School 33 Art Center


“Early America"

04/22/2016 - 06/18/2016
“Early America"

School 33 Art Center presents “Early America,” a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Philadelphia-based artist Lewis Colburn in the Members and Project Space galleries from Friday, April 22 through Saturday, June 18, 2016. There will be a free opening reception with light refreshments on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-9pm. School 33 Art Center is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and is located at 1427 Light Street.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

At best, objects make unreliable tour guides. They cannot argue with the histories we imagine for them. Lewis Colburn’s work uses meticulous replicas of historical objects to question the ways in which we re­tell and re­interpret our narratives about the past. Colburn’s “Early America” series takes as its point of departure the artifacts and material culture of late 18th­century America. For obvious reasons, this is a time period that receives special emphasis in our popular histories; yet our narratives about this period are full of apocryphal, perhaps even fictional episodes, from George Washington and the cherry tree onward. “Early America” is Colburn’s ongoing engagement with these products of our romanticized past, generating a series of sculptures that live somewhere between art object, museum replica, and the furnishings for a yet to be realized living history site.

School 33 Art Center is dedicated to providing opportunities for visual and performing artists through solo and group exhibitions, art classes, hands-on workshops, a Studio Artist Program and special events. A program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, School 33 Art Center is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and through private contributions.  School 33 Art Center is the proud recipient of a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which supports fearless and innovative collaborations in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg.