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Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery Exhibits Explore Connection Between Art and Science

ITHACA, NY — “Oral Fixations” and “Scratched Record,” two exhibits that exemplify a bridge between art and science, will open at Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery on Monday, Aug. 25, and run through Friday, Sept. 26. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery.

“Oral Fixations” is a 10-year retrospective of hyperrealist drawings by Julia Randall. The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud’s theory of oral-stage fixation, but the drawings present surreal, sensual and visceral images with a sense of humor. Randall will give an artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.

“Scratched Record” investigates and compares layers of human memory and geologic time. Artist Laura Moriarty uses forms, colors, textures and patterns to create imperfect architectonic records of geologic horizons. Moriarty will give an artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m.

The exhibits are being held in tandem with the 50th-anniversary celebration of the C.P. Snow Lecture Series in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences. The series is named for the British physicist and novelist Sir Charles Percy Snow, in recognition of his efforts to bridge the gap between what he called the “two cultures” of the liberal arts and the sciences.

All Handwerker Gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesday, but can accommodate group or class visits by appointment.

For more information, visit or call the Handwerker Gallery at (607) 274-3018. To schedule a group or class visit, contact gallery director Mara Baldwin at (607) 274-3548.