Lauded by The New York Times as one of our greatest living artists of mysterious, erudite, and confounding photomontages, John OReilly creates intricate assemblages that fuse together art history, literature, and autobiography. Nationally celebrated, OReilly is a Worcester-based artist whose composite artworks investigate eroticism and violence, often through the inclusion of self-portraiture.
This exhibition examines the close affinity OReilly has with the literary works of Jean Genet, Constantine Cavafy, and Henry James. The presentation is a visual journey through these identifications as they reflect time, freedom, and order. It also explores the way he uses art historical references to enhance the depth of his self-expression.
Related event: Opening reception with the Artist; Thursday, May 18, 5-8pm. Free with Museum admission.
Generous support for John O'Reilly: A Studio Odyssey has been provided in part by the following: Stephen J. Javaras and Robert A. Collins; Marlene and David Persky; Louis Wiley, Jr.; the Douglas Cox and Edward Osowski Fund for Photography; James E. Hogan III; and through a media partnership with Worcester Magazine.
Image: Two as Three, 1988, Polaroid montage, Courtesy of the Artist
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Woo Pass: $2 off general admission for up to 4 adults