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“The Sixties Cubed” art exhibit at Jamestown Community College gallery

October 3, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - The decade of the 1960s will be celebrated in art and music during the opening of Robert Hirsch's exhibition, "The Sixties Cubed: Signs, Symbols, and Celebrities," beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Weeks Gallery on Jamestown Community College's Jamestown campus.

Hirsch will discuss his cubed photomontages of celebrity and consumer icons from the 1960s beginning at 6:30 p.m. A 7:15 p.m. concert by Mercury Rising, a Buffalo-based classic rock band, will be followed at 8:30 p.m. with music by Family Function and the Sitar Jams during a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine and beer tasting.

Tickets for the event can be obtained through JCC's box office, 338-1187. Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for JCC Faculty Student Association members and $10 for area students.

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“The Sixties Cubed: Signs, Symbols, and Celebrities,” exhibit begins at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Weeks Gallery on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown campus.

The Sixties Cubed project premiered last spring at CEPA Gallery and Indigo Art in Buffalo. Hirsch, whose photographic installations present over 40,000 images encased in square plastic cubes, is the former associate editor of Photovision and Digital Camera magazines and a contributing writer for "Afterimage," "exposure," "Fotophile," "The History of Photography," "The Photo Review" and "World Book Encyclopedia," among others.

Hirsch's installation, "World in a Jar: War and Trauma," has traveled to over a dozen venues around the world and is now in the Burchfield-Penney Art Center Collection in Buffalo. He served as a Society for Photographic Education regional chair and member of the organization's national board.

Hirsch is the author of "Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography," "Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age," "Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes" and "Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels."

Oliver Burdo, a student with the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Program, will perform his version of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin" to open the concert by Mercury Rising. Featuring Nelson Starr and members of Stinger, Mercury Rising will present songs by the Beatles, Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Steppenwolf.

With instrumentation reminiscent of Ravi Shankar, the sitar player who influenced the Byrds and the Beatles, Family Function and the Sitar Jams will perform during the reception. The band, which recently completed a tour in Colorado, is known for its East-West fusion blending Indian classical and folk music with funk, rock, and jazz.

The Sept. 29 exhibition opening is sponsored by the JCC Faculty Student Association, JCC Foundation, Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities, Sarita Hopkins Weeks Concert Fund through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Arthur R. Gren Company and Southern Tier Brewing Company.

The exhibition will be displayed Saturday, Oct. 1 through Friday, Dec. 7. The Weeks Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday. The gallery is closed on college holidays. For more information, visit



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