Jan. 18-March 26, 2023 – “Black Palimpsest: Jared Thorne,” part of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s new Artists in the Archive series, with contemporary artists invited to bring their work into conversation with selections from the museum’s permanent teaching collection, in the Kuhlman Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. In this exhibit, Thorne’s multimedia artworks bring a critical lens to a series of masks from the museum’s African Art holdings. Thorne’s project approaches these masks as palimpsests–objects where the original context has been effaced and overlaid with new understandings but aspects of the original are still visible. The exhibit explores the cultural comodification of African art objects in Western museums while asking how these same objects signify history, identity, and authenticity for many African Americans. The exhibit will open with a public reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22, 2023. Learn more at jaredthorne.com. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.