First Floor Art Gallery: Bogarting Hogarth
The IU Southeast Library Art Gallery is happy to host "Bogarting Hogarth," a look back by eight contemporary artists on scenes from William Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress.” A reception for this show will take place on Friday, October 10th from 5-6pm.
About Bogarting Hogarth:
In 1730’s England, the prints of William Hogarth were big business; his moralist tales were accessible by all. Trained as an engraver in his youth, Hogarth (1697-1764) was a working painter, but gained fame and fortune through his darkly humorous etchings set in London taverns and gambling halls. In these series, easy-to-understand moralist themes were played out in sequence like a comic strip. Sharp social comment elevates the plates into a kind of early political cartoon.
A grant from Indiana University Southeast financed the print exchange “Bogarting Hogarth”, organized by Southern Indiana artist and participating printmaker David Spencer-Pierce. In the accompanying exhibition are eight printmakers’ takes on scenes from Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress”.
Spencer-Pierce notes that, “narrative series like Hogarth’s “A Rake’s Progress” and “A Harlot’s Progress” are the “Aesop’s Fables” of printmakers. They are universally recognized examples, familiar to all printmakers, and an attractive subject for a collaborative work.” In this collaborative effort, each artist selected a plate from the “Rake” series to re-imagine. The resulting fresh look at Hogarth’s satirical images is played out in a variety of focus, media, and styles.
Hogarth enjoyed such great popular success with his moralist series that when a rash of counterfeit “Hogarths” hit the market, Parliament enacted the first copyright law, today still nicknamed, “Hogarth’s Law”.
In this exhibition, the new works are displayed side-by-side with the images of Hogarth’s originals. Each retells Hogarth’s tale that explores the decline of an archetypical “rake”, fittingly named Tom Rakewell; poster boy for hard living and hedonism.
Third Floor Exhibit Space: Center for Cultural Resources
The Library has generous exhibit spaces on all three floors, and an art gallery on the first floor. On the main (second) floor, there are large glass cases, some of which are lockable. These cases are suitable for display of books, photographs, artifacts, etc., and the lockable cases provide a secure display area for rare or valuable materials. Similar cases are available on the first and third floors. The first floor art gallery is designed for display of hanging art, and there are lockable glass cases nearby. The Library creates exhibits for these spaces but also makes the space available for other appropriate uses. For information, call the Library Reference Desk (941-2489) or Pam Asberry (941-2262).