Reading Signs: Jasper Johns and Glenn Ligon in Print

Wednesday September 18, 2024 - Wednesday December 11, 2024
Pruzan Art Center, Goldrach Gallery
New location between Wesleyan’s Olin Memorial Library and Frank Center for Public Affairs
238 Church Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Reading Signs: Jasper Johns and Glenn Ligon in Print

Glenn Ligon, "Untitled (Four Etchings)," 1992, Suite of four; softground etching, aquatint, spit bite, and sugarlift on paper, Each 25 x 17.38 inches (63.5 x 44.15 cm); Edition of 45 and 10 APs. © Glenn Ligon; Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.

Throughout their printed works, Glenn Ligon '82, Hon. '12 and Jasper Johns demand and disrupt the act of reading. Both artists frequently discompose the visual elements of language and communication: targets drip and letters smudge. Johns and Ligon exploit the processes of printing—which entail contact and separation, mirroring and reversals—to parse the distances between signs and their meanings, and also to address the mechanics of looking on the part of the spectator. This exhibition will feature etchings and lithographs by both artists as well as screenprints by Johns in the Davison Art Collection.

Curated by the Donald T. Fallati and Ruth E. Pachman Curator of the Davison Art Collection Miya Tokumitsu.

Exhibition will be closed from Friday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 22, 2024; and from Monday, November 25 through Monday, December 2, 2024.

Read the press release for this exhibition. 

Read Pruzan Art Center to Feature Works by Jasper Johns, Glenn Ligon ’82, Hon. ’12 from Davison Art Collection in The Wesleyan Connection

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 from 4:30pm to 6pm.