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Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries

TOUCHING STRANGERS
Richard Renaldi
January 12 - February 6, 2015
East  Gallery

Since 2007, photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format eight-by-ten-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. 20 photographs from the Touching Strangers series will be on display in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries East Gallery.

EXCHANGE IX: Contemporary Prints from the US and Abroad
January 12 - 23, 2015
West Gallery

Works in the show include “Dog Head Stew: The Second Course,” a portfolio of original prints by Native American, Euro-American, New Zealand and Canadian artists, organized by faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, D.C,. designed to open up a dialogue on the representation of Native Americans in contemporary society and question historical representations. Also in the exhibition are original works from “2011 Printmakers United” print portfolio organized by faculty at University of Colorado. Two important invitational portfolios of works by graduate students in the Big Ten will be exhibited. Among the artists included in the exhibition are Purdue graduate student Caroline Owen, Purdue alumni Melissa Schulenberg, Kathryn Reeves, Professor of Art at Purdue, and internationally known Native American artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Melanie Yazzie.  

This exhibition was curated by Kathryn Reeves and Caroline Owen.
Images above were created by David Mohallatee, Michael Reed, and Nicole Pietrantoni, from the "Dog Head Stew: The Second Course" portfolio.

About the Galleries

The Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, along with the Purdue Galleries, provide a vital component to the cultural life at Purdue University and its surrounding community.  The Rueff Galleries have the unique perspective of being a teaching and research space for students and faculty of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue. Housed in Pao Hall on campus, the Rueff Galleries offer exhibits and special events that speak directly to its mission of serving the students and faculty, while also expressing perspectives that are national and international in scope. The Rueff Galleries are named after Patti and Rusty Rueff, who were the benefactors instrumental in providing funding necessary to establish the galleries for the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries regularly show over a dozen exhibitions each semester. Our exhibition schedule for the current term is available under Current Exhibition Schedule. Past exhibition schedules can be viewed under Past Exhibitions.