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Wiliam Morris Exhibit at the Central Library

An excellent exhibit on William Morris and the Kelmscott Press is currently at the downtown library.

Kurt Von Voetsch at UB Anderson Gallery

This exhibition of drawings and mixed media reminds me of a horrible reoccurring dream I had, in which I was trying to dislodge or regurgitate something I imagined I swallowed. Sometimes it was a handful of small screws or paper clips or push pins, ridiculous ingestions that even on waking still made me cough and gag, trying to spit them out.

Ann Peterson at the Neighborhood Collective

Ann Peterson’s photographs on view at the Neighborhood Collective consist of pleasant and often strikingly beautiful views of the sort of we might hope to happen upon on a vacation trip, but might fail to notice until the camera—and the photographer behind the camera—views them first and points them out to us.

Elinor Whidden at UB Anderson Gallery

In Jack Kerouac’s seminal postwar novel On the Road, the driver explains the wanderlust that propelled his escape from late 1940s Manhattan: “It’s out there, man.” That, terse directional became a mantra for a whole generation of seeker sojourners which the internal combustion engine made possible. After the war, auto makers made a consumer’s transitional identity from small-town gravel road excursionist to a four-lane, six-lane, eight-lane vista conquering nomad seem invincible, inevitable, and romantic .

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