By Jake Weber
A multimedia exhibit illuminating universal and personal themes, "Oculus" is on display at Albion College through March 24. The show highlights the work of Albion College adjunct art instructor Anne Hennen Barber, this year's Philip C. Curtis artist in residence. A reception for the show takes place Thursday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.
Barber explains that the video, sculpture and drawings in the exhibit examine three periods of her life: adolescence, work, and motherhood. "Each film uses a few central metaphors to examine the major relationships in my life. My father is seen through the small town theatre he owned, my children are heard in a soundtrack while the seasons are depicted," Barber excplained. "This work examines the overlapping desire to have both a family and artistic life."
Barber has taught video art and photography, along with introductory art classes, at Albion College since 2004. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, touring exhibitions and film festivals throughout the U.S. and her film "Compact" is part of the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum in Duluth, Minn. Barber graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, majoring in studio art (sculpture and painting) and art history.
The Munro Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, which is open from Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 9 pm, Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The galleries are not open on Sundays, or during campus breaks or holidays.