The House of the Seven Gables
Normal , Illinois 61790-5620
nspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel of the same name, "The House of the Seven Gables" features contemporary artists who explore themes of haunting, portraiture and the architectural uncanny. The titular mansion in the book embodies generations of violence, superstition, melancholy, repressed memories, and ancestral guilt for the Pyncheon family. Serving as a repository of memory and atonement, the house itself functions as a portrait of the family's collective trauma. Written concurrently with the rise of daguerreotype photography—and notably featuring an ever-shifting oil portrait, a fetishized miniature pencil drawing, and daguerreotypes made by a central character—the modes of representation Hawthorne references in the book become increasingly more modern to reflect the passage of generations. As in the novel, a rumination on the passage of time, and an encapsulation of the unhomely pervades the work in the exhibition.