Throughout the month of August, join us for Before Your Very Eyes, a three-part series that explores the role you play as viewers in completing an artwork. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, August 3, 7pm
Before Your Very Eyes, part 1: Reflections of Ourselves
Join Dr. Cristina Albu as she discusses contemporary art’s use of mirrors to encourage active participation and interpersonal awareness. This presentation will trace the growing integration of reflective media in art starting with the 1960s and incorporate works from our current exhibition, The Transported Man. Dr. Albu teaches contemporary art and theory at the University of Missouri. Her recently published book is titled, Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art.

Sunday, August 20, 4–5pm
Before Your Very Eyes, part 2: What We Bring
Join us for a fun afternoon of improv mayhem featuring local members of the performing arts community. Audience members are encouraged to contribute to the fun with a personal item brought from home. By bringing an object, you’ll be providing the inspiration these performers need to make us laugh and think. From the everyday to the precious (maybe not too precious), what stories do the objects around us tell? While you’re here, explore The Transported Man to discover the many ways artists have transformed common objects.

Saturday, August 26, 5–7pm
Before Your Very Eyes, part 3: In Our Hands
Start your Saturday night with a mad-libs style self-guided tour through The Transported Man. Compete in head-to-head memory games, snap selfies with Marcel Duchamp, conjure vanishing art, and strike artsy poses with our one-of-a-kind “statue karaoke.” Through these challenging and fun interactives we’ll get to “play” with the art and explore our critical role as the viewer.