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Victory Over the Sun

The Poetics and Politics of Eclipse
August 19 - December 3, 2017, 2nd Floor Gallery

Artists include: Lita Albuquerque, Sanford Biggers, Bigert & Bergström, Mel Bochner, Bethany Collins, Nick Doyle, Olafur Eliasson, Stephen Irwin, Titus Kaphar, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Matthew Porter, Letitia Quesenberry, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Barbara Takenaga, Jan Tichy, Marijke Van Warmerdam and Brenna Youngblood.


Throughout history total solar eclipses have aroused feelings of awe and sparked fears of impending doom and destruction. Ancient cultures believed the darkened daytime sky of the Moon overtaking the Sun was an ominous signal that the gods were in a quarrel. The occurrence of the sun’s temporary erasure in Kentucky, during The Great American Eclipse of 2017, provides a backdrop for an exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture, video and photography that explores literal and figurative notions of darkness, shadow and light.


Victory Over the Sun takes into account the cosmic phenomenon and a host of other meanings that are held within the word eclipse. Artists who engage in acts of silencing, covering or masking, as well as conceptual gestures related to eclipsed narratives in American art and culture, will examine themes of blindness, censorship, obscurity, and suppression.



Click below to explore documents.

An essay written in conjunction

with the exhibition.

Exhibition booklet containing letter from the executive director and curator, artist information, and exhibition checklist.

Jan Tichy, American Nature, 2017. Courtesy the artist 

This exhibition is generously supported by: 

Heather & Marshall Farrer 


The Mitchell-Schenkenfelder Group at Morgan Stanley

Dr. Greg Brown & Scott Rogers

Erin & Michael Trager-Kusman

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