Current Exhibits at the Reece Museum
Moments of Illumination
Archives of Appalachia Film Series
Archives of Appalachia Film Series (May 10-28)
In partnership with the Archives of Appalachia the Reece Museum presents an Archives of Appalachia Film Series featuring select footage from the Archives of Appalachia. Each week features over two hours of selected films thematically curated into silent films, music, and folk culture categories. Each category of films will be shown for one week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Silent Film Week
May 10 — 14
Music Film Week
May 17 — 21
Folk Culture Film Week
May 24 — 28
The Archives of Appalachia, located on the fourth floor of the Sherrod Library, is one of the world’s premier collections of materials related to the Appalachian region, with more than 250,000 photographs, 85,000 sound recordings, and 8,000 moving images. Click here to learn more about the Archives of Appalachia.
Moments of Illumination (May 10-July 16)
Featuring twenty-nine works, Moments of Illumination showcases artwork spanning thirty years of McGinnis’s career. Her works, realized in oil, pastels, watercolor and mixed media, focus on the world around her: nature scenes, architecture, and people from her home and travels. It is her connection to the subject matter that McGinnis finds the most fulfilling when painting. McGinnis states, “The subject matter that I am attracted to are those fleeting moments when light hits form. In that moment, even a common tree can turn into a magical play of light and color, the beauty of which takes my breath away. These ethereal elements of light and color lifts my soul to a higher level for that moment.” McGinnis continues, “It is my hope that my paintings will inspire others to become more aware of the beauty around us, to get out of our head (thoughts of past and future) and to begin to look for those moments of illumination … the color of reflections in water, or the changing light at different time of a day.”
Folly: recent work by Christian Rieben (April 5-July 2)
Folly: recent work by Christian Rieben is currently on exhibit in the Reece Museum July 2, 2021. Rieben, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design at ETSU, paints a world where whimsy and tragedy cohabitate—where Lewis Carroll meets Carl Jung, and the bluebells toll for thee.
Overall, Rieben says his work could be divided into two categories — those politically motivated and not politically motivated: “The larger paintings are older and were motivated by the political landscape of the last five years. They are allegorical in nature, with characters and actions standing in for principles and philosophies. The smaller works are less specifically political, although philosophical interpretations are easy to make,” Rieben adds.
The artist portrays a world that is “imaginative and sensual, but also enigmatic and potentially dangerous” through the twelve paintings featured in Folly. He states, “For me, the most compelling fairytales were those where ‘happily ever after’ was not a foregone conclusion. The protagonist may survive but there will be a heavy price paid. Happiness means more when risk is involved.”
Rieben received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, and taught multiple art courses there. He also taught at Loyola University, the College of DuPage, and the Dolphin School in Berkshire, England before accepting his current position in the Department of Art & Design at ETSU. After living and working in Chicago and London, Rieben was eager to take a break from big cities. Rieben moved to Johnson City and began teaching at ETSU in 2016. Speaking of his new home here, “I look out from one side of my house and see Buffalo Mountain, I look out the other and see pastures and woods. It is refreshing.” As an art professor, Rieben uses teaching as a tool. He states, “Teaching painting keeps my studio practice from stagnating. I am often reminding myself to practice what I constantly preach to my students: nothing is precious, confound expectations, paint with conviction.”
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