Murals of Theodore A. Harris on display at Linfield Gallery Oct. 11-Nov. 20

Mixed media collage titled Vetoed Dreams by Harris

Theodore A. Harris / Vetoed Dreams / mixed media collage

The late art historian David Craven was a world-renown expert in Latin American art and using art as an expression of cultural critique. An exhibition dedicated to the Craven’s work by Philadelphia-based artist Theodore A. Harris runs from Oct. 11-Nov. 20 at the Linfield Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The exhibition opens with an artist talk with Harris at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the Linfield Gallery. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Face coverings are required for all attendees.

Titled “Art as Social Praxis,” the exhibition features murals, a photomontage and a series of posters that confronts the concepts of power and race structures through the lens of art and art history.

“His work [Craven’’s] taught me that an artwork is not just an object,” Harris said. “It is an object that acts as a mirror, reflecting the time of its creation and what you, the artist, had to say about that time in history.”

Harris is director and founder of The Institute for Advanced Study in Black Aesthetics, and in 2007 joined the Visual Artists Network. In 1985, he co-founded the acclaimed Anti-Graffiti Network/Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and he has taught there since then. Harris is a collagist, poet and author.

“Harris’ photomontage works interrogate the oppressive conditions under which too many with too little must confront the ideological and hegemonic forces in society,” said Brian Winkenweder, professor and chair of the Department of Art.  “Harris hopes to peel back layers of false consciousness so that we may all see the dehumanizing and alienating conditions that shape our daily lives.”

This exhibition is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series and the Linfield University Department of Art. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield University is made possible by the generosity of arts benefactor Ronni Lacroute.

To learn more about the performing arts at Linfield, visit linfield.edu/arts.