CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
August – December 2018
“Lois Greenfield: Moving Still” is a groundbreaking show, accompanied by a published monograph, that marks a radical departure from her previous body of work, gravity-defying images of dancers in flight. In this very contemporary collection, perplexing scenarios slowly unfold, and yet the mystery intensifies with what is revealed. These images capture the grace and power with which dancers bend their body, as well as time and space, giving us a glimpse of the movement continuum apparent in dance improvisation. The laws of logic are replaced by the paradox of inversion – the moving elements solidify, and what appears immobile is in flux.
(pictured above: Sean Carmon of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 2016)
A Place of Large Advantages
January – December 2019
The Norton Center will celebrate Centre’s bicentennial with an exhibition of historic photographs drawn from the Centre archives. The exhibition will be on display throughout the spring and fall terms of 2019. The photographs will include scenes not only from Centre since receiving its charter from the state legislature on January 21, 1819, but also from Kentucky College for Women and the Kentucky School for the Deaf, two local institutions with close historic ties to the College. The exhibition additionally will feature some remarkable artifacts from the collection, such as architectural blueprints, 19th-century diploma seals from Centre and KCW, and student newspapers handwritten and illustrated during the Civil War.
WAR IS ONLY HALF THE STORY
The Aftermath Project at 10 Years
January – May 2018
“War is Only Half the Story” is the tenth-anniversary exhibition of The Aftermath Project, a non-profit, grant-making and educational organization that support photographers documenting the aftermath of conflict. The exhibition highlights The Aftermath Project’s commitment to educating the public about the true cost of war and the real price of peace through visual storytelling.
2,000 DEGREES: A FIRE ODYSSEY
featuring Kensuke Yamada and Stephen Rolfe Powell
September – December 2017
2,000 Degrees: A Fire Odyssey is a three-dimensional exhibition that features whimsical hand-built ceramic sculptures by Japanese artist Kensuke Yamada and exquisite glass creations by Danville native Stephen Rolfe Powell, and highlights new collaborative pieces created by the artists specifically for this show.
Our Living Past: Photography Exhibit
January – April 2017
An exhibit of photographs from Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. This exhibit highlighted the question of how poverty, geography, and age limited the exposure of blues artists in the American south, encouraging the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform had “died out.”
Rohming Around: Untitled Works by Robert Rohm
April – June 2017
An exhibit composed of five totemic sculptures created by sculptor Robert Rohm. These works are meant to serve as a stand-in for the human figure. The artist viewed the figure as a container or cage that held the spirit. This exhibit was curated by Mackenzie Nichols, Centre College Art History Major,’17.
The Painting Hour
January – April 2016
“The Painting Hour” was an exhibit of works by Centre College professor Ken Keffer, painted during his travels in the Summer of 2015. Each piece was created in just 60-90 minutes, and as a body of work encourage the viewer to consider the relationship between art and time.
In addition to rotating exhibits, the Norton Center’s Grand Foyer boasts an expansive display of art and sculpture year round, with works by Auguste Rodin, John Clem-Clark, Tony King, Stephen Lorber, Jon Digmann, Jean Olivia, Robert Anderson, James Del Grosso, Davis Cone, and Stephen Powell, to name a few.
Located at our entrances are two very important works of art:
Ex Astris (1978). The 14-foot, brass-plated sculpture by Louisville artist Tom Lear is located at the main entrance to the Newlin Hall foyer of the Norton Center for the Arts. Installed in 1978, the work was provided by an anonymous gift to Centre for its execution. The name means “from the stars.”
The Haven Gillespie Fountain and Plaza (1973, renovated in 1994 and 2010) was a gift made possible by Audrey R. Gillespie in memory of James Haven Gillespie 1888-1975 and his son Haven Lamont Gillespie 1910-1990.