Galleries display ‘solstice’ art for event

On June 22, the IU Art Museum will celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year — the summer solstice — with select works that evoke the spirit of the Midsummer Night from 7 to 9 p.m.

During the event, all three of the museum’s permanent collection galleries will be open, in addition to a self-guided tour available for visitors.

“Each curator chose pieces that they felt spoke to the theme of the evening,” said Diane Pelrine, curator of African, Oceanic and Pre-Colombian Art.

In making her selections, Pelrine opted for a variety of themes, including one particularly straightforward: pieces that are used during nighttime.

“I chose a mask made by the Baining peoples of New Britain for one of my pieces,” she said. “This mask is specifically worn at night during bonfires and ceremonies, and it holds a lot of cultural importance.”

Visitors to the third-floor gallery will also see a West Mexican jar in the shape of a pumpkin with three frogs supporting it and a face mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Other featured pieces for the evening include Rockwell Kent’s “Twilight of Man” and Walter Sigmund Hampel’s “The Vision” in the first-floor Art of the Western World Gallery.

The evening will also include free food, drinks and entertainment. Local acoustic jazz musician Curtis Cantwell Jackson is scheduled to perform. A cash bar will also be available.

— Caitlin Ryan

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