Lecturers to Discuss FHU's Grooms Exhibition

Two museum curators will speak at Freed-Hardeman University’s Opening Reception and Lecture for the Red Grooms exhibition Oct. 17 in Ayers Auditorium. The exhibit, including nine works by American artist Red Grooms, can be seen in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery from Oct. 16 through Nov. 16.

Bill Hickerson, curator of West Tennessee Regional Art Center, and Mark Hooper, curator of exhibits for the Tennessee State Museum, will begin their presentation at 5 p.m. Hooper, who personally worked with Grooms as an assistant and collaborator, will discuss aspects of Grooms’ studio practice. A reception will follow the lecture in the Bulliner-Clayton Fine Arts building.

“Rarely does a small university gallery get the opportunity to show original artworks by an internationally known artist such as Red Grooms,” Laquita Thomson, FHU art teacher, said. “Students in all disciplines should take the opportunity to see the works and hear lectures by those intimately involved with artist and curatorial practices.”

Six prints and three-litho structures from the Caldwell Collection at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center are featured in the Grooms exhibit. A resident of New York City, Grooms’ talents include painting, sculpting, printmaking, filmmaking and theatre design. His work has been featured in museums across the nation, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibit, which is free to students, faculty and members of the community, may be seen during gallery hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day.

The Grooms exhibition will serve as the centerpiece for FHU’s Connection Series, titled “Eureka! Creation and Hard Work.” The Connection Series is a weeklong program highlighting the interdisciplinary linkages impacting a topic of national importance.