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Explore ‘Formation’ exhibit at MOAH in Lancaster


Through April 14

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) has announced “Formation,” an exhibition that explores clay’s inherent malleability and concern for the body, its politics, and experience. “Formation” highlights the work of nine artists: Kiel Johnson, Kevin Kowalski, Galia Linn, Elana Mann, Elyse Pignolet, Aili Schmeltz, Diane Silver, Camilla Taylor, and Sean Yang.

The exhibition will be on display from Saturday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, April 14. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Galia Linn’s “Guardians and Vessels” is a 20-year survey of Linn’s work that centers her embrace of both strength and vulnerability in her art practice. The exhibition is comprised of 60 individual pieces from various bodies of work. Artist Aili Schmeltz’s “Cairn 24” creates works that are informed by the environmental, philosophical, and architectural histories of the American West. 

Camilla Taylor’s “The Knot” explores the tension between the process of individualization and being a member of a collective. Diane Silver’s “Stones Throw” minimalist aesthetic tangibly showcases a woman’s reproductive reality, commenting on the state of female autonomy in the present day.

Elana Mann’s “Bellows and Quakes” explores the power of collective voice and sound while Elyse Pignolet’s “Hysterical” explores ideas of post-colonial ethnicity, global exchange, and intersectionality through a feminist lens.

Kevin Kowalski’s work takes cues from the natural world and visual landscapes while Kiel Johnson’s “Notes on a Morning Walk” is an autobiographical series documenting Johnson’s daily walks in the small, idyllic village he currently resides. Artist Sean Yang’s “Touch The Trueself Within” exploits the tension between reproduced and handcrafted objects through his sculptural ceramics and mixed media works, seeking to examine social control, collective unconsciousness, individual identity, and cultural transformation.

MOAH is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 8 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (661) 723-6250 or visit