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Exhibition Detail
Threnody: Forty Years
Curated by: Avis Larson
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577

January 12th, 2014 - March 23rd, 2014
January 12th, 2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Threnody, Cleve GrayCleve Gray, Threnody,
1972-73, polymer acrylic, Duco enamel and oil on canvas, 28 panels; 240 x 110 inches (6 panels), 240 x 103 inches (22 panels)
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Threnody (1972-73) is a 250-foot-long site-specific painting in 28 panels created by American artist Cleve Gray for the Neuberger Museum of Art on the occasion of its opening forty years ago.  Cleve Gray’s Threnody: Forty Years celebrates this extraordinary project as part of the Museum’s anniversary festivities.  For Gray it was significant that the Museum was situated on a university campus.  At the time, college students across the country were demonstrating against the conflict in Vietnam, a war that they felt to be unjust and inhumane. An active anti-war supporter himself, Gray saw this as an opportunity to express his hope for humanity’s spiritual and emotional healing. Threnody, a lament for the dead on both sides of the war, soars 22 feet high, converting the exhibition gallery into a cathedral with tall vertical forms engaged in a “dance of death and life.” Threnody is a “union of opposites,” male and female, love and hate, conflict and peace. 
Cleve Gray’s Threnody: Forty Years is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Assistant Curator Avis Larson. 

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