April 10, 2019

“Orpheus Looked” at MCCC Kerney Gallery

“ORPHEUS LOOKED”: Works by New York-based photographer Rachel Stern will be on display in at Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney Campus Gallery in Trenton April 11 through May 9. A community reception and artist talk take place Wednesday, April 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) will showcase works by Rachel Stern in the exhibit “Orpheus Looked.” The show runs from Thursday, April 11 to Thursday, May 9. The community is invited to a reception and artist talk with Stern on Wednesday, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. The talk starts at 6 p.m.

JKCG is located in MCCC’s Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across the street from the James Kerney Building.

According to Michael Chovan-Dalton, the gallery’s director and curator, Stern’s exhibit explores the classical narratives on tragedy and power in a way that allows the viewer to enter and reexamine these tales through the use of contemporary construction.

“The images and the materials are both garish and luxurious,” said Chovan-Dalton. “Stern works with historical and literary moral touchstones that have influenced and guided Western culture for much of its history. Her treatment of these stories and events are meant to make us question our acceptance of normative roles, classic beauty, and conventional circumstances.”

A professor of photography at Columbia University, Stern received her BFA in photography and the history of art and visual culture in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design, attended Skowhegan in 2014, and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with an MFA in visual arts. Her work has been featured in BOMB, ArtFCity, Hyperallergic, and Matte Magazine.

JKCG hours are Mondays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for more information, visit www.mccc.edu/JKCgallery.