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Crystal Life
Date 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, -
5 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2020,
FeaturingLex Thompson
Location Johnson Gallery - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112

Event Description

Crystal Life

Lex Thompson

On View:  Until October 18, 2020

Inspired by John Ruskin's The Ethics of the Dust, Lex Thompson's Crystal Life uses photography, video, sculpture and decorative arts to consider natural aesthetics, technological reproduction, and the divisions between life and non-life.

If you have a current Bethel ID: 
Please visit the gallery any time during open hours, wear a face covering, and follow social distancing best practices. The space limit is 16 people in the gallery at one time.
If you are a Bethel community member and would like to bring an off-campus visitor to see the show:
Visitors will be asked health screening questions at the gate and will be required to comply by Bethel's mask and social distancing polices while on campus. Visitors can enter the building with a Bethel community member with a current Bethel ID.
If you are an Off-Campus Visitor:
Please contact to make an appointment 48 hours before you wish to see the exhibition. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

About the Artist:

Lex Thompson's work examines aspects of intellectual and cultural history in relationship to contemporary thought.  Obtaining a BA in History at New College of Florida and a MA in Religion and Visual Arts at Yale University, he received his MFA in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.  He is Professor of Art (Photography) at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He is recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, a 2008, 2011, 2016 & 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and was selected as a 2009 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer and shortlisted for the 2014 Source-Cord Prize. His project Frame Drag was included in the Midwest Photographer's Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. His artwork is included in collections at the Getty Research Institute, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, and Yale University, among others.

Image: The Geology of Nocturne in Black and Gold, Video still, 2019


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