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February 2, 2012

Swope kicks off anniversary with ‘Reflecting’ exhibit

TERRE HAUTE — Swope Art Museum will kick off its 70th anniversary by hosting the exhibition, “Reflecting Terre Haute,” Friday through March 10 in the Haslem and Hodge galleries. The two-part exhibition features historic works from the Swope collection and submitted works from contemporary artists.

The works in both halves of the exhibition interpret the community in which the Swope Art Museum was given a home by its founder, Sheldon Swope.

Included are artists who were nurtured by Terre Haute as well as those who know about the city only through the Internet.

Because many of the historic works from the Swope collection depict actual places in Terre Haute, the museum engaged Indiana State University photography professor Fran Lattanzio, who, with her son Austen Leake, documented those locations as they appear today.

These photographs will grace the labels of the works from the collection. The additional works by contemporary artists reflect an abundant variety of artistic expressions and a glimpse of the diversity of today’s Terre Haute.

The exhibition opens with “First Friday: A Stroll in the Valley” from 6 to 9 p.m. At 7 and 8, Lattanzio will give gallery talks about the challenges and insights gained as she and Leake scouted locations depicted in the historic half of “Reflecting Terre Haute.”

Continuing through March 24 in the Education Gallery, The Unusual Suspects brings to light artworks in the collection by artists whose work is influential but often overlooked and by artists whose works are not often exhibited at the Swope. The exhibition of works found off the beaten path was organized by the Swope’s collection manager, Jenna Lanman.

Open and free to the public since 1942, the Swope houses one of the Midwest’s premier collections of American painting, sculpture and works on paper. Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Charles Burchfield, George Bellows, George Luks, John Sloan, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Harriet Frishmuth, Frederick MacMonnies, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Robert Rauschenberg are all represented in the Swope’s collection, which spans the early 19th century to the present.

The Swope Art Museum is at 25 S. Seventh St. Admission is free.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; it is closed Sunday, Monday and national holidays.

For more information visit www.swope.org of call (812) 238-1676.

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