'Where Did You Come From Anyway?' New exhibit at Bennington Museum

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On view in the Works on Paper Gallery at Bennington Museum from Sept. 15 through Dec. 30, is "Where Did You Come From Anyway?" an exhibition of works by Pat Musick, American artist who lives in Manchester Center, Vt.

The exhibition is a retrospective of work from Musick's entire career spanning 55 years.

Musick's painted wall sculpture of the same name is the signature artwork of this exhibition.

"I looked up from addressing museum announcements to see my mother looking at me quizzically. Then she asked, `Where did you come from anyway?' These were almost the last words she spoke to me before she died. They burned into my psyche, and I knew I would someday paint an answer to her question," Musick said about this sculpture. This work is a statement about Musick's roots. "My family came from Iowa farmland, were conservative and typical, but I was always different. I stand alone on an island beside a blue cornstalk. Although my feet are firmly rooted in the land, my head is in a pink cloud. The world, both vibrant and dark, swirls around me." she states.

Included in this exhibition are both large- and small-scale sculpture, as well as two-dimensional art using natural media such as wood, stone, paper and beeswax. Musick's art is concerned with the fragile nature of the environment and the human/nature relationship responsible for its survival. There has been much growth.

Musick was born in Los Angeles in 1926. She attended the University of Southern California on an art scholarship and received an MA and PhD from Cornell University. She taught at the University level for 25 years, lectured across the United States and appeared in many television interviews. Her work is in over 50 museums and public spaces in the United States. She has written four books on art, one of which was co-authored by her husband, Jerry Carr, a retired astronaut and now her collaborator. A documentary of their lives will be released in 2019. Her archives are housed in the Cornell University Kroch Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Visitors can meet the artist at an opening reception in the Works on Paper Gallery of the Museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22. This opening reception is free and open to the public.

Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9), Bennington, Vt. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October. Visit the museum's website benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.


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