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Freyberger Gallery presents Naomi Grossman: Body Language

Naomi Grossman Body Language
The Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery will present the exhibition Naomi Grossman: Body Language from March 16 to April 14, 2011. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Freyberger Gallery. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  

Beginning March 15, the Freyberger Gallery will be open during the installation for visitors to participate in the *[don’t] tell me project. In this installation, participants are invited to write a sentence or two or draw a figure and integrate their contribution into the structure provided. This creation will become a reflection of the campus community’s desires, secrets, and random thoughts. This project will continue with Grossman’s arrival on March 16, and through the opening reception on March 17, where the work will be presented as a collaborative installation. The project will continue through Friday March 18, with additions by the campus community.

Grossman has been creating art work, both painting and sculpture, for more than thirty years, focusing her attention on what it means to be human. Her sculptures and drawings reference the human form with words coursing through them. Suspended and seated wire sculptures seem to evolve with time, the words revealing secret messages, obsessive thoughts, and desires.

“Falling figures, chairs floating ghostlike in space, figures leaning against each other in comfort and support–they bring up issues of loss, displacement, isolation, insecurity, and the desire for connection and love,” explains Grossman. “My work shows humans revealing their fragility and anxiety in our twenty-first century."

A native of Long Island, NY, Grossman spent decades working as a mathematician and teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Queens College in New York and a master’s degree from New York University, and taught college math courses. Several decades ago, she switched gears and followed her calling to be an artist. She began taking classes at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and never turned back.
The Freyberger Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Marilyn Fox, Gallery Director, at 610-396-6140 or via e-mail at MJF14@psu.edu.
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