Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rob Roy: Witness series

Rob Roy, Witness #36

Rob Roy, Witness #41

Rob Roy, Witness #37


Rob Roy is co-curator of "For the Record" and also a participant in it. The works here are from his Witness series, which explore the imagery of war and American culture more generally. Roy has exhibited nationally and is a professor of Painting & Drawing at Montserrat College of Art.


Copyrighted images reproduced here by permission. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Robert Storr to speak at Montserrat College of Art

As part of the activities surrounding the "For the Record" exhibition, distinguished scholar Robert Storr will speak at Montserrat College of Art on September 30. Storr, who is dean of the Yale School of Art, is the author of many books and articles, including September: A History Painting by Gerhardt Richter. More details of the event will be forthcoming.

"For the Record: Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict" will be on view at Montserrat College of Art from August 22 to October 22, 2011. The exhibition explores the multi-faceted perspectives of global conflict and is intended to be a platform for discussion for the many complexities surrounding global conflict in the modern era.

The exhibit entitled "For the Record: Searching for Objectivity in Global Conflict" is curated by Professors Gordon Arnold and Rob Roy, of Montserrat College of Art,  in collaboration with Leonie Bradbury, Director of the Montserrat Gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Image (above): Cover of Robert Storr, September: A History Painting by Gerhard Richter. (Tate Publishing, 2011).  Available at Amazon. com

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Objectivity and Truth

"Very often, instructive data ... have been found in creative literature, which is less objective than clinical observation but all the more true because more inspired. After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth."

~ Helen Deutsche, The Psychology of Women: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation, Vol. 1. 
(New York: Grune & Stratton, 1950), page xii

The psychoanalyst Helene Deustche (1884-1982), a colleague of Sigmund Freud, was writing about research in psychology when she wrote these words. But the point she makes seems to have much broader applications. What is the relation ship between truth and objectivity? How do the arts contribute to our understanding of either? Or both?