Friday, Mar. 18, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

A journey through six decades of art and history awaits visitors to “Ar[t]chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990,” an exhibition opening Apr. 8 at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery.

“Ar[t]chive” features 44 works by 30 American artists represented in the Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection. The exhibition was developed by 17 student curators in a museum studies class taught by Faulconer Gallery Director Lesley Wright.

“The playful title of the exhibition reflects its unique installation: works are displayed in chronological order surrounded by local and global events from the time of their creation,” Wright said. “By presenting the works in this fashion, the student curators hope to draw attention to the interplay of art and history.”

“Ar[t]chive” features a variety of media from a diverse group of artists in the college collection, including Grant Wood, Alexander Calder, Antonio Frasconi, Joyce Kozloff, Wayne Thiebaud, and Sandy Skoglund. An online catalogue provides more information about selected artists and works in the show:

Faulconer Gallery will host several public events to further explore the connections between art and history. All events will be held in the gallery or the adjacent Bucksbaum Center for the Arts rotunda.

• Fri, Apr. 8: opening reception, 5-7 p.m. with refreshments

• Thurs., Apr. 21: gallery tour, 4:15 p.m. with presentations by student curators about selected works from the exhibition

• Sat., Apr. 23: Community Day, 1-3 p.m. with historical folksongs from the Grinnell-based Too Many Strings Band, storytelling, costume-making, time capsule construction, a photo booth, and informal gallery tours by student curators

• Thurs., Apr. 28: panel discussion, 4:15 p.m. “Chronicles of Connection: Faculty Work at the Intersection of Art and History” with Matthew Kluber (art), Sarah Purcell (history) and Kesho Scott (American Studies)

“Ar[t]chive: American Art in Historical Context, 1930-1990” is open April 8 through June 5 during gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m. or by appointment. The exhibition runs concurrent through April 17 with “Of Fables and Folly,” an exhibition of recent work by South African artist Diane Victor. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit