Richard F. Brush Art Gallery to Present Fall Exhibits


The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will feature two exhibitions featuring works of art by notable Western artists, recent acquisitions by BIPOC women and artists, and photographs of necklaces worn by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, exhibited from Monday October 18 until Thursday December 9.

The exhibitions are open to the public and all visitors inside the art gallery are required to wear a mask. For up-to-date policies and guidelines on masking the St.Lawrence, please visit Always Forward website.

Looking Back, Looking to the Future: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of St. Lawrence University

Natasha Smoke Santiago, Water pollution, the problem and protectors, 2020,
handcrafted unglazed ceramic vase, SLU 2020.41

To welcome Kathryn A. Morris as 19th President of St. Lawrence University, Look back, look ahead will present selected works of art from the Gallery’s permanent collection created by notable Western artists of the past 75 years and recent acquisitions by BIPOC women and artists.

Looking back will present a range of modernist genres ranging from figurative drawing and landscape painting to pure abstraction, including works by several artists from the historical canon of Western art as well as unique drawings and paintings by 20th century artists century Milton Avery, Isabel Bishop, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Reginald Marsh, Henry Moore and David Smith.

Looking forward will feature ceramic vessels by Mohawk artists from Akwesasne, Katsitsionni Fox and Natasha Santiago Smoke, as well as a large quilt by Iakonikonriiosta depicting the story of Haudenosaunee creation. In addition, paintings by six indigenous Mexican artists from the Kjoaetzen Colectivo depict aspects of the Mazatec agricultural calendar with particular emphasis on the cultural importance of corn in order to nurture and protect ancestral wisdom. A selection of Japanese-style mokuhanga water-based prints made by contemporary women artists is also featured in the exhibition.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg necklaces: photographs by Elinor Carucci

white pearl collar

A South African pearl necklace Ruth Bader Ginsburg often wore.

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court and she regularly wore distinctive necklaces that encode the meaning in her dress. Ruth Bader Ginsburg necklaces: photographs by Elinor Carucci exposure will feature images of Ginsburg’s necklaces, commissioned by TIME magazine in 2020, from his early penchant for traditional lace frills to necklaces made of pearls, seashells and metalwork from around the world.

The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the exhibit welcoming Kathryn A. Morris as 19th President of St. Lawrence University, highlighting the connection between Ginsburg and Morris each being the second woman to hold their respective positions.

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Named in recognition of the generosity of Richard F. Brush ’52, the Gallery is an academic resource of St. Lawrence University. Rotating exhibitions showcase the visual arts and other forms of creative expression by regional, national and international artists. The gallery is free and open to the public during the academic year.

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