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Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art

March 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018

This exhibition explores the experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of the nonvisual in American art from the 1960s to today.

Introduction

This exhibition explores the experiential, psychological, and metaphorical implications of the nonvisual in American art from the 1960s to today. It asks why and how numerous visual artists, such as William Anastasi, Robert Morris, Joseph Grigely, and Lorna Simpson, challenge the primacy of vision as a bearer of perceptual authority. Representing a diverse group of sighted and unsighted creators, a range of sculptural, sound-based, and language-based artworks investigate the significance of embodied knowledge by exploring what resides on the other side of the visual field. Engaging senses often suppressed in the gallery and museum environment, they ask audiences to reflect upon the significance of what we cannot see, whether by choice, habit, or physiological limitations, in the world around us.

Works in the Exhibition

"Blind Time III,  No. 2," 1977, one of a suite of five lithographs, by Robert Morris. Williams College Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Gift of the artist, through the Williams College Artist-in-Residence Program. © 2017 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

"Blind Time III, No. 2," 1977, one of a suite of five lithographs, by Robert Morris. Williams College Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Gift of the artist, through the Williams College Artist-in-Residence Program. © 2017 Robert Morris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New ...

Visiting the Exhibition

March 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018

    Center Gallery, Halford Gallery, Media Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Focus Gallery