W&L's Archer Exhibits Work in Los Angeles

"Periphery: For Every Given Focus" by Clover Archer

"Periphery: For Every Given Focus" by Clover Archer

A drawing by Clover Archer, director of Washington and Lee's Staniar Gallery, is included in a group exhibit now on display at Gallery Luisotti, in Los Angeles.

Clover's work is part of a group exhibit titled "The Way We Live Now," which offers different visions of the world in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008. The title of the exhibit derives from Anthony Trollope's 1875 satiric novel about the excesses of human behavior that arise during peaks of economic prosperity.

The works of the eight artists in the show "suggest the impending dusk awaiting the end of every golden age."

Clover's piece is titled "Periphery: For Every Given Focus." It is a drawing of New York Times broadsheets printed on Dec. 21, 2008 — an especially bad day, when the headlines included the Senate's vote to abandon the auto bailout, deep cuts in the New York City job market, and a cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe.

The piece "is a reminder as much as a discomforting repetition of the stories of economic woes and an endless war that is very much with us today."

Clover joined W&L in 2008 as director of the Staniar Gallery and visiting instructor of photography. She received her B.F.A. with a concentration in photography from the University of New Hampshire and her M.F.A. in studio art from New York University.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 7. Gallery Luisotti is at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

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