MFA Thesis Exhibit Features Performance, Installation and Video

November 18, 2015 - The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art will present "inveterate: toni collums roberts" Nov. 23 through Dec. 4. There will be a closing reception on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Collums Roberts will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For this MFA thesis exhibition, Collums Roberts has created a body of work lacking the standards of today's visual culture. Her exhibition will span both gallery spaces with an installation-based performance involving 8,000 plaster cubes in one and a video in the other.

The exhibition is an attempt to create a fertile place for boredom to be generated, questioned or ignored. The combination of these elements creates a space for theories of art and philosophy to merge and morph, examining the possibility that technology's perpetuation of boredom is at the root of contemporary society's darkest fantasies. Collums Roberts will give performances daily throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Providing the Department of Art with vastly expanded professional display space, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art serve as a valuable education experience for students. Additionally, they give the College of Communication and Fine Arts expanded capacity to bring contemporary working artists to campus to enrich the curriculum and broaden students' understanding of today's art world within the national and international context.

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving. The galleries are located in rooms 230 and 240 of the Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central Ave.

For more information, email fogelmangalleries@memphis.edu or call 901.678.3052.

Contact: Kimberly Rogers