Two exhibits of social commentary will open at the Emerson March 11th, 2011. The Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature an installation and video by Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. entitled New America Relics: Redux 2. Spang exhibits internationally and maintains a studio practice in Billings, Montana.
The exhibit is an edgy yet humorous critique on the perceived preciousness of imagined museum objects and a challenging Native perspective on how white people view Indians and cultural history. The installation is composed of dramatically lit glass “sculptures” cast from molds of commonplace objects from our contemporary corporate society. The video is a tongue-in-cheek interview with a costumed Spang. See the exhibit and video on ArtWalk, March 11, 5-8 pm or at our Open House before the PowWow, Friday,April 1, 5-7. The public is also invited.to meet the artist, hear a gallery talk, and see additional videos on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm. All activities will take place in the Wilber Gallery.
In conjunction with Spang’s exhibit, three Montana artists will exhibit their own brand of commentary and satire in Emerson’s Lobby show entitled Re/Vision. These artists assemble disparate found objects and tell unpredictable stories that may be funny yet thought-provoking. Missoula artist and curator Stephen Glueckert is showing hand-cranked interactive sculptures that depict famous men in history, but with a playful twist that pokes fun at their roles as “celebrities.” Bryan Peterson‘s functional jewelry combines appropriated objects that communicate symbolic narratives about friends and notable characters. Petersen teaches jewelry and metals at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Bear Canyon School of Art & Craft.