Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition at Marist Gallery

6th Century bronze Greek Corinthian helmet is focal point of show

By Deana Hasandjekaj '15, Office of Public Affairs

POUGHKEEPSIE (Sept. 18, 2013) – The opening reception for the annual Marist College Art and Art History Exhibition will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5 -7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s exhibit will feature a very special piece, a bronze Greek Corinthian helmet from the 6th century B.C. 

Helmet in Gallery

Ed Smith, professor of art and gallery director, met an art and antiquities dealer over the summer, while teaching in Venice, Italy. The dealer, a Marist parent, was able to arrange a loan of the helmet with its owner, a private New York collector, so that the piece could be featured in the College’s gallery.

Smith was inspired to pursue the helmet by "The Boxer," a Greek bronze that was featured over the summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"That great piece made me think, 'why couldn't we do something on a smaller scale here at Marist?'" Smith says. His hope was that he would be able to find a piece that possessed the same gravity and beauty as "The Boxer."

This helmet meets that high standard. The piece enables students to study the Hellenistic history and spirit, concepts from ancient Greece that continue to be relevant today, Smith says. "Since we've got the new core going on, we want to try to engage more and more students in different ideas," he says, "not only in art." 

The show will essentially have two parts: artwork completed by Marist faculty throughout the year and works that were done specifically in response to the helmet, making it the focal point of this year's exhibition.

Professor of Art James Luciana, for example, will show two pieces specific to the helmet. Luciana created "Shadow Warrior" and "Ritual Vessel" using giclee (inkjet printing). "Professor Luciana took digital files and created a completely new hybrid," Smith says of these works.

In "Ritual Vessel", Luciana digitally manipulated the helmet and turned it into a vessel underneath a background that he created. Luciana, a longtime member of the Marist art faculty, has written numerous books about both digital and film photography.

This exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 19. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

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