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Is it ART?

August 26, 2013 - June 12, 2015


Inspired by the New York Times article Is It Art? Is it Good? And Who Says So? this exhibition takes these perenial questions as a point of departure and provides a platform for viewers to investigate their own expectations about what constitutes a work of art.

Does a work of art need to be beautiful? Does it need to be serious?  Can it be made in this century by someone you know, or only by “masters” from the remote past?  Is it made of precious materials? Can anything be art?

Many of the works in this exhibition confront these basic questions, relying on ingenuity, intellect, and personal vision to respond to respond to culture and social climate.  This is not to say that the works should be considered artless.  To the contrary, these artists use compelling visual strategies to explore diverse subjects: including: politics, optics, commercialism, and mortality.  These works contribute to an ongoing conversation about what art is, and what art could be.

Where do we draw the line? And who decides?  Is it the artist, the critic, the collector, or museum?  Or is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

This exhibition project was researched, curated and designed by Advanced Museum Studies Students Alex Doersam ’12, Jocelyn Gurland ’13, Alexandria Kennedy ’15, and Rebecca Diefenbach ’13 in collaboration with the LUAG curatorial staff: Mark Wonsidler, Jeffrey W. Ludwig, and Professor Ricardo Viera.




August 26, 2013
June 12, 2015
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LUAG LOWER GALLERY, Zoellner Arts Center
420 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015 United States
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