Museum hosts ‘metaprints: wood metal stone’

Wednesday March 3, 2010

BENNINGTON -- From March 1 through April 30, the Bennington Museum hosts the digital prints of Jan Lourie, graphic artist and software developer, in a show titled metaprints: wood metal stone. On view in the Paul Paresky Museum Court located on the second floor of the museum, the prints are composited from images of architecture and sculpture using traditional digital composing tools with software extensions written by Lourie.

This combination of tools has resulted in prints which have a timeless nature. Mark your calendars for April 17 at 2 p.m. and visit with the artist as she speaks on her work with computers in a talk-collage overlay fusion: the techniques of digital compositing. The talk will be illustrated with examples of her work. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Following a career at IBM developing graphic tools, Lourie, who holds IBM’s first software patent, has continued an immersion in graphic software. The images on exhibit introduce texture into the "metaprints" while maintaining an independent interest. Lourie says, "the images used to create the texture are all photographs of metal taken under different conditions: time of day and seasons of the year, weather and lighting Š but they create the appearance of wood, metal or stone -- giving the show its title." Among prints she has made in her career are multiple views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Guggenheim Museum, the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station, as well as images of Daniel Liebeskind’s model that was submitted for the Ground Zero site of the World Financial Center.

Lourie works primarily with prints that are 3 by 4 feet and larger in size. She has them printed in Manchester. Exhibitions of her work have been held at Cooper Union, the Hall of Science and the National Arts Club in New York, and at Rutgers University and Tufts University. Her fusion prints have been acquired by collectors and museums throughout the country. Lourie divides her time between Arlington, Vermont and New York City. She has a background in tapestry weaving and was a founding member of the Camerata of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a group devoted to the performance of early music.

The Bennington Museum, located at 75 Main St. (Route 9), Bennington has the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world as well as the largest collection of 19th century Bennington pottery. Within the other seven galleries, the museum presents a 1924 Wasp Touring Car, one of only 20 produced, military artifacts, one of the earliest ‘stars and stripes’ in existence, fine and decorative arts and more. On view through April 30 is Vermont Impressions. The museum is just a short ride from Manchester, Williamstown, and eastern New York, and open February through December every day but Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open every day in September and October.

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students over 18. No admission is charged for younger students or to visit the museum shop and café. Visit or call 802-447-1571 for more information.


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