The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is hosting a benefit gala, “Masks, Music, A Night in Venice,” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 in John Sutton Hall.
The gala re-creates a Venetian Carnevale Festival in contemporary Italy with a night of fine art, music, dinner and dancing. It will begin with a reception in the museum followed by performances, live and silent auctions, and dinner in the Blue Room. Festive masks are encouraged and reservations are required. The annual benefit event is showcasing the University Museum exhibition of “Layers: Places in Peril,” by artist Judith Waller and earth scientist Dr. James Brey.
Waller and Brey have collaborated on several projects to illustrate how environmental threats are confronting many of the world’s most beautiful cities and natural landscapes. Waller is a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin Colleges-Fox Valley. Brey is the director of the education program at the Meteorological Society in Washington, D.C., and professor emeritus of geography and geology at the University of Washington Colleges-Fox Valley.
“Layers: Places in Peril” refers to the convergence of layers in artwork and earth science, and the exhibition addresses the many different layers of human activity with increased hazed vulnerability to global climate change and natural disasters that threaten both cities and the environment. According to Brey, “Infrastructure is the glue that holds modern urban society together. Hazards attack people and infrastructure both; if the infrastructure becomes unusable, the toll of the hazard can be much greater and the time to recovery longer.”
The University Museum exhibition will demonstrate how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate. “By looking scientifically and our layered world and depicting it in layered paintings,” Brey said, “scientists and artists bring together academic elements that individually are interesting, but which together scream out for attention and understanding.” The artworks in “Layers: Places in Peril” suggest that through planning and action, people can develop a more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. The exhibition includes cityscapes of Florence, London, Venice, Seattle and the New York City metropolitan area.
The exhibition, in John Sutton Hall, Room 111, will run from Sept. 17 to Nov. 9 with a public reception scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The museum is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7:30 p.m.; Fridays from 2 to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
All University Museum exhibitions are free and open to the public, which is made possible by the College of Fine Arts and the University Museum Board of Directors. The University Museum at IUP is dedicated to the development of quality exhibitions and providing educational and public programs that challenge how we see ourselves and the social and natural world in which we live.
To make reservations, contact Carolyn Davis at the College of Fine Arts by calling (724) 357-2397. The cost is $125 per person.
For more information about the gala, events and lectures, visit the University Museum website, www.iup. edu/museum, or log on to Facebook and search for IUP University Museum.
PHOTO: Diana Friedline, left, Bill Double and Cathy Paterson began to get things ready Wednesday for the gala at the University Museum.