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The arts will show what is distinctively Ursinus. A museum exhibition and original dance performance will help launch the Inauguration festivities.

A new exhibition coinciding with the inauguration of 17th president Brock Blomberg combines Ursinus’s world-class collection of Lynn Chadwick sculptures with contemporary art in Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now. 

The opening reception is Oct. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. A dance performance will be part of the event.

Fifteen Ursinus junior and senior dance and theater seminar students will explore relationships and experiences in a series of dance and theater pieces, poems and sound scores inspired by the Tyger Tyger exhibition. The work is directed and co-choreographed by Professor of Dance Karen Clemente.

“The performance is entitled On the Brink of Now because the students are working in this special time period on our campus—making art during the time when we are on the brink of a new presidential era,” said Clemente. They will be performing around the sculptures and in the open spaces that the exhibition has created.

The art exhibition celebrates an Ursinus distinction: The Berman Museum holds the largest collection of works by British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) in North America—over 150 works of art.

Tyger, Tyger highlights and celebrates the Chadwick art while connecting it to a broader context through the artwork of contemporary artists that share thematic, stylistic, or conceptual themes with Chadwick, said curator Ginny Kollak. Six contemporary artists are featured in the exhibition: Nick Cave, John Coplans, Louise Despont, Anya Kielar, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, and Ruby Sky Stiler.

Also on view at The Berman Museum is Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz, which includes 50 wrenching photographs taken at Ground Zero during the Sept. 11 recovery phase. 

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