‘speaking while listening–chris wubbena’ Closing Reception, Gallery Talk Sept. 3


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 25, 2010 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host a closing reception for the exhibition titled “speaking while listening” with a gallery talk by the artist, Chris Wubbena, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

“Those who are affected by war are faced with the overwhelming challenge at some point to come to terms with the past in order to better the present and future. This installation is about being honest with our past in order to create something better for our collective future,” Wubbena said.

Wubbena will discuss his deep, personal connection with “speaking while listening” and will detail his background research, involving a recent visit to Vietnam with his father, Ed Wubbena, a Vietnam/American War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Chris Wubbena will also explain the symbolic meanings behind his selection of materials and reasoning behind their placement.

“Viewing this exhibition will likely touch a nerve once you understand the complexity Wubbena has incorporated,” said Ellen Hahs, curator of education at the Crisp Museum. “The installation shows so much more than just a moment in time.”

Chris Wubbena is associate professor in the Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University.

The exhibition will remain on display through Sept. 12.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum is the sponsor of this exhibition. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at the River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends. The Museum is closed on holiday weekends. For more information, e-mail museum@semo.edu  or call (573) 651-2301.