"True Lies and Other Stories" Opens September 4 at the Handwerker Gallery


Contributed by Cheryl Kramer

The Handwerker Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its first show of the academic year, "True Lies and Other Stories: Joy Adams and the Evolution of Mad Sally," at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4.

"True Lies" offers the viewer a chance to reconnect with "Mad Sally," the protagonist of Joy Adams' paintings, who first appeared in the Handwerker Gallery eight years ago. With her monumental depictions of Sally, Adams redefines the notion of the hero by presenting an outsider who transcends notions of gender and age. She also weaves truth and fantasy in these lushly painted canvases that are rich in tradition while simultaneously constructing contemporary narratives.

A catalog with an essay by Carolyn Straughan accompanies the exhibition; Straughan will lead an informal discussion entitled "Interpreting Mad Sally" on September 18 at 12:15 p.m. There will also be an artist's talk with Joy Adams on October 2 at 12:15 p.m.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the work will remain on display until October 13.

All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed Tuesdays.

To schedule a tour of the exhibition, please contact outreach coordinator Genevieve Kocienda at 607-274-7057. For more information please see www.ithaca.edu/handwerker or contact Cheryl Kramer, director of the gallery, at 607-274-3548.