William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Biomythography: Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers

Curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbely
On view August 13-October 16, 2015

“I am a reflection of my mother’s secret poetry and hidden angers.” –Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

As defined by Audre Lorde in her seminal piece Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, biomythography combines “elements of history, biography and myth” to highlight the idea of multiple internal and external selves. This exhibition features video, performance, installation, sculpture, photography and two-dimensional mixed media works. It investigates biomythography as a practice in the visual arts. Works by the featured artists juxtapose historical facts, life experiences, pop culture, ritual, mythology, anthropological conjectures and notions of identity.

Exhibiting artists include Zeina Baltagi, Crystal Z. Campbell, Chris Christion, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Abdul Mazid, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Thinh Nguyen, Juliana Paciulli, Glynnis Reed, Rachelle Rojany, Yoshie Sakai, Monica Sandoval and Jessica Wimbley. Image: Glynnis Reed, No One Else, digital photo collage, archival print pigment print, 24 x 36 inches, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Learn more about the curators, artists, Biomythography, and so much more by visiting biomythart.com.

Special Events

Opening Reception
Featuring White Out History performance by artist Thinh Nguyen
Saturday, August 29 | 6-8 p.m.

Curator's Walk Through
Saturday, September 5 | 1 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Biomythography and Identity
Lundring Event Center
Thursday, October 1 | 6 p.m.

Couldn't make it to campus? Watch the recorded video»

Reading and Discussion by Poet and Nonfiction Writer Jacqueline Lyons
Wednesday, October 7 | 4 p.m.

Premiere: 100 Tikis Screening
Preus-Brandt Forum
Wednesday, October 14 | 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Exhibitions

On View: Oct. 30, 2015-Jan. 21, 2016
Opening Reception: November 7, 2015 | 5-7 pm

The secrets of the studio are passed between artists, in a gradual sharing of technique and encouragement. This exhibit reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.

The exhibit surveys paintings, drawings, and sculptures, featuring work by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Lynn Christopher, Elizabeth Jane Gardner-Bouguereau, Giambologna (Jean Boulogne), Jean-Léon Gérôme, Daniel Graves, F. Scott Hess, Luke Hillestad, Brad Kunkle, Hüicho Lé, Richard MacDonald, Antonin Mercié, David Molesky, Odd Nerdrum, Michael Pearce, Alicia Ponzio, Jon Swihart, Ruth Weisberg, Gary Weisman, and Lea Colie Wight. Generous loans were provided by the artists, The Tes Manley Collection, The Ross Family Collection, and the Dahesh Museum of Art. Curated by Michael Pearce.

Special events inlcude a tour in Italian and readings by writers Sofia Samatar and Justin Hocking as part of our Guest Writer Series.

About the Gallery

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has held many exhibits including: Western Salon featuring sculptures and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.

The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but typically include foreign language tours and lectures by professionals in the visual arts. Curator- or volunteer-led tours are available for free; we request that you make reservations beforehand.

For-credit, paid, and unpaid internships are available. Internships are designed to give students the opportunity to gain experience working in a university, museum-standards gallery setting. For students interested in a more hands-on approach, the School of Management and History Department (offering a Museum Studies Emphasis) are collaborating with Curator Rachel Schmid to offer a course in Spring 2015 in which students will curate an exhibition from start to finish utilizing the Gallery's permanent collection. Click here for more information.

For information about the gallery's exhibitions, tours, or internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu

About the Collector

Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze sculpture of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.

In addition to bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.

The gallery retains a small part of the collection, which Rolland and his wife Kay Green are still assembling. He intends to donate it to Cal Lutheran over time.