"Let me recite what history teaches" – an exhibit by Thomas Lail

McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “Let me recite what history teaches," an exhibit by Thomas Lail, through November 1 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. 

Titled, “Let me recite what history teaches...,” after the penultimate line of Gertrude Stein’s “A Complete Portrait of Pablo Picasso,” the exhibition follows a smaller exhibition of Lail’s work held last year and titled after the final line of the same poem, “History Teaches.”  The new exhibition will survey a greater scope of Lail’s recent work including sculpture, silkscreened rolls of wallpaper, silkscreened paintings, objects, and video. Lail’s degraded overprinted images reference the patterns of Utopian designer/ writer William Morris (Morris’s “Marigold” pattern is itself a reference to the beauty of the common and ordinary) and the appropriated images of gathered protestors and crowds in works that locate us between the Utopian strivings of the past and the muddled conflict of the present.

Immediately prior to this exhibition, Lails’s work will be included in Portal: Governor’s Island art fair on Governor’s Island, New York City and, concurrently, it will be on view in a solo installation at Periphery Space at Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, RI.

Thomas Lail exhibits in the United States and internationally and is represented by One Mile Gallery.  Since 1993, Lail has taught drawing and painting at Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY in Troy, NY where he is Professor of Fine Arts and a recipient of both the President's Award and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award.  He is a past recipient of numerous New York State Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend awards as well as a Fulbright-Hays award from the United States Department of State.  A native of upstate New York, Lail grew up across the street from a geodesic dome- perhaps foreshadowing his current interest in Utopian dreams.  Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Lail was involved in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn art scene.  Thomas Lail now lives and works in a bricolage former-tractor barn, on what was once Heald Orchards in Kinderhook, NY, with artist Tara Fracalossi and their son, Coltrane.

The Rice Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.  For more information on Lail, visit  For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595. 


Friday, November 1 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

Peterson Hall, The Rice Gallery

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