PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University will present Meaning, Metaphor and Myth by Hans Guggenheim, April 28–May 16 in the Drerup Gallery's "Shoebox Gallery." The opening reception will be held from 4–6 p.m. on Monday, April 28 and will include a presentation on klecksography by the artist.
Klexography explores the art of making images from inkblots. This intriguing form of art making involves both the artist and the viewer. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for visitors and student groups to study and respond to the images, drawing on philosophical, psychological and cultural influences. Guggenheim will share a series of klecksographs he has created and invite viewers to find characters, shapes and meaning within the artworks.
Experiencing a work of art first-hand and understanding the cultural and historical context in which it was created can increase one's appreciation of art, and this is the thinking behind a multifaceted gift to PSU from the world-renowned anthropologist, artist, and humanitarian. The gift is allowing PSU students to experience works of art from Guggenheim's private collection on campus, learn more about the artwork by attending lectures by Guggenheim, and delve into the context of the artwork in class.
Guggenheim has been a professor of anthropology at MIT and a visiting scholar at Harvard's Center for International Affairs. He studied art history in New York and traveled the world for Life magazine as an artist and reporter. A staunch advocate for arts and education, he founded Projectguggenheim in 1997, providing art programming for young people and students in remote regions around the world.
Meaning, Metaphor, and Myth is the fourth and final presentation in the series by Professor Guggenheim that included War in Art: Connections and Synchronicity, The Pale Fox Yapilou, and Sketches are Contagious/From Egypt with Love.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment during the academic year.