Martin Art Gallery

The water between us remembers, so we carry this history on our skin... long for a sea-bath and hope the salt will heal what ails us
by Deborah Jack
August 31 - October 15, 2016

Opening reception: Wednesday August 31st, from 5-6:30pm
A public talk with the artist will be Wednesday September 14th, at 7:00pm, Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts at Muhlenberg College

the water between us remembers is a film installation that engages magical realism to explore the resonance of historical traumas on nature.  The project is an allegory where Memory, migration, trans-Atlantic slavery, borders, re-generation are themes that run throughout the work. The island represents a place that is both disconnected and connected, both history and the present. The sea is a space of hidden and unknown depth. What is the weight of the bodies lost at sea and how do bodies on shore honor the loss? Bodies lost during the Middle Passage of slavery and bodies lost at sea in current migrant crisis. Nature regenerates after the trauma and devastation of natural and man-made disasters. How do these sites of trauma become sites of healing?

Deborah Jack’s video/sound installation, photography, painting and text work explores trans-cultural existence, memory, the effects of colonialism and mythology through re-memory.

She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe including at the 2014 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, Western Michigan University, and El Museo del Barrio.   Deborah has put together two poetry collections, The Rainy Season (1997) and skin (2006) and has been published in The Caribbean Writer and Calabash.  Deborah Jack is an Assistant Professor of Art at New Jersey City University.


In Baker Center for the Arts Atrium:

Chicago based artist Jesse Mclean's Climbing 2009, is now on view in the Baker Center for the Arts. This time based work will remain on loan July through December 2016. Mclean will visit Muhlenberg in fall to give a public talk on her work November 9th, at 5 - 6:00pm, in the Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts.‌

Upcoming events and exhibitions:


Annual Alumni Art Exhibition

An exhibition of Muhlenberg Alumni Art Work featuring recent works; organized by Alumni Affairs and the Martin Art Gallery
August 26 - September 26 in our newly renovated Galleria Display Space
Reception:Saturday September 24, 2:00- 3:00pm

October 3 - November 13


Talk featuring the artist September October 19th 5 - 6pm in the Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts

Works on loan by Jen Huh and Dan Golden will remain on extended loan and are on view in the Baker Center for the Arts through the end of 2016. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling. Additionally Jennifer and Dan Golden collaborated on a new mural work, which is situated near the Paul C. Empie Theater.‌

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

Artists may submit an exhibition packet or proposal for consideration to the gallery. Packets should include contact information and web portfolio link. Our gallery mailing address is: Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, PA 18104. Proposals will be accepted on an ongoing/rolling basis, and prospective artists will be contacted by the gallery. Please do not submit original art work as the gallery cannot be responsible for caring for or returning unsolicited submissions. Promotional materials submitted for consideration will not be returned.

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