Every two years we welcome all of Moore's alumni to submit work for a juried exhibition—this year's show, Rare Visions & Restless Revelations, is organized by Morgan Hobbs, Assistant Director of Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia.
The works selected for this exhibition construct two adjacent realms of creative exploration. One set is deeply felt, emotional, corporeal, and physical. The other escapes into a disembodied land of idealism and fantasy. While these thematic distinctions are not always mutually exclusive, the works are loosely grouped and separated by the conjoined gallery spaces at Moore College of Art & Design. This exhibition presents paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, videos, wearable artworks, and functional designs from over 50 Moore alumni.
The title of the exhibition is taken from a Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) show titled, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations. Each episode is a short road trip across a part of the United States. The hosts stop at outsider art displays, roadside attractions, and small, hyper-specific museums. Light-hearted and humorous, the series evolves to tell a story about the people and culture of the area, what they care about, and what’s worth creating and maintaining in their environment. Likewise, the works in this exhibition forge pathways leading to deeper understandings of shared humanity, and gesture toward possibilities that are at times joyful, serene, and idyllic.
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Image: Jessa Eiser (BFA Fine Arts '08), Never Silence a Queen, 2022, Acrylic on Canvas. Courtesy of the artist.