Sheehan Gallery hosts three-part exhibition




The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College is currently hosting "Tripteral: Three Photographic Views," an exhibition that features three separate projects highlighting photography's power to make sense of personal, cultural and historic events.

The Sheehan Gallery is located in Olin Hall at Whitman College, 814 Isaacs Ave. "Tripteral" will run through Apr. 15; Tues.-Fri. noon-5 p.m, and Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. The gallery will be closed during the weeks of Mar. 14 and 21, except by appointment. All events and are free and open to the public.

"All of these exhibitions look at photography as a means of processing experience," gallery Director Dawn Forbes said. "They are united by looking at history and experience through the lens of photography."

"Memory Denied: Photographs of Kathryn Cook" showcases photos of present sites of past atrocities of the disputed 1915 Armenian genocide in Turkey.

"They are suggestions based on the little visual documentation that has survived," Cook said of the pieces in the exhibition. "They pose questions, not answers ... they try to capture the essence of history's restless ghosts and reconstruct what could have happened, since the physical evidence has long been destroyed."

Whitman Associate Professor of history Elyse Semerdjian curated the exhibition. From 2007 to 2008, Semerdjian was a Fulbright Scholar in Syria, where she met Cook and became her translator during much of the photographer's journey through Syria and Lebanon.

Friday at 5:30 p.m. Cook will discuss the exhibition in Olin Hall Room 130. The event is open to the public, and a reception will follow.

"Rescue and Resistance in Denmark: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman" is an exhibition originally sponsored by Humanity in Action (HIA), a non-governmental organization focusing on human and minority rights.

During the summer of 2008, Whitman senior history major, Seth Bergeson, received a fellowship with HIA to study human rights and the Holocaust in Denmark. Since that time, he has worked to bring the HIA exhibition to Whitman.

The photos tell the story of Denmark's historic protection and rescue of its Jewish population in 1943.

"Danish society identified its Jewish population ... as an inseparable part of its culture, worth resisting the Nazis to protect," Bergeson said. "The rescue of Danish Jews by Danish society provides a unique lens on the Holocaust and serves as an empowering story of resistance."

At noon on Saturday, Bergeson will give a talk about his experience with HIA as well as his experience bringing the exhibition to Whitman.

"Photo-Bookworks," the third exhibition, was curated by adjunct Assistant Professor of Art David Schulz and features permanent holdings and recent acquisitions from the Special Collections department located in Whitman College's Penrose Library. Through this 34-piece exhibit, Schulz defines "photo-bookwork" as well as its significance of the evolving visual art genre.

"Schulz's exhibit uses a selection of historical, contemporary, cross-cultural, traditional and experimental artists' books employing photographic explorations to expand upon ideas about experience, memory and the ways in which photographic images can be read," Forbes said.

"It is an interesting trio of exhibitions," Bergeson said of 'Tripteral.' "They create a powerful and thought-provoking narrative."

"It's been a bit of an undertaking," Forbes said of bringing three independent exhibits to the gallery at once. "But I feel very privileged to have all of these exhibitions here."


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