On the Threshold: Doors and Windows Represented

February 3 - July 5, 2015
West Ambulatory

Doors and windows organize architectural space and orchestrate the body’s or the eye’s movement. As limina or thresholds, they divide and conjoin, forming a porous boundary between interior and exterior, familiar and unknown, private and public. Because of their liminal position, doors and windows in the Western artistic tradition have come to signal physical or metaphorical passage, transformation, interchange.

This exhibition explores the visual representation of doors and windows as architectural frames and symbolic spaces in a range of genres and mediums.

Curated by Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova in conjunction with her spring 2015 course “Literature, Architecture, and Real Estate.”

Joel Meyerowitz (American, b. 1938)
Hartwig House, Truro, 1976
Dye transfer print
Friends of Art Endowment Fund, 1979.14