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Ann Street Gallery Presents MEMENTO MORI: Contemporary Vanitas Exhibition

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Ann Street Gallery Presents MEMENTO MORI: Contemporary Vanitas Exhibition

Time: September 18, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Ann Street Gallery
Street: 104 Ann Street
City/Town: Newburgh, NY
Website or Map: http://www.annstreetgallery.o…
Phone: (845) 562-6940 ext. 119
Event Type: art gallery opening, exhibition
Organized By: Ann Street Gallery
Latest Activity: Sep 2, 2010

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Event Description

The Ann Street Gallery presents Memento Mori: Contemporary Vanitas Exhibition with an Artist Reception on Saturday, September 18, from 6-9 pm. Vanitas art is a fascinating genre of still life, which rose to prominence in 17th Century Netherlands art. Vanitas means “vanities of life,” and usually feature an elaborate arrangement of objects rich in commonly understood symbolism. This intriguing style of still life often contains pictorial messages with moral undertones, to remind the viewer of the transience of life, the futility of pursuing earthly pleasures, the certainty of death.

The six artists in the Memento Mori exhibit express such themes through varied and diverse works. Each artist uses their own unique and contemporary visual language to speak directly to the viewer of the inherently transitory nature of life, and ones own mortality.

The artists include:

Tara Giannini
Kira Greene
Kirstin Lamb
Monkia Malewska
Christopher Peters
Justine Reyes

As classical Vanitas have done in times past, the works of these six contemporary artists also evoke the viewer to call to mind questions of the inescapable futility of material life and the predictability of their own mortality.

The works will be on view through October 30, 2010.

The Ann Street Gallery is a nonprofit gallery specializing in contemporary emerging and established artists. The gallery is located at 104 Ann Street in Newburgh, and hours are Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM, and Friday through Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM.

For more information regarding Memento Mori and the Ann Street Gallery, contact Virginia Walsh, Director at (845) 562-6940 ext. 119,, or visit

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