Saturday, February 09, 2008

Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery: Friday, 15 February 2008

Sara Paula Hoffman: The Nora Project

Opening reception, Friday, February 15, 5:30-8pm
Exhibition February 15 - March 7, 2008

Hoffman's psychologically-inspired oil paintings explore Midwestern girlhood and are influenced by the plays of the Norwegian Modernist, Henrik Ibsen. She creates visual theater on a two-dimensional stage in these paintings, drawings and works in progress, which are based on Ibsen's A Doll's House and Ghosts.

Ibsen's dramas investigate the roles of women caught in the web of Victorian expectations; Hoffman's work follows these threads into contemporary society. The play A Doll's House traces the awakening of Nora from a life of unexamined domestic comfort and male domination to her abandonment of marriage and three children, a choice which outraged audiences in 1879. Ibsen's Ghosts conversely portrays the tragedy of a woman who does not leave an oppressive domestic situation but whose 'security' ultimately extracts a much higher price than leaving would have.

Hours: M-TH 9-9, F 9-4, SAT 10-5, Closed Sundays and holidays

Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery
HE133, 11333 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63122


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