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    Trigger Points exhibition runs May 18 through June 30

    May 16, 2016

    Trigger Points

    Trigger Points runs May 18 through June 30 and brings together contemporary and historical art work from New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Finland and the United Kingdom to explore the potent and slippery nature of memory through the visual arts. The exhibition explores triggers of smell, touch, submersion, psychoanalysis, incantation, the act of drawing, and acts of repetition.

    The exhibition is conceived in relation to Memory Works, a collaborative symposium between Massey University’s College of Creative Arts and Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Exhibition hours at Palitz Gallery are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on weekends.  It is free and open to the public. Palitz Gallery is located in Syracuse University’s Lubin House at 11 East 61st Street, New York City. Contact 212-826-0320 or for more information.

    Trigger Points is co-curated by Heather Galbraith, Associate Professor at the Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, New Zealand; and Andrew J. Saluti, Assistant Director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries and Collection. The exhibition features international artists including Richard Bell, Stuart Foster + Kura Puke, Karl Fritsch + Gavin Hipkins, Sasha Huber, Jeremy Millar, Dane Mitchell, Sally J. Morgan, Morgan + Richards, Anne Noble and Shannon Te Ao and works from the Syracuse University Art Collection including Andy Warhol, Jacques Callot, Bolton Brown, Ivan Jestrovic, and Leonard Baskin.

    Works by Anne Noble, Sasha Huber and Jacques Callot invite us to consider how we might ‘remember’, respectively, an ecological catastrophe set in the future, the assassination by gunshot of citizens in the 20th and 21st century, or the trauma of war in 17th century France.

    Te Mauri by Stuart Foster and Kura Puke tracks the passage of a treasured, ancient whakairo (carving) from the Māori tribe Te Ati Awa in Aotearoa New Zealand which made the physical journey to New York as part of the 1984 landmark Te Māori exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here the taonga (treasure) is present again in New York through a combination of illusory imaging technologies spanning six centuries.

    Through the works of Richard Bell, Sasha Huber and Andy Warhol, the exhibition also explores how racial tensions and the subjugation of first nation and African American peoples are imaged, and how crucial the act of remembrance is to both acknowledgement of wrongdoing and the creation of a more empowered future.

    Leonard Baskin’s woodcut The Cry and a sculpture by Ivan Mestrovic, Study for Job, give potent, evocative form to states of physical and emotional distress, while artists Morgan + Richards explore how an act of purposed near drowning can be both a means to confront a childhood fear of submersion and an act of love.