On view now
January 15 – March 13, 2016
An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art
Leech, Hoffmaster & Kohler Galleries
Curated by Professors Rob Neilson (studio art) & Ben Tilghman (art history)
Over the past ten years, a growing number of artists have been creating works of unabashed beauty, a marked reversal from the denigration of beauty often evident in previous decades. Many of these artists pursue beauty through patterns and abstract designs. An Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art brings together five nationally recognized artists who explore the ways which pattern, beauty, and craft intersect. Together, they not only highlight the many forms that beauty can take, but also point towards complex cultural themes such as ethnic identity, gender, and humans’ relationship with the natural world. These are works that challenge the mind as they delight they eye. More...