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Aug. 28, 2002
OSWEGO -- Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego will begin its 2002-03 season with two exhibitions, "Ruth Gruber: Photographs as Witness 1944-1947" and "Off the Wall: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection," opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Tyler Hall on campus.
Sponsored by Auxiliary Services at SUNY Oswego, the Gruber exhibit will feature original photographs from 1944 through 1947 by the journalist and author. With camera, typewriter and notebooks, Gruber traveled to Italy, escorting nearly 1,000 refugees to a shelter at Fort Ontario in Oswego; visited Displaced Person camps in Germany and Austria; and climbed aboard the hospital/prison ships anchored in ports of France and Cyprus.
The exhibition was arranged to supplement the campuswide reading of her book "Haven," about the refugee camp in Oswego, which was selected under the Oswego Reading Initiative.
The images in the exhibition, organized by Rembrandt Exhibition Services in Los Angeles, are part of an archive of thousands of photographs taken by Gruber, who witnessed some of the milestone events of the 20th century. Her photograph of a swastika painted on a British flag aboard the prison ship Runnymede Park was reproduced in the July 1947 issue of Life magazine.
At the age of 23, writing for the New York Herald Tribune, Gruber was the first foreign correspondent allowed to enter the Soviet Union. She has covered war zones and developing countries from the Soviet Arctic to Israel, the Middle and Far East, and Ethiopia. The author of 14 books, she has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from her peers in the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
"Off the Wall: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection" will feature work by such well-known artists as Angelo DiPetta, John Gill, Bruno LaVerdiere, David MacDonald, Paul Sherman, Bill Stewart and Richard Zakin. The exhibition provides a representation of some of the three-dimensional work found in the collection of art at SUNY Oswego.
Tyler Art Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both exhibitions will continue through Oct. 5, though the galleries will be closed Sept. 16 for Yom Kippur.
Both galleries are wheelchair accessible. Those needing assistance, or anyone seeking additional information, can call the gallery office at 312-2113. All gallery programs are free and open to the public.
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