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Cultural blend reflected in SUArt Galleries exhibition 'Infinite Mirror'

January 12, 2011

SUArt Galleries

The SUArt Galleries has announced “Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity,” a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 40 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society. “Infinite Mirror” is on view at the SUArt Galleries from Jan. 25-March 20. An opening reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m.

2trees“The images reflect the complex dynamics between people and within the minds of individuals as they participate in and contribute to a composite, inestimable culture,” says Blake Bradford, “Infinite Mirror” curator and director of education for the Barnes Foundation. “We, as Americans, would need an infinite mirror to see our full reflection.”

American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino and Native American descent explore their heritage in this vivid and diverse exhibition, using a wide variety of media. The artists examine patriotism, communication, struggle for acceptance, being an American in the 21st century and more. Humor, heartache, anger, apprehension—all emotions are evoked by these works, raising questions about race, class, gender and age. Four main themes run through “Infinite Mirror”: self-selection, pride, assimilation and protest, providing audiences with the opportunity to re-examine both the story and storytellers of the quintessential “American dream.”

A panel discussion will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, from 3-5 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building

A softbound catalogue accompanies the exhibition, containing essays by the three exhibition curators, Bradford; Benito Huerta, curator and director of The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington; and Robert Lee, curator and executive director at Asian American Arts Centre in New York; and an introduction by Brandywine Workshop President Allen Edmunds. Produced by Artrain, the catalogue includes artist statements, biographies and full-color photographs. Teacher packets and a family guide are also available.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact SUArt Galleries at 443-4097, or

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