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OCAC Faculty Barbara Tetenbaum
Artist and Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) faculty member Barbara Tetenbaum has been exploring Willa Cather's My Ántonia through large-scale art installations since 2010. On Thursday, September 13, the third part of Tetenbaum’s investigation of this great American novel and her personal experience reading it will debut at OCAC’s Hoffman Gallery. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be at the gallery through October 23.
“Tetenbaum’s rich investigation of My Ántonia through a variety of avenues, from the tactile printed text to the context of the Hoffman Gallery space, invites the viewer to map and ignite an understanding of the novel’s remarkable story,” said OCAC President Denise Mullen. “It’s a perfect example of how art can expand our visual understanding of our world, as well as enhance both our analytical and emotional perceptions.”
"I wanted to put myself in the position of a first-time reader and map my understanding of a novel as I listened to it on tape. I chose Cather's book almost at random. What I didn't expect was how completely obsessed I would become with the power and beauty of her writing, and her ability to use language to evoke the truth of lived experience,” said Tetenbaum. “In this new installation, I offer the visitor a chance to “see” the novel through short text prompts written on folded pages, on the gallery floor and walls, and on a carved information board mounted on a platform overlooking the gallery."
Tetenbaum is a professor and department head of Book Arts at OCAC. She is the recipient of two Fulbright awards to teach in Leipzig, Germany and in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic, and has received other awards of support for her artwork and research. Tetenbaum has been printing artist books under the imprint, Triangular Press, since 1979 and her books are held in public collections in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany and the Netherlands.