Symbolic Narrative: An Exhibition in Two Parts

March 4–25, 1987
April 8–28, 1987
Beaver College Art Gallery


The Beaver College Art Gallery is pleased to present "Symbolic Narrative" at the Spruance Art Center, Easton and Church Roads. Supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Forum Committee, the exhibition focuses on the works of eight contemporary artists.


"Symbolic Narrative, Part I" features four artists, which photography by Dianne Blell; paintings by Roger Brown; and sculptures by Charles Simonds and Mia Westerlund-Roosen. Simonds will present a lecture on Wednesday, March 4, 1987 at 7:30 PM in Grey Towers Castle, followed by a reception in the Gallery at 8:30 PM. Jack Davis, chairman of Beaver's Departmet of Fine Arts, will give a lecture on Sunday, March 15, at 1:30 PM in the Gallery.

"Each artist, through the use of representation or abstraction, creates multiple layers of meaning, inspiring associations related to the physical universe, history, society, and religion," said Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to see these dramatic and powerful works of art together within the context of this theme. Beaver College takes great pride in presenting this show to the region."

Simonds, Blell, Westerlund-Roosen, and Brown all have been the subject of numerousone-person and group exhibitions and have exhibited in major museums and art galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.


The second exhibition, "Symbolic Narrative, Part II", opens on Wednesday, April 8, 1987 with large-scale paintings by Mark Kostabi, Todd Siler, and Komar and Melamid. Siler will present a lecture at 7:30 PM that day, followed by the opening reception in the Gallery.

"The show's title provides a focus for viewing this group of paintings," said Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "The paintings range from the rich and varied uses of images and techniques in the works of Komar and Melamid, to the highly stylized and austere figures by Kostabi, to an installation by Siler where he attempts to explore the nature of human thought."

Komar and Melamid, Kostabi, and Siler al have been the subject of numerous one-person, joint and group exhibitions and have shown in major museums and art galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Komar and Melamid, who work as a team on the creation of their art, have exhibited in such museums and galleries as the The Modern Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Portland Center for Visual Arts, Oregon; and Galerie Bama, Paris.

Kostabi's work has been widely seen in the Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles; California State University; Hal Bromm Gallery, Los Angeles; Austrailian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan; and Soho Center for Visual Arts, New York.

Siler has exhibited in the Galerie France, Montreal; Gallery Takagi, Nagoya, Japan; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; The MIT Museum and Historical Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia. His works are represented in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Whitehead Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Komar and Melamid, Kostabi, and Siler's works are shown courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York.

Both exhibitions and all lectures are open to the public, and admission is free.