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Opening Reception: Efflorescence : Emily Chase Solo Exhibition

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The Moncrief Cancer Institute in partnership with the Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Art presents Efflorescence, a solo exhibition of Emily Chase’s fine paper sculptures. Efflorescence will be on view at the Moncrief Cancer Institute from September 14, 2019 until February 14, 2020 with an opening reception and curator talk on Thursday, September 12th from 6-8pm. For special visiting hours, interested visitors may contact the Moncrief Cancer Institute directly by phone for the duration of the exhibition.

The Moncrief Cancer Institute’s Fall 2019 exhibition features paper garments and cut-paper sculptures by Emily Chase, a Tulsa-based artist. “Efflorescence” is a word defined as a period or state of flowering. The intricately-constructed artworks featured in this solo exhibition reflect on the title’s metaphor of blooming and growth. Chase explores the realities of the human experience, of how we grow, change, and strengthen despite and because of adversity. Conceiving of objects as vessels of memory, the artist imbues her paper constructions with themes of childhood, nostalgia, fairytales, nature, and hope.

Efflorescence includes nineteen works, from paper dresses and shoes, to lightboxes and cut-paper two-dimensional works. Visitors are provided with a free brochure, which includes a catalog of works on view, a short essay by the curator, and an interview with art therapist and TCU professor Jashley Boatwright. With intimate details and visual surprises, Emily Chase’s work offers ample opportunity for Moncrief patients and visitors to explore and discover these objects anew in repeated visits to the exhibition.

Moncrief Cancer Institute is invested in the idea that the presence of art can positively impact the experience of their patients. Their vision is to provide Tarrant County and surrounding communities with the foremost science, resources and programs to reduce the threat and impact of cancer. The partnership between Moncrief Cancer Institute and the TCU School of Art celebrates the vital relationship between art and medicine. TCU Graduate students and alumni are selected to serve as Guest Curator and are advised and supported by the staff of the Art Galleries at TCU through the entire exhibition-making process. Moncrief Cancer Institute’s exhibition space can be found on the second floor of their treatment center, and their building is located on the Near Southside at 400 West Magnolia Avenue.


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