Lavar Munroe, “Pinocchio’s Half Sister,” detail, 2014, acrylic, spray paint, latex house paint, fabric paint, tennis ball, rope, buttons, staples, Band-Aids, jeans, thread and found fabric on cut canvas. Image courtesy of the artist and NOMAD Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

Lavar Munroe exhibition: ‘Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo’ at SCAD Museum of Art

The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo,” a multi-venue exhibition by SCAD alumnus Lavar Munroe (B.F.A. illustration) with recent works that explore his ongoing interest in the phenomena of the “human zoo” in place during colonial times, and its impact on the politics of representation in the present. Three significant works recently included in the 56th Venice Biennale will be on display in the SCAD Museum of Art. Munroe will also present a series of new large-scale works and drawings in the Gutstein Gallery, including an installation that engages personal biography and references his childhood in the Bahamas.

Munroe’s painting practice incorporates elements of assemblage and collage, with composite pieces stitched and glued into a larger whole. Anthropomorphic figures that vacillate between the playful and macabre are the central motifs of his large-scale canvases. Often incorporating found and discarded materials, Munroe creates rich, painterly works that foreground his interest in history, anthropology and sociology.

The exhibitions are curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions.

Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, 7 p.m.

Museum hours:

  • Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily admission to the museum is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members.

Presented as part of deFINE ART 2016, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

All deFINE ART lectures, receptions and events are free and open to the public.