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Permission Structures

In Gallery 110, Paul Nicholson, Director of the Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College, is opening a show titled, "Permission Structures."   Nicholson combines issues from the news cycle with popular culture to engage the audience in a dynamic multisensory installation. Often, people think of art world as a refuge from the thorny world of politics, but this couldn’t be further from the truth in this provocative exhibition. Paul says about the work that “Everything we do as artists is political, from the explicit content of the work to the public act and commercial enterprise of exhibiting in a gallery. While some art claims to be about communicating truth and beauty, I am compelled to explore prickly problems that aren’t usually covered in the daily news cycle.” Nicholson feels that “Artists aren’t immune from the effects of our news saturated environment; in fact, I find it to be completely overwhelming at times, and with these works, I hope to slow things down a bit, in order to look a little more closely at how we think about difficult issues. I’m fascinated by how our beliefs are shaped by objects and cultural artifacts, as much as they are by arguments, proposals, and endorsements by people we trust”.

Later Event: June 1
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