Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition examines the ways in which artists have used the human body as a provocative tool of expression.
Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition examines the ways in which artists have used the human body as a provocative tool of expression. Cropped, abstracted, veiled, and even erased, fragmented figures depicted in works by artists as varied as Alexander Archipenko, Bill Jacobson, John Singer Sargent, Beverly Semmes, Edward Weston, and Francesca Woodman suggest that the part is often more evocative than the whole. Avoiding precise likenesses and full disclosure, the artists gathered here employ blurred forms, truncated torsos, masked faces, and empty dresses to variously present the body as a site for not only visual experimentation, but also defining individual identity, constructing and challenging notions of gender and sexuality, and negotiating power.
Additional time info:
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Closed Mondays, national holidays, December 24, and the month of August.
Parking is available on Chapel Avenue, and in the parking lot between Cochran Chapel and the Andover Inn (across the street from the Addison on Chapel Avenue). Nearby on-street parking is available on Bartlet Street. A second parking lot is available behind Graves Hall, across Main Street (accessible via School Street).