Jan 24, 2012

Nature's Helmet: The Human Skull

In the history of art, the naked skull has typically been a reminder of our finite existence, a memento mori; however, it is the goal of this exhibition to determine whether or not that conception of the skull's identity has changed.

To some, the human cranium may appear as a feat of evolution-each component specifically evolved to determine the function of the inner and outer tissues. To others, the human skull is God's greatest creation-perfectly crafted. In either case, the skull, when viewed in a certain light, can be seen as a representation of more than death. Through the eyes of several artists, we will be able to compare/contrast representations of nature's helmet and reflect upon the human skull at many angles. -Adam Adelson, Curator

Included in the exhibit is Robert S. Neuman's etching Ship to Paradise-Paradise Found, 1983, 23 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches (plate). Neuman printed 9 state proofs of the etching while employed as professor and chairman of the art department of Keene State College. Ship to Paradise-Paradise Found will also be included in Neuman's upcoming solo exhibition this August through November at the Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY.