GVSU Arts Celebration Kick-Off Reception

Thursday, September 22, 2022
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Allendale Campus

As Is: Beauty and the Body in Contemporary Art

Haas Center for the Arts, University Art Gallery. Exhibition runs August 26  November 4, 2022.

GVSU Arts Celelbration kicks off its year with a tent reception 5-8 p.m. on September 22, 2022. The Art Gallery will also be open for viewing.

Our bodies are both personal objects and shared spaces. They allow us to physically experience the world and are also complex entities where concepts of beauty, self, gender, and identity intersect. Although there is a long history of artists engaging the human form, increasingly, contemporary artists have embraced the complexity and imperfection of the body as it is.

This exhibition, selected from a private collection in Chicago, brings together 19 artists from the last 25 years who actively engage the body and its changing role through their work. Drawing on historical and progressive approaches to figuration, they celebrate the body as a source of inspiration and challenge traditional notions of beauty and representation.

The images and renderings of bodies in this exhibition are not neutral. They reveal each artists motifs, beliefs, and passions and raise questions about how we represent ourselves publicly and privately in a world still saturated with idealized images of the body. More importantly, they provide meaning and help us see ourselves and how we see others within a culture that is increasingly conscious of age, race, gender, and status.

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Haas Center for the Arts, University Art Gallery and tent

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