Signal Trouble Opens at Handwerker Gallery


Contributed by Cheryl Kramer

Signal Trouble: Works by Sharon Hayes, Paul Swenbeck, and Marian Zhunin will open at the Handwerker Gallery on Thursday, October 25.

Curated by Nicholas Muellner (cinema, photography, and media arts), Signal Trouble brings together artists from Moscow, New York, and Philadelphia whose work offers complex, generous, and confounding narrative experiences. As with Now Is the Winter, a larger exhibition in Moscow (in the summer of 2007) from which these works were selected, this project points to moral, political, and social crisis through the presentation of disappearance -- of logic, of narrative, of emotion, and of knowledge. Rather than presenting direct sociopolitical critique, these artists offer pointed and subjective field reports from these two alienated cultures of late empire. These works map our soft terror -- the abduction and discrete internment of the subject -- across the terrain of visual experience.

An opening reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, and the exhibition will run until December 14. Nicholas Muellner will give a curator's talk at 12:15 p.m. on November 15.

Signal Trouble was organized in conjunction with the symposium Now Is the Winter, during which exhibiting artists Sharon Hayes, Paul Swenbeck, and Marian Zhunin will speak in the gallery about their work at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

The Handwerker Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cheryl Kramer, assistant professor of art history and Handwerker Gallery director, at 607-274-3548.