Star Store University Art Gallery

The exhibition, Frank Stella's Moby Dick: The Waves 1985-89, will be open to the public from Thursday, September 12 -- 5-9 PM during the AHA! Night celebration -- and will continue through October 19. The gallery is located on 715 Purchase Street and open Monday-Saturday from 2-5 PM, closed Sunday. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

The University Art Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, located in the renovated Star department store in downtown New Bedford, to feature an exhibition of thirteen large-scale prints by the artist Frank Stella inspired by Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.” 

The exhibition, “Frank Stella’s Moby Dick: The Waves 1985-89,” will be open to the public from Thursday, September 12 -- 5-9 PM during the AHA! Night celebration -- and will continue through October 19. 

The gallery is located on 715 Purchase Street and open Monday-Saturday from 2-5 PM, closed Sunday. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. 

The exhibition of the large scale Wave prints -- they measure more than 6 feet by 5 feet -- gives a wonderful opportunity to experience one of America’s foremost artists encounter with Melville and Moby Dick. The prints are in Frank Stella’s well-known abstract style, but also repeatedly feature imagery that can be read as a whale or a boat shape, or other descriptive forms and allusions that leave the viewer free to explore narrative and possible relationship to the text of the book. Each print is named for a specific chapter. 

The prints have been lent by the artist who also provided his personal copy of Moby Dick with extensive under linings and comments. Also on display are different books that Frank Stella otherwise referred to, including a book of Chinese lattice design. 

The curator -- the Melville scholar Robert K. Wallace -- will give a slide presentation on Frank Stella and Moby Dick on Saturday, September 14 at 2 PM, followed by a reception from 3-5 PM. 

Robert K. Wallace recently published the book,“Frank Stella’s Moby Dick: Words and Shapes,” the fruit of more than eight years of research and collaboration with the artist on the Moby Dick theme, which Frank Stella began in 1985 and only concluded in 1997. Copies of the book will be available for signing by the author after the slide presentation. The gallery also printed a poster for the exhibition featuring the print, “The Counterpane,” which will be on sale in the gallery. 

Funding for the exhibition was provided by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Student Senate, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Contact: Lasse B. Antonsen, Director, 508.999.8555. Lantonsen@umassd.edu


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