The Motion of Light in Water

August 26, 2019 to December 6, 2019
Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall

Water is a material, a metaphor, a social space.  A moving target for the camera’s eye, water appears and disappears as it changes shape and shifts from one state to another.  Tracking the movement of light across the surface of this most elusive subject, generations of photographers have faced challenges both technical and poetic.  Effects ranging from crisp focus to ghostly blur and moods that span the playful to the turbulent are on view in this exhibition of works from the LUAG permanent collection.  Photographs by Weegee, Stoumen, Kertész, Porter, Bourke-White, Dassonville, and others are included.


British Abstraction: Three Views

August 26, 2019 to May 22, 2020
Fairchild-Martindale Study Gallery, E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library

Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, William Scott

Abstraction has roots in the physical world.  Meaning literally drawn from, the term abstraction suggests a source from which line, color, and shape emerge.  While many American artists of the postwar period moved increasingly toward a rhetoric of pure disembodied form, their British counterparts embraced a relationship to the landscape.  In particular, the fishing town of St. Ives, Cornwall became a magnet for artists including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, and William Scott seeking inspiration from its coastal terrain, weather, and light.  Although thoroughly abstract, these works flicker with references to the horizon, deep space, crags, and boulders.  Their vibrant colors and geometric forms resonate with the experience of being grounded in time and space.  

Brit Pop Snapshot

August 26, 2019 to December 7, 2019
The Gallery at Rauch Business Center

Prints by Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Hughes, Patrick Caulfield

Hollywood movies, comic books, and pop music provided a flood of imagery to artists on both sides of the Atlantic hungry for pictures in a post-Abstract Expressionist world.  Pop Art began in Britain as artists of the 1950s turned a cool eye toward the excesses and mania of American consumer culture and celebrity. British Artists viewed the American Dream from an ocean away, and in light of their own postwar realities.  While responses to American pop culture remained central, British Pop artists like Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Hughes, and Patrick Caulfield infused their work with a sense of parody and ironic distance.

The Teaching Museum: Selections from the Permanent Collection

August 29, 2018 to December 8, 2019
Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Lehigh University Art Galleries is the Teaching Museum at Lehigh University. With a permanent collection of over 15,000 works of art spanning many cultures and eras, the mission of the museum is to inspire, develop, and promote visual literacy and cultural understanding, providing educational opportunities across all areas of study. Visit the galleries at the Zoellner Arts Center to view selections for the university’s world-class collection, including works by Pierre Bonnard, Wifredo Lam, Charles Burchfield, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden, Berenice Abbott, Salvador Dalí, Robert Rauschenberg, Henri Matisse, and others.

Scale Shift: Large and Small Works

January 21, 2019 to December 6, 2019
Siegel Gallery, Iacocca Hall, Mountaintop Campus

Scale is relative.  Large objects loom over us and overwhelm.  We shrink when confronted with a vast expanse, real or imaginary.  Conversely, as our relative size grows larger, we surround, engulf, and contain smaller forms like a suitcase, a baby, or a grain of rice.  Surprisingly, small spaces can also open portals to miniature worlds, while large forms can feel finite and contained.    Artists take these effects seriously.  Decisions about scale are often the first an artist makes when selecting the size of a canvas or a tool.  This exhibition features pairs of works with similar motifs that vary widely in scale.  Visitors are invited to experience their own changing perception of relative size and imaginary space as they view these large and small works from the LUAG permanent collection.