Taiwanese Photographers’ Views of Homeland Featured in Art Gallery Exhibit

Aug 9, 2011

            Taiwan, the Republic of China, is a land known for both its natural and cultural diversity, ranging from vast mountains and forests to bustling cities and traditional arts. The works of four Taiwanese photographers show why their home cannot truly be represented by words alone.   

            The University of Scranton’s Hope Horn Gallery will present “Taiwan Sublime: Four Photography Masters’ Visions of the Treasure Island” from Monday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Oct. 7. 

            Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director of The Hope Horn Gallery, said the exhibit will consist of four different series that each display a distinct aspect of Taiwan.

            “All of the photographers featured give a different view of Taiwan,” Dr. Miller-Lanning said. “When the series are shown together, you get a complete view of the life and landscapes of Taiwan.”

            Chi Po-lin’s “In Soaring – An Elevated Vision of Natural Taiwan” gives an aerial view of Taiwan’s landscape, including its mountains, coastlines, and waterways. Liu Chen-hsiang’s “In Passion – Heavenly Feast of the Performing Arts” displays dramatic shots of Taiwan’s modern and traditional forms of dance and other performing arts. Huang Ting-sheng’s “In Folkways – Melding the Mundane and the Celestial” reveals everyday life in Taiwan. Chen Chih-hsiung’s “In Interfaces – Rhythms of Nature and Humanity” shows the contemporary, built landscapes and buildings of Taiwan.

           Jeremy Hu, co-founder and curator of the Works Gallery in New York, N.Y., will give a lecture on “Taiwan Sublime” at Brennan Hall on Oct. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a public reception at The Hope Horn Gallery, from 6 to 8 p.m., as part of downtown Scranton’s First Friday.

           In addition, The Hope Horn Gallery is offering ink wash workshops based on “Taiwan Sublime: Four Photography Masters’ Visions of the Treasure Island.” Participants will use brush and ink techniques to create simple landscape drawings. School and community groups may call to schedule times.

          In addition to the exhibit, the University will host an Interdependence Day and Asian Moon Festival Performance by the internationally acclaimed Chai Found Music Workshop Ensemble on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. The performance, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place in the Houihan-McLean Center. The ensemble will also conduct an educational workshop for area elementary and high school students on Monday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. The workshop is free of charge, however reservations are required to attend and can be made by calling 941-4094.

         The Hope Horn Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall, is open Sunday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. For additional information, contact The Hope Horn Gallery at 941-4214.


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