Reading Objects 2011

Responses to the Museum's Collection

By Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Edited by Wayne Lempka
Introduction by Sara J. Pasti

Subjects: Art
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9780615455082, 68 pages, December 2011

Table of contents

Sara J. Pasti
Mining The Dorsky Museum’s Collection
Wayne Lempka

The Objects

The Readings

Anita Gonzalez and Rachel S. DiMicco
Toro, ca. 1950 (Walter Bodmer)

Larry Carr and Holly Margaret Relyea
Entrance to a Wood II, 1961 (Clare Bush)

Anne Gorrick and Monica Jerminario
Haiku, 1952 (John Milton Cage)

Fran Smulcheski
Muslim Women, ca. 1966 (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Frank Boyer and Jared Young
Untitled, 1994 (Joe Concra)

Eleanor Wolfe and Stephen J. Macaluso
Painting, 2007 (Tim Davis)

Gale DellaRocco
Green Pastures, 1943 (Adolf Fassbender)

Ramona Kacyvenski and Lesley Wamsley
Legacy, 1992 (Thomas Grady)

Anne Petrosino
Harajuku Street, Tokyo, Japan, 1986 (Mark Greenberg)

Mara K. Loving and Susan Robinson
Untitled, ca. 1975 (Richard Hunt)

Carol Struve and Gerald Sorin
Keene Valley, Adirondacks, 1885 (George Inness)

Suzanne Stokes and Claire DellaRocco
The History of Art, 1997 (Doug Keyes)
Chris Brandon Whitaker and Alice Wexler
America in Crisis, 1969 (Roger Mallich)

Tom Blake and Maggie Caron
Two Goblets, 1973 (Eric Martin)

Stephen Kitsakos
6 A. M., 1937 (Austin Merrill Mecklem)

Sarah Gardner and Wendy Vierow
Brainwashed, 1966-1969 (re-printed ca. 1983) (Barbara Morgan)

Robert Capozzi and Annette Storckman
Confirmal EisenlohrBL 1sph(8/8)7_98, 1998 (Lilla Locurto & William Outcault)

Claire McGuire
Revenge of the Robin Red Breast, 1984 (Larry Rivers)

Jan Zlotnik Schmidt
Flood, 1999 (Christie Scheele)

Morgan Gwenwald and Laura M. Silvernail
Lamentation, 1990 (Mary Ann Unger)

Jaclynne Kerner
Jagannatha Triad (Jagannatha, Subhadra, and Balabhadra Enshrined), ca. 1955 (Unknown, India (Orissa, probably Puri))

Caroline Wolfe and Allison Carroll
Double vessel flask, ca. 001-200 AD (Unknown, Roman)

Peter D. G. Brown
Standing animal, ca. 2000â€"1200 BC (Unknown, Syria)

Maryann Fallek, Glenn McNitt and Angelia Lane
Amish Farmers at a Horse Auction in New Holland, PA, 1955 (Todd Webb)

k t Tobin and Gerry Torrone
New York City, New York, 1969, 1969 (Garry Winogrand)


Responses to works in the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.


Reading Objects 2011 is part of an ongoing, interdisciplinary series featuring works from the permanent collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The artworks are accompanied by texts or other responses prepared by SUNY New Paltz faculty, staff, and students.

Exhibitions such as Reading Objects 2011 are one of a number of ways that the Dorsky Museum is able to periodically display selections from its permanent collection of over five thousand objects. Like many museums, the Dorsky has many fine examples of artworks from diverse cultures and time periods that never see the light of day. It is these works—the ones that are housed in the dark recesses of museum storage—that this Reading Objects exhibition highlights.

Each staff member at the museum was asked to review the collection database and choose five objects that they felt would be good candidates for the exhibition, keeping in mind the work's potential for diverse narrative interpretations. Staff were also asked to consider works that had rarely or never before been on public display before. Thirty-seven selections were then pulled from storage for the staff to review, and this provided lively and spirited discussions as each staff member defended his or her selections. In the end, twenty-seven works made the final cut.

Wayne Lempka is Art Collections Manager at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art.