Missing Department

September 14 – October 8
Opening Reception: September 14, 4 – 6 pm

From 1919 – 1949 the pulp magazine Western Story published ads in the “Missing Department” where people wrote in search of vanished spouses, abandoned children, and separated lovers. During the pandemic, artist Ligia Bouton and poet Matt Donovan used the ads and pages of Western Story to make collages, paintings, sculptures, and blackout poems that interrogate the loss and hope of human connection. The exhibition will launch a book version of the project and on October 4, Donovan will be reading from his 2022 collection The Dug-Up Gun Museum in Brockport’s esteemed Writer’s Forum.

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