March 26, 2010
Morningside College will host a discussion on the uneasy status of the image in art during the 1970s at 7 p.m., April 6, in the Helen Levitt Art Gallery in the Eppley Fine Arts Building, 3625 Garretson Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.
The title for this talk is Vandals and Veils: A Peek into the Helen Levitt Collection. Karen Emenhiser Harris, an adjunct professor at Morningside, will lead the discussion for this event. She will look at how artists like Robert Rauschenberg dissected the idea of imagery, taking it apart and reinventing it. She will touch base on how artists dealt with the problem of interpreting the world without imitating it.
Harris will be using pieces from the Helen Levitt Collection in her discussion. The collection was a gift to Morningside College from art collector Helen Levitt and includes works from artists such as Rauschenberg, Jean Dubuffet, James Rosenquist, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Miro, Louise Nevelson, Robert Motherwell, Rufino Tamayo and many others.
Harris has curated exhibitions of contemporary art, written about art, and teaches art and art history at Morningside College, Northeast Community College, and Wayne State College.