Human/Nature: An Exhibition Inspired by the Art of Judith Schaechter

John Brady Print Gallery

January 8 – May 9, 2021

To accompany A Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained Glass Art (featured in the Meredith gallery from February 13 – May 23rd, 2021) artist Judith Schaechter worked with Curatorial Manager Laura Burkhalter to choose work from the Art Center’s collection by artists who inspire her or which contains thematic connections to her masterful glass constructions. The following quote from Schaechter deftly sums up this unsettling, beautiful, and challenging gallery of works.

The fascination with humans and animals is vast. We are interested in our own behavior and would probably gape at every chance to witness our species at its best, worst, and everything in between. We are equally fascinated by our appearance—never missing an opportunity to really examine a person’s face or body. Social custom discourages this, but if we could, we would indulge. This extends to our fascination with animals and even plants—who serve as our proxies or as a reflection of our nature. We are amazed at the similarities to us, and quick to point out the differences. We are utterly amazed at how alien and strange we are to ourselves and how familiar animals can seem.

Art is a safe place to stare.

entirely unexpected