10/29: The Skull & Skeleton in Art

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Skull and skeleton motifs crop up constantly in art — from ancient Roman paintings and 17th-century Dutch still lifes to the contemporary photography of Joel-Peter Witkin and Mexican folk art to the melodramatic outpourings of depressed art-school students. The symbolism is always the same: an omen of mortality. But artists frequently use skeletons and skulls in humorous contexts, laughing in the face of that mortality. That’s the attitude taken by A Vehicle for Satire: The Skull & Skeleton in Art — Folk Art to Pop Culture, now on display at the Lakeland Community College Art Gallery (7700 Clocktower Dr., Bldg. D, First Floor, Kirtland, 440.525.7029). Twenty-three area artists — including notables like Anna Arnold, George Kocar and Julius Lyles — offer their spirited, often irreverent takes on these classic icons. There’s an artist reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday that doubles as a Day of the Dead celebration — come in costume. The show runs though November 3. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. — Anastasia Pantsios

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