The Founder’s Hall Art Gallery displays several art exhibits throughout the school year. Artists using different mediums are invited to exhibit their work for 4-6 weeks. In May, UW-Manitowoc art students finish the year by showing their works.
The gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact Berel Lutsky, Associate Professor of Art, at 920-683-4735 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Carlson "Aparecido!"
November 8 - December 12
Visit Brian Carlson's Aparecido website.
Between the years 1976 and 1983 approximately 30,000 Argentinian citizens were abducted, taken to secret detention centers, tortured and murdered in a systematic campaign of genocide. The military junta then in power, performed this action with impunity, brazenly arresting whomever they chose and imprisoning them without trial or Habeus Corpus. Prisoners were sadistically tortured as a form of terror, and finally the attempt was made to disappear them, either by burial after execution in mass graves or by dropping them, drugged but alive, from planes into the sea. No one was safe. Tortured victims often named anyone they could think of to stop the pain. Arrests became almost arbitrary, thereby enhancing the terror. Ironically, cynically, the action was billed as a "War Against Terror."
My memorial is a commitment to paint portraits of any of the victims of whom I can obtain a photograph. Online, about 1200 photos are accessible on the Wall of Memory site in Argentina. As awareness grows of this project, survivors are contacting me with photos asking me to include their brother, their lover, their friend who was disappeared in the installation. I am honored to do so.
My intention in creating Aparecidos, is first to honor the beautiful people who's human rights were trampled with complete disdain, who's final months or days in life were spent in unimaginable levels of suffering and terror, and who were subjected to a state wide campaign to "disappear" them entirely. Referred to in Argentina as the "Desparecidos," the Disappeared, in titling my work "Aparecidos," I hope to symbolically reappear them, and to help with the effort to re-member them. Secondly, as a long time educator in the arts, I intend the work to be educational...to disseminate information about Argentina's specific genocide but to call attention to current genocidal campaigns as well. Finally I hope that "Aparecidos" is a warning. The dynamic that occurred in Argentina was not isolated. It has happened before and has happened since. Understanding the dynamic, in all the guises it may appear, is vital toward the goal of "Nunca Mas," (never more), heralded by contemporary Argentines.
The exhibit in the gallery features Carlson's latest set of portraits, a large group portaits of a "disappeared" family, a projected animation, and explanatory texts. Aparecidos! will be discussed by Carlson, and Prof. Berel Lutsky at the UW Manitowoc Faculty Colluquium on friday Nov. 22 at 3:30 in H102.
Dec. 13 - Feb. 3 UW-Manitowoc Student Work from the Fall Semester
Feb. 8 - Feb 28 - Prints from 24 Hours of Art
March 3 to April 3 - "Steampunk" - Joan Sonnier Emmett
April 3 to May 8 - Gregory Martens - Printmaker
May 15 to July 4 - UW-Manitowoc Student Work from Spring Semester