From NYC to Easton

Julia Guarch ‘15 stares up at a painting by New York artist, Claire Sherman.
[Photo by Julia Brennan ‘17]

Julia Guarch ‘15 stares up at a painting by New York artist, Claire Sherman. [Photo by Julia Brennan ‘17]

New exhibit “Painterly Perspective” debuts at Williams Center for the Arts

From the big city to our little campus, a new exhibit made its Lafayette College debut in the Williams Center for the Arts Gallery on Tuesday, Mar. 3. “Painterly Perspectives.”


The exhibit, a vibrant display that centers around the connections artists have with landscapes, is from the DC Moore Gallery in New York City.


The Arts Center gallery is transformed with the multitude of pieces that vary in style and material. When you walk in, the most eye catching piece is Robert Brown’s large Couple Progressing Towards Mountain Rincon, which is located on the wall directly across from the entrance. The way the green and black oil is painted on canvas is unique and calls for a closer look.

To the right, Claire Sherman’s simple yet large Rock Wall intrigues with its simplistic title, while the painting itself creates a soothing contrast from Browns piece. Sherman’s other works displayed are very small and shows the range of her technique.

There are bright abstract expressionist style works by Robert Di Niro Sr. and some pieces by Yvonne Jacquette created with a highly detailed, distinctive pointillist technique.

Additionally, there are beautifully soft water colors created by Charles Burchfield, who is known as a great visionary artist who has work shown in many major museums including the MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney. The sizes of the exhibit’s pieces range from that of a postcard to seven feet long.

“Artists are presenting their ideas of ‘place’ in their own ways,” Director of Art Galleries and Collections Curator Michiko Okaya said. This allows for a wide variety of interpretation by those who visit the gallery.

She also said that the Grossman Gallery of the Williams Visual Arts Building has a related exhibit to “Painterly Perspective” titled “We Place Our Ideas/Our Ideas Place Us.”

“[In both exhibits] the artists are presenting their ideas of ‘place,’ so the two constitute one exhibition divided into two galleries,” Okaya said.

The “Painterly Perspectives” exhibit runs from Mar. 3 to April 5, and there will be a special conversation with the exhibit’s curator, Andrea Cerbie ‘08, on Mar. 23 at 4:10-5:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Williams Center.