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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time in college, I took a Figure Drawing class to fulfill the 200 level of the gen ed requirement for arts.

And for whatever reason, it did not occur to me when selecting and registering for this class that Figure Drawing might include models of the unclothed variety. That's right, nakey.

All semester long, I concentrated on faces and studiously avoided drawing any body part not seen on little old ladies on their way to church. Including hands, because little old ladies sometimes wear gloves, and I can't draw hands to save my life.

Consequently, while my people inevitably had highly detailed facial features, their bodies looked vaguely amorphous and absolutely androgynous, which is probably why I got a C+ as my final grade.

The End

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is currently hosting a small, focused exhibition in the Northeast Bedroom Gallery. Titled "Looking At/Looking In: Bodies and Faces in Contemporary Prints", the exhibition features works from the collections of the Wake Forest Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art and Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

"Looking At/Looking In: Bodies and Faces in Contemporary Prints" was curated by seniors at Wake Forest University in The History of Prints course taught by Wake Forest Professor of Art Bernadine Barnes. The students organized the exhibition’s theme, selected the works, and wrote accompanying text panels with guidance from Barnes and Reynolda House Managing Curator Allison Slaby, a unique collaboration between Reynolda House and Wake Forest University.

This exhibit runs through through Aug. 8, 2010 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Wake Forest University Art History Department
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Alex Katz
Homage to Frank O’Hara: William Dunas, 1972
Nine color lithograph, 33 ¼ x 25 ½ in., gift of Barbara B. Millhouse
Art © Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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