TROY — The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College announces “One Leaf Does Not a Cypress Make,” an exhibition by Philadelphia photographer Shawn Theodore.
The exhibit will be on view Sept. 13 to Oct. 20, along with “Garden,” an ongoing, site specific installation by Thomas Lail, a professor in the fine arts department at the college.
Theodore will discuss his work Thursday, Sept. 13, from 3-4 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. A reception follows from 4-6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery, located in the Administration Building on the Troy campus. Both events are free and open to the public.
Shawn Theodore (1970, Stuttgart) makes photography, sculpture, collage, performance art and installations. He is best known for his photographic works that are in direct response to his surrounding physical and spiritual environment, and utilizes everyday experiences as a creative “starting point.”
By contesting the division between the realm of memory and that of experience, Theodore reflects on the closely related subjects of archive and memory from an African-American perspective. The result is an examination of both the human need for “conclusive” stories and the question of whether visual anecdotes “fictionalize” history, particularly American history. These often are framed instances that might go unnoticed in their original societal and chronological context. But Theodore creates work in which the actual event has either yet to take place or has just ended: each moment evokes atmosphere and suspense, lending to his “Afromythology” narrative. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that will never take place.
Exhibitions in The Teaching Gallery are installed and assisted by students enrolled in Gallery Management courses and supported by the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media, the Cultural Affairs Program and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. Associate Professor Tara Fracalossi is gallery director.
The Teaching Gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1-7 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, please visit www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery.