'Home Economics' opens at Woskob Family Gallery

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Woskob Family Gallery is pleased to announce "Home Economics," a collection of two- and three-dimensional work by 10 artists engaging with various understandings of home, what it means to belong, and the intricacies of domestic relationships. Curated by the gallery’s program manager, Haley Finnegan, the show opens Thursday, June 29, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and runs through Aug. 12.

Ranging from the deeply personal to the overtly political, the works in "Home Economics" engage with issues including debates over immigration, changing notions about gender and family roles, and the growth of militant nationalism. Through paintings of intimate interiors, cheeky reinterpretations of domestic artifacts, and various representations of houses, “home” becomes a site for nostalgia, pride, and even anxiety. The included artists are Natalie Baxter, Kim Beck, Laurent Chéhère, David Cuatlacuatl, Rachel Farbiarz, Adia Millett, Danielle Mužina, Nick Naber, Hillel O’Leary and Polly Shindler.

In addition to the works on view, the gallery is offering a series of related programs. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, the gallery will host an interactive still-life drawing experience. Participants are invited to add their own artifacts of home to our still-life, or just drop in and draw during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Curator Haley Finnegan will give a brief talk about the exhibition and the idea of “home” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. Additionally, the gallery will host our on-going series, "The Contemporary Context" with Art Alliance Gallery Manager Kelsey Rieger, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. A guided tour of the exhibition and crash course in contemporary art appreciation will be paired with a free local beer tasting. For additional information on these events and more, visit our website at woskobfamilygallery.psu.edu/events

The Woskob Family Gallery is a contemporary art space in downtown State College that brings a cohesive and carefully curated program of exhibitions and events to central Pennsylvania. Run by Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, the gallery serves as a laboratory for exploring how the arts can catalyze creative placemaking. The Woskob Family Gallery is located at 146 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801.

Summer gallery hours are 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Program Manager Haley Finnegan at hbs131@psu.edu or 814-863-5353, or visit woskobfamilygallery.psu.edu.

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Last Updated June 14, 2017