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1988 alumna Koehler exhibits ‘Glitch Mommy’ at Saint Mary’s

SOUTH BEND — The exhibit “Glitch Mommy: Forty Days and Forty Nights” opens April 25 and runs through June 1 at the Moreau Center for the Arts at Saint Mary’s College.

An artist lecture will take place in the Student Center on April 25 at 3:30 PM, followed by a reception at 4:30 PM in the gallery of the Moreau Center.

Rita Koehler, a 1988 alumna of Saint Mary’s College, an American photographer and lens artist, situates herself in the debate over what constitutes an intelligible life—a life that is pronounceable, meaningful, and valued.

The philosophy of her work is based on the premise that existence is relational and that existence means existing in community.

Koehler grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the fifth of seven children, in a house built by her father overlooking the historic Santa Fe Trail and Blue River in Kansas City, Missouri.

It was a time when social freedoms were expanding, artistic expression ushered in a new era, marches for women’s liberation and civil rights were on the rise, and Vatican II’s reforms within the institutional Catholic Church brought promise to the modern laity of innovation and inclusivity.

These and other modern environments from the second half of the 20th century provided the backdrop for Koehler’s early career and influence her current studio practice, exploring how economic, political and religious structures are used to control others in defense of misogyny, racism and bigotry . .

The gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Fridays by appointment.

Entrance is free.

For more information, call 574-284-4000 or visit saintmarys.edu/moreau-gallery.