By: Claudia Larsen
The Mount’s CMA Gallery held an opening on October 4 for its newest exhibit and first solo show: “Kuh-myoo-nih-kay-shun,” by artist Norm Magnusson.
“Kuh-myoo-nih-kay-shun” is a show based on the idea of the complicated nature of communication. It is both a political and intrapersonal statement, with pieces commenting on the break down of communication between individuals and communication between the government and the media to citizens.
Magnusson is a Rhinebeck based artist and political activist. He has been shown in galleries and museums across the U.S. and other countries, such as in the Museum of Modern Art, and is the recipient of several awards and grants, such as the New York State Council on the Arts grant in 2015. Magnusson is also the founder of an art movement known as “funism,” of which the basic tenet is that art should be as much fun to look at as it is to think about.
This is the third show of the CMA Gallery, which opened in 2018 and is spearheaded by professors Dean Goldberg and Chris Neyen of the Communication, Art and Digital Media department. The Gallery features Hudson Valley artists, such as Sienna Martz of Kingston and Erica Hauser of Newburgh, and has been reviewed in Hudson Valley publications such as the arts and culture magazine Chronogram.