September 19, 2012

Interrogations, Interventions, and Modifications

Freedman Gallery at Albright College
Amanda C. Mathis, Foreclosure (131 Oley Street, Reading, PA), 2012. Home interior: Paneling, wallpaper, drywall, paint, linoleum flooring, wood flooring, ceiling tiles, molding, dimensions variable. C-print, 24 x 36 inches. Ed. 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

Freedman Gallery exhibit features artists and architecture
The Freedman Gallery at Albright College will present the exhibition Interrogations, Interventions, and Modifications: Four Artists Employ Architectural Strategies from September 20–November 11, 2012. The exhibition is curated by Erin Riley-Lopez, Freedman Gallery Curator. Events, which are free and open to the public, relating to the exhibition include:

Thursday, September 20, 4–5pm Artists’ Panel moderated by faculty member Newton A. Perrin, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 20, 5–7pm Opening Reception, Freedman Gallery

This past spring and summer four artists from New York City—Sonya Blesofsky, Tracey Goodman, Amanda C. Mathis and Alison Owen—came to Albright College for site-visits that would form the basis for the site-specific installations that are a part of this Freedman Gallery fall exhibition.

Based on those site-visits, as well as their own research, the artists created installations specifically tailored to the Freedman Gallery, the Albright College campus, and the larger Reading community. Using materials as varied as vellum, glue, graphite, fabric, concrete, plaster, stone, paint, clementines, frames, vitrines, pedestals, moving blankets, glass, house paint, thread, nails, and photographs, the works on view in this exhibition use architecture, whether residential or gallery, as a means of exploring space.

Blesofsky interrogates structures by replicating specific architectural elements of the iconic White Chapel building on the Albright College campus—the archway, the eaves and the clock tower—in vellum and graphite drawing, and strategically places them in various locations throughout the gallery.

Goodman intervenes in the gallery by embedding concrete steps and clementines in the walls while also installing skirts of floating orange fabric.

Mathis modifies a home in Reading revealing layers of materials such as paint, wallpaper, paneling and various types of flooring.

Owen uses everyday objects that she found in the Freedman Gallery, such as packing blankets and vitrines, to reconfigure standard museum display strategies.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color, comprehensive catalog.

To learn more about the exhibit please visit For information about programs for children and school groups please contact Beth Krumholz at 610 921 7776 or [email protected].

The Freedman Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts at Albright College on 13th and Bern Streets, Reading. For more information or disabled assistance, please call 610 921 7715. Exhibitions and programs in the visual arts at Albright College and the Freedman Gallery are proudly sponsored by The Silverweed Foundation in honor of Doris C. Freedman, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and its partner, the Berks Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Albright is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright College enrolls more than 1,650 undergraduates in traditional programs, 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs and 100 students in the master’s program in education.

Freedman Gallery
Albright College
Center for the Arts
13th and Bern Streets
PO Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234
T 610 921 7541

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