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Nyeema Morgan’s “I, Rhinoceros” Exhibited at W&L’s Staniar Gallery

— by on January 7th, 2016

Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery is pleased to present “I, Rhinoceros,” an exhibit by New York-based artist, Nyeema Morgan. The show is exhibited until Feb. 10.

Morgan will give a public artist’s talk on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception for the artist. The exhibition and reception event are free and open to the public.

Morgan, a conceptual artist, will present works on paper and sculpture in her exhibition “I, Rhinoceros.” The show’s title is derived from German artist Albrecht Dürer’s 1515 woodblock print, Rhinoceros, in which he rendered the likeness of an exotic animal he had never seen based only on a written description.

Dürer’s print was considered an accurate representation until the animal was imported to the region revealing the work’s glaring discrepancies. The narrative behind the creation of the artist’s print inspired much of Morgan’s work for this exhibition, as she explores notions of visual communication and how it shapes our understanding of the world.

Morgan’s work has been featured in many exhibitions including The Drawing Center, Art in General and The Studio Museum (New York City) and The Bindery Projects (Minneapolis).

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call (540) 458-8861.

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