Silber Art Gallery
The opening of the Silber Art Gallery in the Goucher College Athenaeum fulfilled President
Kraushaar’s vision of more than 50 years ago: to provide a suitably secure gallery dedicated
solely to the exhibition of art, both from the Goucher collection and from contemporary
artists and collectors outside the campus.
The Silber Art Gallery was made possible through the contributions of Sidney and Jean Flah Silber. Mr. and Ms. Silber have long appreciated the capacity of the visual arts to express meaning, communicate the insights and emotions of the individual, and convey the character of a place, a people, and a time. They realize how powerfully art can teach, both inside the classroom and beyond, and they understand the lessons it offers students of the human experience and the natural world. The gallery is the new home to Goucher’s permanent collection and its critically acclaimed program of contemporary art exhibitions. With 1,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 21-foot ceiling, the gallery is capable of housing large-scale art works. In addition to enabling us to display selections from the college’s permanent collection, the gallery hosts a range of programming, from the traditional to the experimental, featuring the work of students, emerging artists, and established names alike.
Rediscovering Goucher’s Lost Museum
Exhibit Dates: September 23 to December 15, 2021.
Rediscovering Goucher’s Lost Museum reconstitutes the remnants of the former Museum of the Woman’s College of Baltimore, a universal collection of Natural History, Art, and Ethnography assembled in the late-19th century. The show, supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, explores the history and legacy of Goucher’s historic Museum and the power of exhibition as an agent of storytelling. A collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, the exhibition considers the shifting practices and ethics of collecting, and diverse narrative strategies for telling the complicated history of objects. Goucher’s Lost Museum features storied artifacts and specimens; facsimiles; fictions; speculations; and the artistic contribution of contemporary artists whose work addresses ethical and archival gaps in museum and field research practices.
Including work by Jackie Milad, Kaitlin Murphy and Katie Wolfe & a print by Mark Dion produced with Goucher Students during his Unobskey Visiting Artist residency.
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Financial support and contributions provided by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, the Goucher College Center for Art and Media, the Lahey Fund, and other supporters of the contemporary arts.