• Museum of Art, UNH, The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times and Emily Mason: To Another Place

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    October 10, 2019
    Two new exhibitions The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times and Emily Mason: To Another Place will be on view at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire October 24 - December 14, 2019. A reception takes place on Wednesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The Museum of Art and programs are open to the public free of charge. Additionally, the Department of Theatre and Dance will host opening night of The Odyssey: A new adaptation written by Professor David Richman. The production will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday October 30, at the Johnson Theatre. Tickets are available at www.unharts.com or 603-862-7222. This play was produced as part of a special collaboration with the Museum of Art and Department of Art and Art History.
    The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times
    Fifteen women artists, all members of a long-running book group, were inspired to create art in response to Emily Wilson’s remarkable new translation of The Odyssey; the first English translation by a woman. The artists explore in different styles and media the characters and topics covered in Homer’s ancient poem: the meaning of home; the near impossibility of returning home; loyalty; families; migrants; war; poverty; identity; transformation. Participating artists include, Nancy Berlin, Ruth Fields, Carol Greenwood, Jane Kamine, Colleen Kiely, Marilyn Levin, Jennifer Moses, Karen Moss, Sterling Mulbry, Carla Munsat, Ellen Rich, Judy Riola, Civia Rosenberg, Sandra Stark and Brenda Star.
    Additional exhibition programming, Artists Talk: The Odyssey Project: An Old Story for Modern Times: Ruth Fields, Jane Kamine, Colleen Kiely, Jennifer Moses and Sterling Mulbry. Join us to hear how artists created a visual response to Emily Wilson’s fresh perspective in her newest translation of Homer’s Odyssey. The talk will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 12:10- 1:10 p.m. in the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center. On Wednesday, December 11, 12:10-1 p.m., Lecture: Coming Home and Being Home in Homer’s Odyssey. Join us as Dr. Stephen Trzaskoma, Director, Center for the Humanities, discusses the ancient Greek concept of home and the hardships Odysseus and his family endure during his journey to return home after the Trojan War. This lecture will take place in room A218, Paul Creative Art Center.
    Emily Mason: To Another Place
    This exhibition traces the artistic arc of a career of a painter who encounters the world as a seamless aesthetic experience. Mason revels in the beauty of paint itself. She explores and exploits it materiality, pushing technique to the edge. She possesses a remarkable constancy of vision supported by an increasingly nuanced mastery of paint and form. This exhibition was organized by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
    Emily Mason was born and raised in New York City. Her art education began at home with her mother Alice Trumbull Mason, a founding member of the American Abstract Artists. Mason is a graduate of New York City’s High School of Music and Art, and also attended Bennington College and the Cooper Union. In 1956 she was awarded a two-year Fulbright grant to paint in Venice, Italy. There she studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti where she first experimented with blotting and transferring paint onto the surface of the canvas. During her time in Venice, she married the painter Wolf Kahn.
    Mason is known for her work in color field painting and abstraction. She has regularly shown in New York City and taught painting at Hunter College for more than 25 years. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.
    “When I start a picture I like to use the medium as directly as I can . . . [this] puts me in a state of mind which avoids pictorial constraints. I try to use paint for its brilliance, transparency, opacity, liquidity, weight, warmth and coolness. These qualities guide me in a process which will determine the climate of the picture. All the while I work to define spatial relationships, resulting in certain kinds of places. I cannot name them but know intuitively when they appear.”— Emily Mason
    Additional exhibition programming for Emily Mason: To Another Place include: Curator Talk: Wednesday, December 4, 12:10-1 p.m., Chief Curator, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Mara Williams discusses works on view, Museum of Art. All programs are free and open to the public.
    Top Image credit: Karen Moss, Circe's Powers, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22” x 30”
    Bottom image credit: Emily Mason, Bust with Majesty, 1975, oil on paper, framed 20” x 40”, Gift of Louis Newman of the David Findlay, Jr. Gallery, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2015.2.1
    Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire is located at 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH. Museum hours: Monday- Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10-4 p.m., Saturday-12-4 p.m., closed Sundays and University holidays.  The University will be closed Nov 11, Nov 28–29, 2019. Follow the Museum of Art on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Sara Zela, Education & Communication Manager
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