Time Markers

June 2010
Written By: 
Kathryn White

Art exhibit explores geography of the past

Perhaps more than anyone, Southerners understand the importance of place and the significance of time. Our past—from where we have evolved—shapes us. For centuries, artists have worked to explore the relationship between time, place, and who we are. In recording their environments, or preserving an era, they build bridges from then to now. This summer, the Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents A Sense of Time; A Sense of Place. The exhibit features more than forty-four works by thirty-four artists, including Sigmund Abeles, Linda Fantuzzo, and Jonathan Green, carefully selected from each of the museum’s four permanent collections. Although the works span three decades and feature a range of media, each piece conveys the essence of a specific time or place. Often, the past summons strong emotions and vivid memories. This exhibit immediately establishes an emotional connection with the viewer. The presentation of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, lithography, and collage—many pieces figurative, narrative—provokes nostalgia and collective understanding. The art, though regarding time and place, ironically collapses such markers. Each piece evokes a universal, timeless message of the human experience. Take time to wander through A Sense of Time; A Sense of Place—and you’re likely to do more than simply pass time.

A Sense of Time; A Sense of Place Through September 26 Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum 3100 South Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach Tues.-Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., 1-4pm. Free. (843) 238-2510, myrtlebeachartmuseum.org


Photograph courtesy OF the Franklin G. Burroughs–Simeon B.Chapin Art Museum