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Reading Objects 2015
Reading Objects 2015
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Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - Author
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Price: $20.00 
Paperback - 76 pages
Release Date: September 2015
ISBN13: 978-0-692-26928-2



Interdisciplinary responses to works in the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.

Reading Objects 2015 is part of an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring works from the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The artworks are accompanied by texts or other responses prepared by SUNY New Paltz faculty, staff, and students.

Exhibitions such as Reading Objects 2015 are one of a number of ways that the Dorsky Museum is able to periodically display selections from its permanent collection of over five thousand objects. Like many museums, the Dorsky has many fine examples of artworks from diverse cultures and time periods that never see the light of day. It is these works—the ones that are housed in the dark recesses of museum storage—that this Reading Objects exhibition highlights.

Each staff member at the museum was asked to review the collection database and choose five objects that he or she felt would be good candidates for the exhibition, keeping in mind each work’s potential for diverse narrative interpretations. Staff were also asked to consider works that had rarely or never before been on public display. Over thirty selections were then pulled from storage for the staff to review, and this provided lively and spirited discussions as each staff member defended his or her selections. In the end, nineteen works made the final cut.

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Table of Contents

Sara Patsi

Do Museum Collections Matter?
Wayne Lempka

Harlequin Resting, 1946 (Byron Brown)
Chris Brandon Whitaker

Card Players, 1944 (Milton Avery)
Gerald Sorin

Head of a Satyr, c. 100 (Roman artisan)
Frank Boyer and Keely Hunter

Untitled, New York, 1985, reprinted 1997 (Allen Ginsberg)
Aaron Knochel

Wooster View, c. 1955 (Leonard Baskin)
Suzanne Stokes

Filibuster, n.d. (William Gropper)
Gerald Benjamin

“Swans, The Ice” she said”, 2001 (Anne Gorrick & Cynthia Winika)
Larry Carr, Joan E, Perisse, and Mark E. Fakler

Automat, Time Square, 1956, reprinted 2009 (Frank Paulin)
Fran Smulcheski and Wendy Vierow

Personage, 1975 (Man Ray)
Sheila Goloborotko

Frank “Happy” Miller, 1940 (Chester Eisenhuth)
Joanne Bernardo and Jennifer Carlquist

Still Life #607, 1997 (Kenro Izu)
Susan Miller

15 Strange Things on the Clear Morning Sky, 1982 (Jan Swaka)
Laura M. Silvernail and Peter Kaufman

Woodstock, 1928 (Theodor Roszak)
Kerry Dean Carso

Oceanic Feeling, 1987 (Françoise Gilot)
Stephan J. Macaluso

Cape Canaveral, Moon Launch, 1968 (Joel Meyerwitz)
Erica Marks and kt tobin

Dress, 1973 (Lilo Raymond)
Caroline Wolfe

Wooden disc with one wedge cut out, 1980 (Saul Steinberg)
Reva Wolf and Catherine Hern

Chopper, c. 1968 (Gary Noffke)
Morgan Gwenwalk and Mary Stevens

Basket Hat, n.d. (mid-20th Century) (Pomo Indian people)
Pepper Boetcker

Democracy/Theocracy from the series American Heritage, 1994 (Jonathan Wahl)
Sarah Wyman

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About the Dorsky

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