YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio— June 30, 2014—The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College is pleased to invite the public to a gallery reception and presentation by photographer/digital montage artist Stephen Marc on Friday, July 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Herndon Gallery.
Marc will discuss his use of archival documents and images as well as extensive research in his creative process. Marc constructs compelling layered narratives made up of his panoramic photographs of historical landscapes interwoven with found remnants of the past—racially charged caricatures and cartoons, trade cards, illustrations and slave documents. The results are challenging, visually charged images of the places and remnants of the African Diaspora. In his artist statement, Marc writes, “My work is an interpretive relocation of, and commentary on, the limited representations and accounts of the black experience, into the early years of the 20th century, that were usually defined from outside the community. My intent is to allow the haunting of the past to symbolically resurface providing a layered contextualization of what was…”
Marc is one of two highly established artists invited to anchor the current exhibition, Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change—Activate Now!, co-curated by Dennie Eagleson, former creative director of the Herndon Gallery, and Raewyn Martyn, visiting professor of visual arts at Antioch College.
The exhibition connects contemporary viewers to Antioch College's powerful legacy of change-making, activism and progressive social justice leadership through its' archives—sound clips, videos, zines, manifestos and photographs that document action in civil rights, environmental, political, LGBT and women's rights issues. Alongside the shared archives, the show features work by invited artists, Stephen Marc and Ken Jacobs, both of who work with archival images.
Marc, winner of the Gibbes Museum 2009 Factor Prize for Southern Art, earned his MFA from Temple University in 1978 and is a professor of art at Arizona State University, having previously taught at Columbia College in Chicago for more than 20 years. Marc's work has been featured in many exhibitions including Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art at the Gibbes in 2008; Constellation, an invitational exhibition of the Center for Photography at Woodstock; and three exhibitions which were accompanied by book publications: Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Game Face: Women in Athletics at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for African History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Filmmaker, Ken Jacobs' work co-anchors the archive-rich exhibition. Jacobs, a pioneer in the creative use of archival images, is one of few living artists whose work has been recognized by the Library of Congress as a part of the National Film Registry. A distinguished professor emeritus and founder of the cinema department at SUNY Binghamton, Jacobs' work has shown at MOMA, the Louvre and the Getty Center.
The Herndon Gallery is located on the first floor of South Hall on the campus of Antioch College. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00–4:00 p.m. and for special events as posted. The gallery will be closed July 4 and 5 for the holiday weekend.
About Antioch College
Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.