Stacey Steers: Night Hunter
January 17 – April 21
Curated by Gallery Director Dr. Amy I. Schlegel
The Tufts University Art Gallery at the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center
is proud to present Stacey Steers: Night Hunter, on
view from January 17 to April 21, 2013. A public opening reception will
take place on Thursday, January 24, from 5:30 to 8 pm, with a spotlight tour of the
exhibition at 7:15 pm. The Tufts exhibition includes a large-scale projection of the film, eight
preparatory collages, and Night Hunter House, a mixed-media sculpture
from 2012, inside which an excerpt of the film appears on a mini-HD-TV screen in
each of the three-foot high dollhouse's ten rooms.
Meticulously crafted from approximately 4,000 handmade collages and
incorporating images of actress Lillian Gish (1893-1993) taken from silent era live-action cinema, Stacey Steers' 15
min. 30 sec. film, Night Hunter, evokes a
disquieting dreamscape drawn from allegory, myth, and archetypes.
Transitions, both biological and metaphorical, emerge as a central theme in the film.
Night Hunter took over four years to complete. Steers created
on average eight distinct, handmade collages for each second of screen time.
This "handmade film" was shot in 35mm color on an Oxberry animation stand.
Music and sound for the film was composed by Larry Polansky, a professor of
music at Dartmouth College.
Steers, who teaches film studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, creates
rich, timeless, and imaginative environments through the combination of
eighteenth- and nineteenth-century engravings, illustrations, photographs, and
early silent films. In some instances Gish is cut out of specific scenes and
reconfigured within collage settings, while collage materials are applied
directly to printed film frames in others. The subsequent fluidity of character
becomes a critical element in the texture of the film and the identity of the
This exhibition was curated by Tufts University Art Gallery Director Dr. Amy I.
Schlegel. An interview with Steers and Schlegel appears on the Gallery's
website. Night Hunter was exhibited at the Denver Art
Museum in 2011 and at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH in 2012. The artist will be in conversation with
Tufts Professor of Philosophy Nancy Bauer on March 29 at noon at the Tufts Center for the Humanities, Fung
House, 48 Professors Row, Medford.
To tour Night Hunter House, click here >
Download the Press Release >
Read Amy Schlegel's interview with the artist >
Listen to our guided tour stops here:
7: Introduction to Stacey Steers: Night Hunter, Amy Ingrid Schlegel,
Director of Galleries and Collections, Tufts University
8: Stacey Steers speaks about her work