Martin Art Gallery

What's the good of Mercator's North

Poles and Equators?

Curated by Alastair Noble

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Drift 1994, 17 min, colour, sound, 16mm [still] Chris Welsby

January 20 – February 20, 2016
Artist Talk: January 27 4:30pm in the Martin Art Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday January 20 4:30 – 6:30pm

The Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College is pleased to present What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators? Curated by Alastair Noble. This multidisciplinary exhibition be on view January 20 through February 20, 2016 with a public reception occurring Wednesday, January 20, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Additionally, the public is invited to join us in the gallery for a talk featuring the curator, on Wednesday January 27, from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

This exhibition presents six artists that are engaged in mapping through intensive research of either the land or sea or both but without conforming to any “conventional signs” other than those they have invented. In this case the artist’s tabula rasa transforms into a personal meditation on place, evoking both palpable and mythological sites presented through varied media.

Works on display include US and international artists David Faithfull, Cathy Lane, Paul Martin, Brian Nissen, James Walsh and Chris Welsby, and the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog and essay by the Curator.

Now on display in the Galleria:

In the Baker Galleria space we are highlighting works from the collection: Lucien Clergue and Ralph Gibson in the Galleria space through end of February.

In Baker Center for the Arts Atrium:

Works on loan by Jen Huh and Dan Golden will remain on display through June 2016.  Jen is showing God's eyes, a large scale installation adjacent to pitched glass atrium ceiling, while Dan has created a new mural work situated near the Paul C. Empie Theater entrance.  

Upcoming events:

  • February 24th, 7 - 8pm: Dan Golden and Jen Huh Artist talk in the Recital Hall, in Baker Center for the Arts
  • March 2016: The Guardian, works by Joy Mckinney in the Galleria space

The Martin Art Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 8pm, and The Martin Art Gallery's Galleria Space is open Monday - Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00pm*.  All of our exhibitions and programming are free and open to the public.  For further information, please visit, or call us at 484 664 3467

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