Join The Artinista Advisory for a catered lunch and an exclusive private tour of renown artist, Alison Saar's exhibition STILL, at The David C. Driskell Center at The University of Maryland, College Park. Lunch and networking beginning at 12:30 pm, followed by a tour of the exhibition by Dorit Yaron, Deputy Director, of the The David C. Driskell Center.
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About the Exhibition
ALISON SAAR: STILL...,a collection of 11 sculptures created by artist Alison Saar, includes works from 2010 to 2012 and combines the ruggedness of nature with solid structure; the exhibition includes four never-exhibited works and six new pieces. The exhibition opened at the Driskell Center on Thursday, September 12, 2013 and will stay on display through Friday, December 13, 2013.
Alison Saar’s work is deeply tied to her multiracial heritage, and it is through this lens which she so strikingly captures the human spirit. Through her sculptures, she displays the primal intensity of people underlying the civility of everyday life. Saar scrutinizes bigotry and historical burdens and portrays these concepts through a visual and kinesthetic tension, common in many of her pieces. One such powerful piece titled Weight shows a young black girl on a swing, weighed down with shackles, a lock and key, boxing gloves and other assorted items on a cotton scale. In his May, 1993 art review, Alison Saar: Big Ideas and Considerable Skill, LA Times art critic Christopher Knight likened the originality of her work to Michelangelo.
Saar’s use of commonplace and specialized materials in her works make them highly unique. When interviewed for the opening Alison Saar: Still, Saar noted her use of diverse materials, “My studio is floor-to-ceiling with materials like that, and when I start cleaning up and going through them, ideas start coming. Like, ‘Oh, yeah! This could be something!’ So I try to keep stuff around. It’s the new little things that can take you to different places.” Saar’s philosophy for understanding her art is to “Just look at it.” She refuses to explicitly define her pieces, instead wishing that people use their own experiences to draw meaning from them, rather than being told what they mean.
Combining African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and German aspects of expressionism, Saar challenges stereotypes and offers an indictment of human discrimination. This exhibition, organized by the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, funded in part by the Contemporary Collectors—Orange County, has traveled to the Figge Art Museum, and later it will travel to Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt in Massachusetts.
About The David C. Driskell Center
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, honors the legacy of David C. Driskell - Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art, Artist, Art Historian, Collector, and Curator - by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Established in 2001, the Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African Diasporic studies. The Driskell Center is committed to collecting, documenting, and presenting African American art as well as replenishing and expanding the field.
The National Advisory Board includes such renown artists and art professionals such as Dr. Gwendolyn Everett, Chair of Department of Art, Howard University, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Art Historian, NY and others.
Fee for this event is non-refundable.
The David C. Driskell Center's address:
1214 Cole Student Activities Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park is easy to visit. We are conveniently located at the intersection of Campus Drive and Union Lane, right next to Stamp Student Union on campus
Union Lane Garage - A 285-space garage situated between the Stamp Student Union and Cole Fieldhouse . Hours of operation are 7:00 am to 2:00 am daily. Current rates at this facility are $3.00 per hour, with an $15.00 per day maximum. Payment is accepted at the digital pay stations located at the entrace of the garage. More information on digital pay stations here.
Lot 1: There is also a large open lot beyond the parking garage, free to the public after 4 pm and on weekends.
The University is served by Metro's green line; the nearest station stop is College Park-University of Maryland.
Taxi: The most reliable method of getting from Metro to the Center is by taxi. There is a taxi stand at the Metro Station (see Google map below) and after the viewing you can ask the Office Manager to call a taxi to take you back to Metro.
UM Bus 104: The University also operates a shuttle bus (UM 104) between the Metro and Stamp Student Union, which is a across the street from the Center; however, shuttle service is available only when the university is in session. Unless you are familiar with the university's schedule and the shuttle route, this is not the recommended method.
From Baltimore and Points North
Take I-95 South to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495). At the 495 split, be sure to go toward the right (495 West). Be in the left lane so you can immediately take Exit 27 toward Route 1 South, College Park. Take Exit 27 and then follow sign to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park). Exit will end at traffic light, take a right onto Route 1 South. Proceed approximately 2-3 miles South on U.S. Route 1. Make a right onto Campus Dr., this street is indicated by a gated entrance. Continue straight until you reach a circle with the letter M. Go 1/2 of the way around the traffic circle (12:00 location) and continue down Campus Drive. Proceed a 1/4 mile down Campus Dr. and you will see a building named Stamp Student Union. The David C. Driskell Center will be adjacent to Stamp Student Union and the parking garage is on Union Lane on your left.
From Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Take I-95 North to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495). Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park). Exit will end at traffic light, go South onto Route 1. Proceed approximately 2-3 miles South on U.S. Route 1. Make a right onto Campus Dr., this street is indicated by a gated entrance. Continue straight until you reach a circle with the letter M. Go 1/2 of the way around the traffic circle (12:00 location) and continue down Campus Drive. Proceed a 1/4 mile down Campus Dr. and you will see a building named Stamp Student Union. The David C. Driskell Center will be adjacent to Stamp Student Union and the parking garage is on Union Lane on your left.
From MD 193-West/University Blvd.
Turn slight left onto Stadium Dr. Enter next traffic circle and take 1st exit (3:00 position) onto Valley Dr. Pass through next traffic circle. You will go past parking lot 1b and will approach a stop sign. Turn left onto Union Dr. You will pass tennis courts and on your left will be Cole Student Activities Building, once you approach another stop sign, enter into traffic until you reach another stop sign. Make a left onto Union Lane and the parking garage will be on the left.
From MD 193-East/ University Blvd.
Start out going southeast on University Blvd E / MD-193 E toward Lexington Dr.Turn slight right onto Campus Dr. Follow Campus Drive 1/2 way around the circle (12:00 location). After you approach the stop sign turn left to stay on Campus Dr. After 1/4 mile you will notice Cole Student Activities Building in front. Follow the slight curve on Campus Dr. and you will approach a stop sign and turn left onto Union Lane. The parking garage will be on the left.
Image: Rouse, 2012 90" x 76" x 73" Wood, bronze, paper and antler sheds, copyright Alison Saar, all rights reserved.
When & Where
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT)
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