LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2014) — "What Dreams May Come," an exhibition curated by University of Kentucky art history graduate students Courtney Anich and Alisa Reynolds depicts a range of subliminal subjects — from angelic dreams to violent nightmares, and everything in between. The exhibition runs through May 11, at the Art Museum at UK, and is free and open to the public.
As part of their work as interns in the registration department of the university's art museum, Anich, from Pataskala, Ohio, and Reynolds, from Henrico, Va., have curated a show that includes a wide variety of styles and media by international artists working in the late 19th to the 21st centuries.
At the beginning of the 20th century, artists became especially fascinated with depicting the inner workings of the human mind. Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s "An Interpretation of Dreams" (1899) and other theories and discoveries, surrealist artists began to create worlds in which everyday reality is replaced with strange and mysterious interpretations of the subconscious. The appeal of this subject continues into the present day.
The title of the exhibition, "What Dreams May Come," is derived from one of William Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies. The tragic hero Hamlet muses:
To die, to sleep—
To sleep—perchance to dream; ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
"Our interns learn so much by doing. Their projects can range from database entry; unpacking, examining and photographing artwork; to curating small exhibitions like this one. We are so proud of Courtney and Alisa's accomplishments during the last semester and feel that their hands-on experience will be vital for their future job searches," said Barbara Lovejoy, registrar at the Art Museum at UK.
Similar to Anich and Reynolds' exhibition, a video by another UK student also aims to highlight the museum's collection, as well as note its valuable services to students.
"Its purpose is to showcase the beauty and the benefits of the museum to the Kentucky students that don't know much about it," said human health sciences freshman Maggie Kelly, of Union, Ky., who completed the video as a part of her WRD 110 course with Owen Horton.
Kelly chose to make the video about the Art Museum at UK as part of a class project that asked students to spotlight an area of campus that many university students don't know about. She had discovered the museum after seeing the sign outside the Singletary Center and was amazed by the art.
The freshman hopes her video will educate her fellow students on not only the university's extensive art collection but also about the museum's campus and community services, fundraisers, internships and quiet study space.
"I gained a space that I can come to in between classes to take a breather and view some amazing art. It's a treasure that UK students should take advantage of," Kelly said.
Kelly's video project on the Art Museum at UK can be found online on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/9PLz0zl_3QU.
The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission to all exhibitions on display is free for all students, UK faculty, staff and alumni.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.
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