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ART | 'Political Impressions'


Print Club of Rochester's current exhibit, "Political Impressions," is the organization's second international exhibition developed in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology, with the aim of introducing fresh perspectives and technical approaches to Rochester audiences. The group show is curated by Miranda Metcalf, Director of Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and this year's theme is based on the historic role that printmaking has played in shaping culture. The current global political landscape is examined in work by 31 artists including Liu Fu, Linda Whitney, Annie Bissett, Barbara Stikker, Genevieve L'Huereux, and Bundith Phunsombatlert.

In her juror's statement, Metcalf writes: "In a time in America where everything makes political impressions, from the clothing we wear, to the foods we eat, to how we choose to commute to work, it only seemed appropriate to return to this history and this function of printmaking" for the call for entries. Metcalf says she didn't want to encourage the "dogmatic partisanism which is so much a part of our current political strife," so when writing the invitation she encouraged artists to "stretch imagery and tap into the tongue and cheek tradition of political commentary rather than submit images filled with didactic or doctrinaire messages."

"Political Impressions" is on view at RIT's Bevier Gallery, James E. Booth Hall 7A, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, through August 11. Admission is free and gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 475-2646;