The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery exhibits paintings, sculpture, photographs, and mixed media by professional artists (including faculty) and students of the Visual Arts Department. Lectures and discussions with the exhibiting artists are scheduled in conjunction with the opening of shows in the Gallery.
Located in the College's Campus Center, the Gallery’s three levels, connected by ramps, feature nearly three thousand square feet of exhibit space, plus track lighting that can be adjusted to highlight the displays. The center level opens onto an outdoor sculpture court that can be used to house outdoor displays. The entire facility is supported by two adjacent rooms for preparation and storage of exhibit materials.
Amelie A. Wallace Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Our Land, a new exhibition comprising photography and video by artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and their diaspora. Curated by Anthony Hamboussi, photographer and adjunct professor of Visual Arts at SUNY College at Old Westbury, the exhibition explores intersections of land, power, and politics to question dominant historical narratives and current Western perceptions of the MENA region. Interested in modes of self-representation, Our Land presents the work of Arab artists based in or having ancestral ties to the region, to consider landscapes of colonization and postcolonial reconstruction, indigenous land rights, ecological injustice, and war.
Interrogating the darker histories of landscape photography and “development” in non-Western countries, the exhibition questions the neutrality of scholarly and scientific landscape image production, and the roles of said images and development in imperialism and domination of the region.
The works in Our Land were selected for the ways in which they challenge simplistic representations of cultural identity. In turn, the exhibition compels us to reconsider our relationship to the land and its exploitation under advanced capitalism and environmental crisis.
Artist Talks by Manal Abu-Shaheen and Aisha Mershani, moderated by Rania Lee Khalil: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
- Mondays and Fridays: 12 pm – 5 pm
- Tuesdays through Thursdays: 12 pm – 7 pm
The Gallery was formally dedicated to Amelie A. Wallace of Garden City on May 22, 1979. The late Mrs. Wallace, a member of the Old Westbury College Council from 1974 to 1980, was honored for her unflagging interest in the College and the State University as well as support of the arts at Old Westbury.
Email: yih [at] oldwestbury.edu