West Windsor, N.J. – The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) hosts “The Ice Next Time: Textiles and Artifacts of Dark Age North America (2026-2280),” a science fiction-inspired textile and artifact show by artist Stephen Hendee. The exhibit opens Tuesday, Nov. 11 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 4.
The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and a campus map can be found here.
On Monday, Nov. 17, the artist will be on campus for two events. From noon to 1 p.m., Hendee will present a lecture entitled “Future Imperfect” in the Communications Building, Room 109. He will talk about his artwork in relation to the science fiction genre as a subtext for cultural issues both past and present.
Later in the day, the Gallery will host a reception with the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. The show is curated by Stephen Hendee, with MCCC Visual Arts faculty members Lucas Kelly and Dylan Wolfe.
According to Wolfe, director of the Gallery, Mercer is excited to bring the show to the college and the local community. “It’s a thought-provoking exhibit that will likely be a starting point for stimulating discussion about art as a reflection of society, as well as art’s power to create change,” he said.
Hendee describes “The Ice Next Time” as a speculative historical examination of textiles and crafts from our future. In his imagined future, “The sun has come undone. Electromagnetic waves destroyed communications, air travel, the world economy. Billions died of starvation. Cities were abandoned. History became myth. Scientific knowledge devolved into lost magic. What remained of mankind reconnected with nature; people returned to the land, taking over farms previously owned by corporations. Performance and memory once again served as the basis of community entertainment.”