For Immediate Release — March 29, 2005

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Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

mccrank@geneseo.edu

EXHIBIT DEPICTING ARAB-ISRAELI CULTURE ON DISPLAY AT SUNY GENESEO LOCKHART GALLERY

GENESEO, N.Y. — The Lockhart Gallery at the State University of New York at Geneseo will open a new exhibit titled "O’ Jerusalem," a multimedia installation by Cyril Reade that explores the interrelations between Arab and Israeli culture.

The exhibit opens Friday, April 8 and runs through Friday, May 6. Reade, an internationally exhibited sculptor and assistant professor of art at Rochester Institute of Technology, will be on hand for the opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. April 8 at the gallery.

In addition, Reade will deliver a lecture about his work from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Room 203 in Newton Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Originally exhibited in the Art Gallery of the CUNY College of Staten Island, "O’ Jerusalem" combines drawings, brass reliefs, sculpture in the round and photography, to explore the complex interrelations between Arab and Israeli culture as embodied in both the current and the historical situation of Jerusalem. Nanette Salomon, its original curator, explains, "The installation is constructed of various parts whose rich allusions and thoughtful, artful presentation all contribute to his message as a whole. As the conglomerate parts of ‘Arab/Israeli’ are inextricable, so too are the parts of Reade’s installation to the whole."

Mark Denaci, director of the Lockhart Gallery and assistant professor of art at SUNY Geneseo, said Reade’s exhibit fits in with the mission of the Lockhart Gallery.

"I am especially interested in how the work avoids taking sides in the current political conflict, and instead calls attention to the paradox of borderlines, which serve both to unite and to divide. As such, I think the exhibit embodies the Lockhart Gallery’s ongoing exploration of different aspects of the concept of community in a particularly thought-provoking way," said Denaci.

Cyril Reade received his master of fine arts degree from Concordia University in Montréal in 1982. Following a successful career as a practicing artist and professor of fine arts, he began to pursue a growing interest in art history, theory and criticism, receiving his Ph.D. in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester in 2003. His dissertation, From Mendelssohn to Mendelsohn: Visual and Case Studies of Jewish Life in Berlin, will be published by Peter Lang (Bern and New York).

The Lockhart Gallery, located in the McClellan House at 26 Main St. in the village of Geneseo, is open from 2-5 p.m. daily, with extended hours from 12-8 p.m. on Thursdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SUNY Geneseo art department at (585) 245-5814.

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