Through the Kaleidoscope: Reflections on Identity Construction in Al and Vera Leese Collection

January 15 through March 9, 2006

A kaleidoscope - mirrors placed inside a cylinder with tumbling precious stones, beads or small pieces of glass - offers myriad views. Similarly this exhibition explores various facets of identity through a selection of works in the Al and Vera Leese Collection, which was gifted to the Western Gallery in 2005 by the Leese's daughter, Mrs. Marian Leese Boylan. Students in a seminar on "Exhibition Theory and Practice," taught by art_x000d_ historian Julia Sapin, focused on different categories of identity formation and selected works from the Leese Collection to amplify their themes: "Personal Spaces," "Social Constructs," Borrowed Identities," and Surface Identities."