The Ghosts of Our Meat
October 15, 2013
Sue Coe: Cruel. Copyright © Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.
Dickinson will honor Sue Coe, an internationally acclaimed artist and activist whose paintings and prints explore animal rights, social injustice, capitalism and politics, with the college's 2013 Arts Award on Nov. 1. The Arts Award presentation and a new Trout Gallery exhibition will cap off a multiday residency at the college during which Coe will share her work and ideas with the college community.
Coe, a U.K. native, attended London's Royal College of Art before moving to New York in 1972. Her art has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, among many other prominent publications. She is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Dead Meat, which documents Coe's visits to farms, slaughterhouses and meatpacking companies throughout the U.S.
Dickinson's Arts Award honors an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the creative or performing arts. Previous recipients of the award include dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp, Pulitzer Prize winners David Mamet and Robert Frost, and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.
An opening reception for the exhibition, Sue Coe: The Ghosts of Our Meat, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m. in The Trout Gallery, Weiss Center for the Arts, 240 West High Street, followed by the Arts Award ceremony in Rubendall Recital Hall (Weiss Center). Dickinson Associate Professor of Art & Art History Elizabeth Lee will introduce Coe and provide a brief overview of the artist's life and work. Noted art historian and Professor of Art History Stephen Eisenman of Northwestern University will conduct an interview with Coe before opening the floor to questions. Culminating the award ceremony, President Nancy Roseman will present Coe with the 2013 Arts Award. All events are free and open to the public.
"The Ghosts of Our Meat" exhibition presents more than 40 paintings, drawings and prints from the past 25 years that address issues of animal rights, animal cruelty, the meatpacking industry and the ethics of meat consumption. Curated by Eisenman, the exhibition analyzes Coe's paintings as moral and political interventions into recent debates concerning animal breeding and the ethics of a meat-based diet. The exhibition runs Nov. 1 through Feb. 28. Visit The Trout Gallery for more information or gallery hours.