council on the Arts. Each performance is live-streamed to the other venue, so visitors may choose where to view. Performances include the complete sonatas and interludes of John Cage performed by Douglas Jurs, and movement by Eleanor Weisman and Jay Hanes, with contributions from Allegheny students.
* 7:30 to 9 p.m.: Receptions at the Allegheny Art Galleries and Meadville Council on the Arts. Light fare and refreshments will be served at both locations.
“Parallax” describes the apparent shift in an object’s appearance when viewed from different locations. “This phenomenon aptly characterizes how an artwork’s meaning shifts when it moves from one venue to another, or how an artwork can be understood in divergent ways by multiple viewers,” says Paula Burleigh, director of the Allegheny Art Galleries.
“Parallax” invites visitors to explore two versions of a collaborative exhibition, installed at the Allegheny Art Galleries and the Meadville Council on the Arts, Burleigh says. It features artists on faculty at Allegheny College as well as artists from the greater Northwest Pennsylvania region.
“‘Parallax’ presents an exciting snapshot of contemporary art in Meadville,” says Shawn Washburn, director of the Meadville Council on the Arts.
Participating artists include Heather Brand, Margaret Brostrom, Bill Brunken, Eric Charlton, George Cooley, Heather Fish, Josh Gates, Amara Geffen, Jay Hanes, Dan Hunter, Douglas Jurs, John Mangine, Lawrence Graydon Minnis, Elyse Palmer, Byron Rich, George Roland, Richard Sayer, Richard Schindler, Gwen Singer, Ian F. Thomas and Eleanor Weisman.
Parallax is organized and curated by Burleigh, Washburn, and Claire Klima, Allegheny gallery assistant and summer research fellow.
Additional performances at the Allegheny Art Galleries will be held on Sept. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring Douglas Jurs, and on Sept. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., featuring Jurs, with “Draw a Straight Line and Walk It,” performed by Eleanor Weisman and Jay Hanes.
Photo Caption: Gwen Singer, U.S. Highway 41A, 2015