Gary Cardot: Memories / Dreams Exhibition at Erie Art Museum

February 2, 2017, Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie Art Museum is pleased to present a new Holstein Gallery exhibition, Memories / Dreams by Gary Cardot. The show will run from February 17, 2017 through June 24, 2017.

Inspired by the huge pantheon of sub-cultures in America, Memories / Dreams exhibits Cardot's re-construction of his travels and studies of current places. Fascinated by people and their decorative talents outside the work place and mainstream life, Gary Cardot has been photographing marginalized sub-cultures and trades including their storefronts, religious shrines, amusement parks, county fairs, pawn shops, mythological sculptures, cemeteries, parades and festivals. Societal signifiers such as Gay Pride parades, Hare Krishna temples, porn shops, nightclubs, Catholic rosary marches, country fairs, and many other events and buildings are portrayed as rich visual narratives.

Cardot bridges traditional analog photography and digital technology in his collages to create his cultural narratives. Influenced by Dada and Surrealism, as well as artists like Joseph Cornell, Jess, and Arnold Bocklin, Cardot explores sexuality, Romanticism, dreamscapes and the retrieval of memory. His imagination is ignited through working with many images to sew together a whole picture of life lived and celebrated.

Currently an assistant professor of art and director of the photography program at Mercyhurst University, Cardot spent fourteen years as the director of the Cummings Gallery. His photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Shroeder-Romero and Shredder Gallery, CEPA Gallery, Aschermann Gallery, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

About the Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie's cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings and a modern, 'Green,' 10,500 square foot expansion.  The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 8,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists' services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community.  Performing arts are showcased in the 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at  or call 814-459-5477.


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