What’s happening on Thursdays this fall at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University? Just about everything, and all of it free and open to the public.
“We want people to know that there is always something happening at the Fine Art Museum on Thursdays. There’s something for everyone – the Crafty, the Film Buff, the Foodie and always, the Art Lover,” said Denise Drury, the WCU museum’s interim director.
First up is a reception Sept. 15 in the Star Atrium (adjacent to the museum) for an exhibit by painter John Lytle Wilson titled “The Gods of the Machine.” An interview with the artist is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the wine and appetizer reception to start at 5 p.m.
Wilson, of Birmingham, Ala., draws inspiration in the power of images used to attract, convert and sell, from advertising and product design to museum pieces and iconography. Wilson explores issues such as consciousness, free will and mortality using animal and robot imagery rather than traditional human subjects. The show will run through Friday, Sept. 30.
Other receptions at the museum this fall: 5 p.m. Oct. 20, a reception for art collectors Rob and Leigh Anne Young (with an interview with the collectors scheduled for 4 p.m.); 5 p.m. Nov. 17, a reception for the Bachelor of Fine Art portfolio exhibit; and 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, a reception for the Master of Fine Art Theses exhibit by Lauren J. Whitley and Scott Hubener.
The second annual Handmade Holiday Sale, featuring all handmade items by artists from campus and community members, will be held Nov. 10. The sale hours are 3 to 7 p.m., with appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. All items are priced at less than $100 and include scarves, ceramics, jewelry, knitted wear, soaps, note cards and more.
Also on the Fine Art Museum calendar this fall is a series of “FAM Films,” curated by Seth McCormick, an art history professor in the WCU School of Art and Design. The series focuses on a particular artistic movement or aesthetic theory or contribute significantly to the field of visual arts. The films are free and will begin at 5:15 p.m. in Room 130 of Bardo Arts Center. The films are as follows:
- Sept. 22, “Splitting,” “Bingo/Ninths” and “Substrait (Underground Dailies),” films by Gordon Matta-Clark, an American sculptor, filmmaker, photographer and draughtsman who worked in New York in the mid-20th century.
- Sept. 29, “Un Chien Andalou,” a 1929 silent, short film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.
- Oct. 6, “Frantz Fanon: Black Skins, White Masks” (1996) by Isaac Julien, a look at the life and work of Frantz Fanon, a psychoanalytic theorist and activist who was born in Martinique, educated in Paris and worked in Algeria.
- Oct. 27, “Heidi” (1992), by Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley, based on the children’s story by Johanna Spyri with the intention, according to McCarthy, to “create convoluted associations between Heidi, the purity myth in America and Europe and the media view of family life, horror movies and ornamentation.”
- Dec. 1, “Prime Time in the Camps” (1993), by Chris Marker, looks at Bosnian refugees who live in the ruins of an army barracks in Slovenia and gain their knowledge of world events from pirated signals from media outlets.
- Dec. 8, “The Ister” (2004), by David Barison and Daniel Ross, based on the work of influential and controversial 20th century philosopher Martin Heidegger.