For Immediate Release —December 29, 2008
David Irwin
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Tom MacPherson Installation Raises Issues Through Images of Grandmother’s Home

GENESEO, N.Y. – The State University of New York at Geneseo will feature the works of faculty member Tom MacPherson in the exhibition “Tom MacPherson:  The Italian American Family Album” Jan. 20 – Feb. 21 in the college’s Lederer Gallery.  The exhibition, which  is free and open to the public, is an interactive and collaborative installation of egg tempera paintings placed within the simulated environment of MacPherson’s grandmother’s home.  MacPherson is professor of art at Geneseo.

“The exhibit raises issues about family, immigration, domesticity, memory and the transmigration of individuals and families,” said Cynthia Hawkins, director of galleries at SUNY Geneseo.  “His work shows how that transmigration reformed relationships to the ‘old country’ and culture and shaped their relationship to the new country and culture.”

The installation began with the living room in his grandmother’s home in 2007.  Since then, he has completed her dining room and bedroom.  The rooms contain some of MacPherson’s grandmother’s actual furniture as well as some acquired period pieces.  Within the rooms are egg tempera paintings of MacPherson’s family members that detail particular aspects of their lives.  The artist’s goal is to complete an installation that reproduces his grandmother’s entire house.

MacPherson has exhibited his evolving installation at numerous venues across the country and has exhibited other paintings and prints at both national and international exhibitions.   A reception for the artist is scheduled Jan. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lederer Gallery.  The event is open to the public without charge.

The Bertha V. B. Lederer Gallery is in Brodie Hall on the SUNY Geneseo campus.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.  For additional information, call 585-245-5814.