"Renaissances" opens July 1 @ Harrison Center for the Arts / by Brian Prugh

An adulterated image of Michelangelo's Laurentian Library, which forms the visual basis for the show.

An adulterated image of Michelangelo's Laurentian Library, which forms the visual basis for the show.

I have a new show opening July 1 in the Harrison Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts - 1505 N. Delaware, Indianapolis. 

Opening Reception: July 1, 6-10 pm.

Description:

Are we living in a new dark age? Is this the dawn of another Renaissance - are we experiencing a new re-birth of classical culture?

Classical culture, while it never really dies, is constantly being “reborn.” Occasionally we mark these re-births in history as a “Renaissance.” Teaching just across 16th street from the Harrison Center at Herron High School – a classical liberal arts high school – has given me occasion to reflect on whether we are at the beginning of a new “Renaissance.” If we are, I believe it is urgent to ask two questions: To what are we returning? How shall we make it our own?

"Renaissances" is a provocation to consider these questions and a manifestation of my own (provisional) answers. The installation is loosely based on Michelangelo’s design for the Laurentian Library foyer and reading room in Florence, a design which in turn influenced Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals and his later chapel paintings, which have been influential in my own thinking about painting.