Art Exhibit and Performance

Forty images from the Western Gallery Collection, telling stories and offering narratives of historical and fictional events, will be on display in Wilson Library from May 30 to July 30 in a show titled “Superposition: Merging Narratives Past and Present.”

The term superposition, from the field of quantum mechanics, refers to a system existing in all possible states when unobserved; similarly, a work of art can exist in any number of interpretations until it is viewed, when the viewer narrows it down to a personal reflection. It is hoped that the images in this exhibition, covering topics as various as mythology, daily life, and identity, will stimulate multiple interpretations.

Students in Art History 490, Exhibition: Theory and Practice, did all of the research on the images, wrote the wall text relating the narratives specific to the works, and participated in the works’ installation in the library.

The opening of the exhibition will involve performances that revolve around selected images from the exhibition. These performances will occur in the Wilson Library’s Learning Commons from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 5; and from 9-10 a.m. on Monday, June 9. Following the performances there will be a “Conversation in Common” in the Learning Commons about the works performed.

The exhibition is being installed with the help of Sarah Clark-Langager, director of the Western Gallery, and Paul Brower, Preservation and Museum Specialist 2, and in consultation with library staff Leslie Hall, Michelle Becker, Clarissa Mansfield, and Shevell Thibou.

The show is free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibition or for disability accommodation, please contact Julia Sapin at (360) 650-3670  or

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