By Kayli Hertel – Managing Editor
On Sunday, September 20 the Wedeman Art Gallery held the opening reception for “Le Lam: Sketches from the South”. Refreshments were provided for those in attendance while director Vladimir Zimakov introduced the exhibit and head curator, David Thomas.
“The [Wedeman Art Gallery] is a wonderful space, especially for this type of exhibition, when you need intimacy to meet all of the people Le Lam has drawn,” said Thomas. “If you put this into a big open gallery space, which most museums have, you lose the intimacy of all these beautiful drawings.”
The exhibit comes from the memory of Vietnamese artist Le Lam from 1965 until 1974 and contains 72 pieces from the 80-piece collection. This is the artist’s first showing in the United States due to Thomas’s relationship with the college as the director of the Indochina Arts Partnership in Wellesley, MA.
Displayed are a variety of scenes from portraits to complex battlefields in great detail drawn from the artist’s memory. Lam used pen, pencil and watercolor mediums to create the images. Each piece has an accompanying description in both English and Vietnamese, offering a unique and personal touch to the gallery.
“As David said, we are providing these powerful, beautiful portraits of human beings that at a sorrier time in our history, that Americans tend to demonize,” said James Ostrow, Vice President of Academic Affairs, of the gallery. “It’s not just a great artistic show, it’s a great history show.”
“Le Lam: Sketches from the South” will remain in the gallery until Saturday, October 3. Regular gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year.