‌ Joseph E.B. Elliott  Monument and Ephemera

Image: Sacristy, Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College presents Monument and Ephemera, by Joseph E.B. Elliott. Elliott’s exhibition will feature a sampling of works from the past three decades. It will include photographs made during surveys of industrial sites from 1980’s to recent works from his forthcoming book exploring Philadelphia’s cultural sites. Monument and Ephemera will be on view March 15 through April 22, 2017. Martin Art Gallery will host a public reception Wednesday, March 15 from 5 to 6:30pm, and a public talk with the artist Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:30pm in The Recital Hall at Baker Center for the Arts.

Joseph E.B. Elliott’s photographic practice focuses on the idiosyncrasies of industrial, historic and religious sites. His lens captures architectural grandeur within expansive interior and exterior vistas, while being sure to include details that speak to cultural micro-ecologies. Bits of evidence left behind suggest how spaces are used, and allude to our human need to customize even thoroughly designed environments. His photos impart an otherworldly sensibility, as dramatic light and at times ethereal atmospheric effects abound. However, this abruptly collides with the banality of the everyday as lunchboxes, graffiti and other personal effects reveal themselves upon closer inspection.

Elliott is a sort of cultural geographer; he records the lingering narratives that our built-spaces retain. Largely absent of protagonists, the scant evidence of human activity [a half-filled bottle of water, a well used time clock, tools left at the end of the day] captures pieces of lived culture, often in industries at risk of erasure. Elliott says his work “resides at the nexus of documentation and art. Documentation implies a detached, non-judgmental process in which information is objectively recorded, analyzed, cataloged and communicated. For many, art implies sentiment, romance, interpretation. In my experience art and documentation are not mutually exclusive, lying instead along a continuum.”

Joseph E.B. Elliott is Professor of Art at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Elliott specializes in photography of historic industrial and architectural sites. Over the past twenty-five years he has received numerous commissions from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, University of Pennsylvania, and many private clients. His work is in the collections of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Library of Congress, and several museums and universities. His photographs have been published in Common Ground, Smithsonian, Wired, and Metropolis, as well his books, The Steel and Palazzos of Power.


Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition.
April 10 - June 4

Public talk with the organizer of Altered State, Ian Holliday April 125 - 6pm in Trumbower hall 130Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a time of transition is an exhibition of contemporary art from Myanmar [Burma] organized by Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) The University of Hong Kong.  We are fortunate to have this widely acclaimed exhibition in our galleria space [outside the Empie Theater] in Baker Center for the Arts. 


Patricia Satterlee: Already Gone

Already Gone, 2014 Flashe on linen panel 60 x 60 in.

New works by Patricia Saterlee, January 30 - May 26, 2017, Public Reception February 8, 5 - 6:30pm, Public Artist Talk March 1, 5:00 pm.

Patricia Satterlee's work explores the balance between abstraction and representation, symmetry and irregularity. Her paintings are highly layered compositions, with each layer weaving together observation of physical objects and a sense of the energy within and around the objects. The flashe paint she uses produces a flat matte surface where colors collide between fluidity and solidness. In her drawings and collages, Satterlee focuses more on the tension within the boundaries surrounding physicality and energy fields.

Satterlee's studio is in Brooklyn, New York. She has shown at The Kitchen, Frosch&Portman, Valentine Gallery, M55 Gallery, and Norte Maar in New York; the Matewaan Gallery in Beacon, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) in Washington, DC; and Salon Zucher in Paris.

Satterlee did undergraduate studies at Carnegie-Mellon University and University of California. She holds an MFA from American University.


Florence Foerderer Tonner: A life of art and ideas
February 5 - April 15, 2017

Boy with a tricorner hat, c. early 1800's, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and Monuments of St Paul's and Westminster Abbey, 1839, George Lewis Smyth.

Muhlenberg's Martin Art Gallery partners with Trexler Library's Special Collections to present artworks and rare books from the Philadelphia Collector and Muhlenberg donor Florence Foerderer Tonner. This exhibition features scores of complimentary works from our respective collections which highlight her curiosity and creative interests in literature and fine art. This exhibition provides an intimate look into Ms. Tonner's personal interest in preserving and collecting through various highlights from our collections including works by William Blake, Theodore Rosseau, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and others. Exhibition takes place in the Rare Books Exhibit Room, Level B, Trexler Library, and is free and open to the public 11:00am - 7:00pm daily. Curated by Susan Falciani Special Collections & Archives Librarian and Paul Nicholson Director Martin Art Gallery.


Roger Loos: Stone ‌Koans
November 2016 – November 2017

An exhibition of stone works by Roger Loos. Four works remain on display in the garden walk (between Trexler library and Baker Center for the Arts) for one year. Exhibition runs through November 2017.

Upcoming events and exhibitions:

Artist Talk: Chicago based artist Jesse Mclean will visit Muhlenberg to give a public talk on her work April 26, 2017, at 5pm [this talk has been rescheduled from fall 2016]

Vision/Sound Revisited: Allentown’s 80’s Art Scene
June 14 – August 2

Vision/Sound Revisited: Allentown’s 80’s Art Scene is a major exhibition celebrating downtown Allentown’s arts and culture scene and synonymous radio airwaves revolution – with a focus on the period 1978 – 1988.  Events include concurrent exhibitions of work by 12 local visual artists of the period, along with sound installations of local bands and radio broadcasts dating from the era featuring WMUH-FM community programmers.  An opening reception will be held Wednesday June 14, from  5 – 7pm, in Baker Center for the Arts, at Muhlenberg College Campus.

This exhibition will be in conjunction with a show of contemporary work at the Baum School in downtown Allentown, and a panel discussion with the curators and artists at the Allentown Art Museum. 

Vision/Sound Revisited: Allentown’s 80’s Art Scene is curated by Lisa Baas, Raymond Barnes, Cheryl Haughtney and Scott Sherk.  - Paul M. Nicholson, Director Martin Art Gallery


Works on loan by Jen Huh and Dan Golden will remain on extended loan and are on view in the Baker Center for the Arts through the end of 2016. Jen Huh is showing five of her God's eyes sculptures as an installation adjacent to the pitched glass atrium ceiling. Additionally Jennifer and Dan Golden collaborated on a new mural work, which is situated near the Paul C. Empie Theater.‌

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