Current Exhibit - Dead Ringer
Guest Curator Elizabeth Duffy
June 7th – July 14th, 2019
Artist Reception - Friday, June 7th @ 6-8 pm
"At first glance, the artists in Dead Ringer construct familiar objects and images: a bikini, a brick, a faceted glass vase. On closer inspection, an undercurrent of disquiet and hidden meanings emerge. The artists in Dead Ringer ask viewers to disassemble their works, to consider both what they think they see and the realities and epiphanies that come with closer looking. Calm and order feel alien to this moment of #MeToo, fake news and inexorable cruelty. Each of these artists makes works that are indelible, jaggedly smart and timely, looking at our moment and refusing to sugar-coat its anxieties." - Elizabeth Duffy, Curator
J. Myszka Lewis
*This exhibit contains mature content, viewer discretion is advised.
Statement from the Board – Dead Ringer
June 13, 2019
The Bristol Art Museum is a venue for the expression of art and for the conversations that flow from the interpretation of the many varied and diverse artists whose works are exhibited here. That is exactly what has transpired with the “Dead Ringer” exhibit that opened last week. There are times when the decision to showcase certain works of art lead to a lively debate amongst members of the Board, especially when the content may be considered controversial by some members of the community.
“Dead Ringer” is a powerful demonstration by artists with strong messages. Their art has provoked exactly the type of discussion that art should – a community dialog.
Unfortunately, one member of our Board has chosen to discuss our internal Board deliberations and mischaracterize Board discussions as well as the reasons why two other members have resigned. On June 12, the full Board voted unanimously to immediately remove that board member for not working in the best interests of the Museum and its membership.
To be clear, one member did resign because of the content contained in the Dead Ringer exhibit and we are sorry that individual has decided to leave our Board although she will continue to support the Museum. The other resigned for personal reasons. Under our charter, Board resignations take effect 60-days after they are submitted in order for there to be continuity and so both members remain until mid-July.
There have been misinformation and rumors about the opening and duration of Dead Ringer. The show opened as scheduled on June 7th with our usual artists reception. There has been no change in the public’s access to the exhibit which will be open to the public during our usual business hours, Thursday – Sunday, 1-4 pm through July 14th as planned.
“Dead Ringer” is a powerful exhibit that encourages appreciation of the arts in line with our mission and the exhibit and ensuing dialog is central to our goal of engaging diverse audiences with the arts of our time,” said Jane Lavender.
The mission of the Bristol Art Museum is to encourage the creation, promotion and appreciation of the arts through exhibitions and educational opportunities. Community outreach programs and partnerships are central to our goal of engaging diverse audiences with