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The Hofstra University Museum Presents "Body Mapping"

artwork: Tina Blondell - "Magdalena", 2003 - Watercolor on paper - 23" x 15" - Courtesy the Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY.

Hempstead, NY.- The Hofstra University Museum is proud to present “Body Mapping”, in the Hofstra University Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery. The exhibition features works by four contemporary artists, Tina Blondell, Giedre Montvila, K.C. (Kaethe) Kauffman, and Eileen Senner.  In the exhibit, each artist draws upon cultural and societal issues about body image incorporating traditions such as Mehndi and ta moko practices of superimposing interlacing spiral markings on painted portraits. The exhibition, organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, commemorates the opening of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University and includes works of oil painting, near photorealistic representation, superimposition on portraiture, and pigment on skin recorded by photographs that themselves become painted surfaces.

artwork: Tina Blondell - "The Legacy", 2003 Watercolor on paper - 23" x 15" Courtesy the Hofstra University Museum Hempstead, NY.“The human body has captured the creative imagination of artists through the centuries. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo studied the human form with a scientific eye,” said Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum Beth E. Levinthal. “The artists featured in this exhibition continue this centuries’ old fascination with the human form incorporating inventive new approaches to this enduring subject matter. We are most pleased to present Body Mapping as the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University welcomes its inaugural class.”

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 12,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, communication, education, health and human services, honors studies, a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The Hofstra University Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts. It helps people make deep and long-lasting connections to individual works of art as well as the varied cultures from which they originate.

Through its collections and exhibitions, its sculpture gardens and its interpretative programs, the Museum is committed to being a vital partner in the educational, pedagogical, and cultural life of Hofstra University students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of the greater New York metropolitan region. It strives to achieve this mission by adherence to the highest professional standards in the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of art. The Hofstra University Museum will continue to evolve as a vital cultural and educational center for Hofstra University, Long Island, and the New York metropolitan region. Dynamic and intellectually stimulating exhibitions and programs, along with opportunities to study the permanent collection, in an improved museum environment, will serve as the impetus for rich and varied explorations that enhance knowledge and the experience of art. The museum’s collection contains approximately 5,000 works of art in varied media dating from the ancient to the contemporary, and includes American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries along with Asian, Oceanic, African and Pre-Columbian art. Visit the museum’s website at …