An array of Marilyn Murphy’s oil paintings and drawings are featured in an exhibition entitled Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted in the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Hall on view through Friday, March 3. The exhibit honors Murphy, Department of Art professor and artist, who retires this year after 37 years of teaching at Vanderbilt.
“Marilyn Murphy likes to play with perception and the act of seeing,” writes Joseph Mella, director of the Fine Arts Gallery. “Rooted in an artistic tradition that has continued to mine the popular culture of cold war America, her aesthetic is largely informed by surrealism, but not limited to it. In her deftly rendered drawings and detailed paintings, Murphy raises the curtain on a world that is quietly subversive and, in many instances, layered with humor.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is housed on the second floor of Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South, on the western edge of the Peabody College campus. Gallery hours during the final week of the exhibit are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 4 pm.
A fully illustrated catalog with an introductory essay by Peter Frank, an American art critic, curator, and poet, will be available in the gallery. Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted. is organized by the Fine Arts Gallery and is supported, in part, by the Department of Art, with additional support provided by the College of Arts and Science and the Ewers Gift for Fine Art.
*Marilyn Murphy. In the Clouds, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, 2016.