Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Reflections, March 1916; watercolor and gouache with graphite on paper, 14 x 19 7/8 inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Tony Sisti, 1979
Palindromes for 2002
On View Saturday, August 17–Sunday, December 1, 2002
Palindrome is defined as a word, line, or verse that can be read the same backward as forward. The most famous example is the phrase, “Madam, I’m Adam.” Visual palindromes are articulated in art through symmetry, repetition or mirroring. Numerically, the year 2002 is a palindrome. Borrowing the idea from The Museum of Modern Art’s appointment calendar, Head of Collections Nancy Weekly looked for these patterns in works from theBurchfield-PenneyArtCenter’s collection to illustrate this amusing concept in an exhibition. Additional examples could also be found in adjacent galleries.