Dr. Erin Devine, associate professor of art history and humanities at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will be exhibiting her work, “The Rest is for You,” in The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at the Woodbridge Campus, 2645 College Drive (WAS). The exhibition is open Feb. 25 through March 25, with an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“The Rest is for You,” is described by Devine as performance-based videos that are a reflection of both her artistic practice and her research as an art historian. As an artist-scholar, Devine said her videos will reflect body art, performativity and gender, which is a personal and feminist response to art history.
“The video-performances, produced since 2014, investigate the misleading and restrictive cultural definitions of incorporating a series of ambiguous narratives and gestures to uncover the irretrievable histories of artists Hortense Fiquet Cézanne, Jeanne Hébuterne, and Musa McKim,” Devine said. “A fourth piece using French painter Edouard Manet’s notorious model Victorine Meurent as the subject expands upon the theme, but moves from a Canon high-definition digital SLR to an Epic Red film camera.”
Originally from Louisville, Ky., Devine received a Ph.D. in contemporary art from Indiana University. This exhibition marks her promotion to associate professor of art history and Humanities at NOVA-Woodbridge, where she is also the director of the New Gallery for Contemporary Art. Although her work has been included in exhibitions regionally and internationally, this is Devine’s first solo exhibition since completing her dissertation in 2011. In addition to her art work and curating, she is a regular contributor to Art Papers, Washington City Paper, and Woman’s Art Journal.
An artist lecture will be held in the Black Box Theater next to The Gallery immediately following the reception at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Arts and Sciences Building and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Parking is free in all B lots after 4 p.m. For further information, contact Gallery Director, Erin Devine firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://blogs.nvcc.edu/wogallery/.
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