Coe art exhibitions feature rare Pablo Neruda books, the drawings of Lou Ferreri

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-10-10 10:05:56 - General

Coe College will host two special exhibitions in the Sinclair Galleries as part of an upcoming art show. "Index of Influence: Archiving Pablo Neruda’s Poetry and Politics" is a collaboration between Assistant Professor of Art History Ranelle Knight-Lueth and Assistant Professor of English Audrey Golden, whose award-winning Pablo Neruda collection will be displayed in the Marvin Cone Gallery. In addition, an exhibition of drawings by the Minnesota-based artist Lou Ferreri, "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible," will take place in the Vivian Eaton-Buchan Gallery.

An opening reception for both shows will be held in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., will include brief gallery talks with Audrey Golden and Lou Ferreri at 6 p.m. The exhibitions will remain open during regular gallery hours from 4 to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 13. All events are free and open to the public.

The Chilean writer Pablo Neruda is often best known for his exquisite love poems. "There is something about Neruda," wrote Mark Strand, "—about the way he glorifies experience, about the spontaneity and directness of his passion—that sets him apart from other poets." Less well known to many readers is Neruda's political life and activism, for which he crisscrossed the globe, serving as consul in Argentina, Spain, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore.

After speaking out against the Chilean government's violent repression of a strike, Neruda was forced into exile, re-emerging in France and later in Mexico. "Index of Influence" brings together archival material from 40 countries to examine Neruda’s global political and literary significance on the 45th anniversary of his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

For six years, artist Lou Ferreri covered hundreds of pages of The New York Times in sprawling, imaginative drawings collated into the exhibition "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible." Like works by Joan Miro, Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso, Ferreri's colorful drawings abstract recognizable imagery through free-association, dense patterning and surreal juxtapositions. This series is hung using coat hangers, clothespins and envelopes, affirming Ferreri's commitment to transforming everyday materials and daily rituals into art.

Born in Brooklyn and currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ferreri's decades-long art practice includes two published books, "Ostrich Logic" and "So Long, Betty and Veronica." He is the recipient of awards from the McKnight Foundation and the State Arts Board.

For more information on the exhibits, call 319-399-8000.