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New exhibitions planned at Tarble Arts Center

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CHARLESTON -- Several upcoming programs have been announced at the Tarble Arts Center located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

The first exhibition cycle will run from Aug. 13 through Oct. 30 and will open with "A Dark Matter…, Erin Washington: Ephemeros" and the "BLACKBOX SERIES—On Video: A Dark Matter, 2016."

Opening in the Main Gallery, "A Dark Matter…" is an exhibition or better yet a visual conversation about violence, economics and power. Using works by contemporary artists "A Dark Matter…" will examine the intersection of American violence and commerce, while also investigating how these power dynamics influence current American actions and attitudes.

This exhibition not only seeks to explore a murky and tumultuous terrain, but also create a dialogue about how we can forge ahead together, despite a dark history.

Ephemeros, the Greek translation for temporary or lasting a short time is an exhibition of work by Erin Washington on view in the Brainard Gallery.

Washington's work reminds that the physical world, including people, are ephemeral and fragile. Her images go beyond singular representations. The message is in the medium; but Washington is also a modernist with a bent for metaphor, science, sociology, and the antiquities.

The surfaces of her mixed-media works—like greying slate burnished chalkboards—reveal layered histories of scrawls, marks, and the passage of time. Forms orchestrated with white chalk, and reminiscent of graffiti, echo the hands of many and are siphoned into Washington's elegant and formally conscious interpretation of the world.

A public lecture featuring Erin Washington is planned at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Tarble Atrium.

Participating artists in the "Black Box—On Video: A Dark Matter, 2016" are Ebony G. Patterson, Cheryl Pope, Sheila Pree Bright and Hank Willis Thomas with Kambui Olujimi. The exhibition was made possible through the Tarble Arts Center Major Art and Artists Exhibitions Endowment in the EIU Foundation.

Sheila Pree Bright will present a public lecture on at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the Tarble Atrium.

Sponsorship for Exhibitions and Programming at the Tarble Arts Center is generously provided by: The Tarble Family Foundation, First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, EIU Art Department, the EIU Center for the Humanities and the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

The Tarble Arts Center is a major arts resource for the people of Central Illinois and Eastern Illinois University that focuses primarily on the visual arts. Its mission is to take the arts to the people.

The Tarble Arts Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Tarble is closed on Mondays, holidays and special installation periods.

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