Berman Museum

Opening Reception for Winter Exhibitions

Come to the Berman Museum to celebrate the opening of Hard Work: Early Videos by Kate Gilmore and Adam DelMarcelle: Bearing Witness

Hard Work: Early Videos by Kate Gilmore

January 25 - March 10, 2019

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Kate Gilmore’s seminal early video works. Artist Kate Gilmore has been creating her single channel video pieces since the early 2000s. Trained as a sculptor, Gilmore began experimenting with video during her master’s education at School of Visual Arts in New York and has since gained international renown as a performative video artist.

Gilmore constructs absurd, even wacky, obstacles that she must overcome, all while wearing a dress, heels, and a full face of makeup. Every piece is performed and recorded privately by Gilmore—the camera being her only witness. In Cake Walk (2005), Gilmore wears a pair of roller skates and attempts to climb a slanted wooden wall. In With Open Arms (2005), Gilmore repetitively holds her arms open wide, trying to indicate the end of a performance. She is pelted with tomatoes and constantly wipes juice from her eyes, all while maintaining a beaming smile. Although Gilmore is always the performer, she does not view herself as the subject of her pieces, instead choosing to see the female body as subject and manipulated form.

What connects all these works is the element of struggle; Gilmore’s character must struggle to complete the challenge she has set up for herself, no matter how impossibly difficult it may appear. While to some viewers Gilmore’s works may seem merely silly, these videos more importantly serve as pointed critiques of the societal and self-inflected barriers women experience as they struggle to succeed. However, Gilmore does not set out to make exclusively feminist minded pieces, as she states herself: “We all know what it means to struggle, to ‘lose it’”.

 

Adam DelMarclle: Bearing Witness

January 25 - May 18, 2019

Bearing Witness is a compilation of immersive and deeply moving multi-media works by Adam DelMarcelle that directly address the opioid crisis with a graphic and eye-catching approach. An artist, professor and designer, DelMarcelle focuses on using design activism to address larger societal issues, and his work has been receiving both local and national attention. 

Since losing his brother to an opioid overdose, and discovering countless more families torn apart by this issue, DelMarcelle has devoted his art to bringing awareness to this epidemic that is gripping his community of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and many others nationwide. This exhibition brings together numerous mediums, including video and slide projections, audio recordings, and street art style prints, that inspire personal reflection and advocate the need for public dialog and action. 

Organized in conjunction with Ursinus College’s Museum Studies class, Bearing Witness is co-curated by five students—Tiffini Eckenrod, Abigail Krasutsky, Greta Lagerberg, Alfredo Negron Paradis, Max Stout—and their instructor, Gloria Mast.

 

All Berman exhibitions are free and open to the public.