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Reece Museum

The Center for Appalachian Studies & Services

Current Exhibits at the Reece Museum



  • Canto 17

    Salvador Dalí and the Divine Comedy, Part II: Purgatory

  • Revisiting World War I: One Hundred Years Later



Summer Craft 2017 is an exhibition featuring the members of the Northeast Chapter of Tennessee Craft. Various media will be represented from East Tennessee artists and artisans. The exhibition will  continue through July 21. A reception will be held on Saturday June 24 from 3 to 5 pm.

In commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the United States entering the First World War (1914-1918) on April 6, 1917, the Reece Museum, in partnership with the Museum at Mountain Home on the VA campus, feature artifacts from this historic and also devastating conflict. Curated by John Griggs, a Reece Museum student worker who graduated in May of this year, this exhibition delves into the conflict focusing on local residents who supported the allied effort. Revisiting World War I: One Hundred Years Later opens May 29 and will continue through July 14.

Salvador Dalí and the Divine Comedy Part II: Purgatory opens April 5 and continues through June 30. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 15, from 3 to 5 pm. The guest of honor is Dr. Frank Barham, an ETSU alumnus, who, in 2014, donated the Salvador Dalí’s illustrations for the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

Salvador Dalí’s surrealist vision makes the 33 prints of Part II: Purgatory with each print illustrating one canto (book chapter) of the Divine Comedy in which Virgil guides Dante up the Mount of Purgatory. This installation will also take advantage of some of ETSU’s English students in Dr. Josh Reid’s Special Topics class focusing on Dante Alighieri’s writings. Each student chose a canto to analyze and then wrote concise essays on each one. The students focused their writings on how the text relates, or did not relate, to what Dalí illustrated.

In 2016, the Reece Museum displayed Salvador Dalí and the Divine Comedy Part I: Inferno. In the spring of 2018, the Reece Museum will display the final installment, Part III: Paradise.



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