Art Exhibit-Sheryl Oring, Writers Block
September 01, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
Box Office 540-458-8000
Washington and Lee University, Staniar Gallery
September 1– 30, 2018
Lecture & reception: Wednesday, September 26, 5:30pm
The centerpiece of Sheryl Oring’s exhibition is a series of sculptures in which the artist has enclosed hundreds of typewriters from the 1920s and 30s in sculptural boxes made of rusty construction steel. By “caging” the typewriters, Oring symbolically takes away the writer's means of expression as a metaphor for censorship, asking viewers to consider their own ideas about freedom of speech. "Writer's Block" premiered on Berlin's Bebelplatz, site of that city's Nazi book-burning, on the 66th anniversary of the 1933 event that destroyed the works of authors ranging from Nelly Sachs and Else Lasker-Schaler to Bertolt Brecht and Arnold Zweig. Oring’s work has been shown at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai; Encuentro in São Paulo, Brazil; Art Prospect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Jewish Museum Berlin; Bryant Park in New York; the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA; the Boston Public Library; and the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago. She is based in Greensboro, NC where she is an Associate Professor at UNC.
Staniar Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm.