Gallery to feature 'Italian American Family Album,' faculty work

SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will open two free exhibits Friday, Oct. 22, one celebrating Italian American immigrants, the other featuring the work of faculty.

Thomas MacPherson.“Thomas MacPherson—Documenti: The Italian American Family Album” will run through Nov. 20, and will include an artist’s gallery talk during the opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

The art department faculty’s exhibit, featuring diverse styles, media and depth of investigation in recent works, also will run Oct. 22 to Nov. 20. Potential media may include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, graphic design, digital and Web-based media, printmaking and book arts.

The interactive, collaborative Italian American installation studies the life of an immigrant household during the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s through a series of rooms that capture the look of MacPherson’s grandmother’s house.

“The installation encapsulates the experience of dispersal and fragmentation that characterizes the diasporic condition, and captures the look and feel of growing up Italian,” said MacPherson, an alumnus of SUNY Oswego who teaches art at SUNY Geneseo

The artist said each installation of the “Italian American Family Album” is unique, “because of the manner in which it conforms to the physical space in which it is presented, and the addition of new paintings and furnishings.”

The exhibit will include egg tempera paintings arranged like artwork on the wall of a house. It also will feature interactive components, which could include music, Italian cookies to sample, favorite family recipes to take home and video storytelling about the Great Depression and immigrant assimilation.

SUNY Oswego’s Artswego and the Student Art Exhibition Committee support the exhibit.

For more information, contact the gallery office at 315-312-2113.

PHOTO CAPTION: Thomas MacPherson, SUNY Oswego alumnus and an art teacher at SUNY Geneseo, will present his “Documenti: Italian American Family Album” Oct. 22 to Nov. 20 at Tyler Art Gallery on Oswego’s campus.

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(Posted: Oct 07, 2010)

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