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Wake Forest's Hanes Art Gallery to open two exhibits Oct. 22


October 7, 2009

More than 65 snapshot photographs assembled by folk art collectors John and Teenuh Foster will be presented in “Accidental Mysteries:  Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs,” a new exhibit that will run from Oct. 22 to Dec. 9 at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University.

A second exhibit scheduled for the gallery during that time is titled “New Acquisitions to the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art.”  It is composed of new works of art acquired last spring during a New York City buying trip by students and faculty.  Every four years, such a group goes to New York City during Spring Break to visit galleries and select works for the Student Union collection, established in 1962. 

A reception for both exhibitions will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the gallery.  Admission to the gallery and the reception is free and open to the public.  John Foster, a Winston-Salem native who now lives in St. Louis, will present an exhibition lecture at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in Room 9 of the Scales Fine Arts Center.

“Accidental Mysteries” features found photographs collected by the Fosters from trips to antique shops and flea markets and through other means.  Found photographs have been recognized in recent years as works of art in published monographs and museum exhibitions, although they often were originally made as a record of family events.

In the exhibit, many photographs will be shown in their original snapshot format.  Some of the images will be presented as large-format inkjet prints.

The “New Acquisitions” exhibit will feature newly-acquired artworks created by five artists:  Christian Marclay, Corin Hewitt, Jonas Wood, Yinka Shonibare and Emily Jacir.  Eventually, they will join other Student Union Collection pieces on display in Benson University Center, Reynolda Hall and the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Pieces of the collection are on display also on Davis Field, adjacent to the Scales Fine Arts Center.

The entire Student Union Collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, photography and sculpture.  It features more than 160 pieces by more than 100 artists.

The “New Acquisitions” exhibit is being presented in conjunction with two other exhibits locally.  Reynolda House Museum of American Art will present an exhibit called “Now/Then:  A Journey in Collecting Contemporary Art at Wake Forest University.”  Also featuring Student Union Collection pieces, it will be held from Oct. 31 to Dec. 31.  Reynolda House is located at 2250 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. 

The other exhibit will be at START, the Wake Forest Student Gallery at Reynolda Village.  It is called “2009:  New Work in the WFU Student Art Collection” and will feature art created by Wake Forest students.  The exhibit will be held from Oct. 30 to Dec. 5.

The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On Saturdays and Sundays, it is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, call 336-758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Untitled anonymous snapshot
Untitled anonymous snapshot
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"Memento (Hearing is Believing)", by Christian Marclay.

Copyright Christian Marclay
"Memento (Hearing is Believing)", by Christian Marclay. Copyright Christian Marclay
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