Upcoming Exhibitions

Presentation by Colleen Woolpert
Picturing Motion: How Movies Began in Syracuse

Storer Auditorium
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception at the Gallery 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Picturing Motion: How Movies Began in Syracuse is a presentation that delves into one aspect of the Persistence of Vision project. I had a fascination with the pre-cinema device known as the Mutoscope (1894) before I moved to Syracuse in 2007 and rented a photography studio at the Gear Factory on the Near Westside. By chance, a couple years later I discovered that the Mutoscope was invented in Syracuse--in fact, on the site where my studio was located. Incredulous, I made artwork in response (Eggbeater Mutoscope, 2010). In 2014, after living in Seattle for two years, I returned to Syracuse as Artist-in-Residence at the SALTQuarters (also located on the Near Westside). During my residency, I researched the Mutoscope inventors in depth and uncovered an inspiring story of four creative minds that made Syracuse a part of film history lore. Their success inspires me to move forward with the invention of my own optical device, a patent-pending stereoscope called the TwinScope Viewer. Picturing Motion: How Movies Began in Syracuse tells the story of these Syracuse inventors who fought the odds (and Thomas Edison) to bring photographs to life. One image displacing the next is the persistent blink of light upon darkness.


Gallery Exhibition: 27th annual 'Feats of Clay'

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Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
April 20 - April 30, 2015
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Evening Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Central New York's 'Feats of Clay' was established in 1987 as a means to foster education of the ceramic arts for Syracuse area High Schools. Feats of Clay has grown to include schools from Watertown and the north country to Binghamton and the southern tier as well. On view will be a selection of 100+ ceramic works by participating Central NY high school students. www.featsofclay.org