The John J. McDonough Museum of Art at the Youngstown State University begins the fall season with “Resort,” a two-person exhibition by Professors Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick. The exhibition is on view September 7 through October 26, and Prof. Johnson and Slavick will give a gallery talk on September 7 at 5:00pm.
In addressing “Resort” Slavick and Johnson comment: “Driven or displaced, cut loose or set adrift, or simply seeking safety—all are precarious states of passage. The decision to leave home may be voluntary or involuntary, arising from desperation or anticipation. ‘Resort,’ as a title, reflects that duality. To flee is a last resort. The destination is often another shore, literally or figuratively. The shore can also be a place for a benign kind of escape—an actual vacation resort. Some European vacationers have actually watched refugees wash ashore, from vessels both intact and capsized. We have similar scenarios on land at our own borders. ‘Resort’ explores the intersection of these two worlds—of security and insecurity— and our responses to those caught between them.”