January 11 2016
Arts Alive 2016 is underway at Elmira College with the display of Head of Titian's Venus 2015, a large scale oil painting by Elmira artist Dan Reidy. The painting will be displayed on the Gannett-Tripp Library's terrace level now through May 2016.
The 52”x60” painting references the famous Venus of Urbino, a 1538 oil painting by Italian master Titian that was described by Mark Twain in his 1880 travelogue A Tramp Abroad, as "the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses." Reidy's interpretation focuses on Venus's unabashed stare, a feature often debated by art historians. Reidy will speak about this painting and his other work that appropriates art historical imagery from the Renaissance through the Romantic Period at the first Arts Alive 2016 public lecture scheduled for 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10 in the Tripp Lecture Hall of the Gannett-Tripp Library. This event is free and open to the public.
Arts Alive at Elmira College is an annual celebration of the arts that features presentations, performances, and exhibitions by faculty, students and special guests throughout the Winter and Spring Terms. The events reflect the College’s long-standing dedication to the arts. Many forms of art are represented in the celebration, including the fine arts, the performing arts, music, and the application of art within various disciplines such as math and science.