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Freedman Gallery
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA  19612

Main Office:  (610) 921-7715
Box Office:  (610) 921-7547
Gallery:  (610) 921-7541


Freedman Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, holidays, breaks (see College calendar) and summer.

Admission to the Freedman Gallery is always FREE!

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Works by Sue Coe

January 22-March 11

Sue Coe talk (FREE, open to the public): Thursday February 26, 5:30 Roop Hall, Center for the Arts.

Other opportunities to see and hear Sue Coe in informal settings:

  • Wednesday 2/25, 1:30-3 in the gallery;
  • Thursday 2/26, 9:30-10:45 in Klein Lecture Hall (down hall from the bookstore),
    and light snacks and beverages in the gallery 4:30-5:15;
  • Friday 2/27, 10-11:30 in the gallery.

These extra opportunities are free and open to the public.

Click here to listen to a podcast of Professor Kristen Woodward having a conversation about the exhibition with Matt Kopans, Director for the Center for the Arts.

Sue Coe is one of the most important politically oriented artists living in the U.S. today. From the outset of her career working as an illustrator for such publications as the New York Times and Time Magazine, Coe was committed to reaching a broad audience through the print media. Later, she began creating extended visual discourses on subjects (such as racial discrimination or animal rights) that she felt were not being adequately addressed by conventional news organizations. Widely written about and exhibited, Coe has appeared on the cover of Art News and been the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Her work is in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
 Galerie St. Etienne, New York

Threepenny Opera

Sue Coe. The Threepenny Opera. 1979. Photo-etching. 5 3/4" x 7 5/8" (14.2 x 19.4 cm). © Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.


Albright students Cyndi Krupnik, Andrea Eiland, and Yana Faykina preparing works for the exhibition.


Sue Coe. Napalm on Falluja. 2005. Hand-colored woodcut. 11 1/4” x 18 1/4” (28.6 x 46.4 cm). © Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.


Sue Coe. Rhino in Belgrade Zoo. 1999. Lithograph. 34” x 24” (86.4 x 61 cm). © Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

Good Shepherd

Sue Coe. Where’s the Good Shepherd? 1991. Etching and aquatint. 12” x 8 1/8” (30.5 x 20.6 cm). © Sue Coe. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

Terms such as “graphic witness” and “visual journalist” aptly describe Sue Coe.  She travels in the footsteps of artists such as Francisco de Goya and Kathë Kollwitz, plunging into the depths of humanity’s darker side and addressing our propensity for cruelty and oppression.  Her visceral and expressionistic works address issues that permeate our society, but are often overlooked or dismissed as legitimate subject matter for a contemporary art world.  Taking on subjects of war, rape, animal cruelty and mass slaughter has placed Coe in the forefront of political action through art.

Ms. Coe will be on campus to talk about her work on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7:30pm.  This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the person behind works that are imbued with compassion, anger, artistic finesse, and a profound concern for life on this small and fragile planet that we all share.  Her images frequently speak to us with the voices of those who cannot speak and those whose voices have been silenced.  Both moving and disturbing, the images ask us to examine our roles as viewers and participants in a world that struggles with the age old questions of freedom, justice, and moral responsibility.

The Freedman Gallery at Albright College is proud to present 51 original prints by this renowned artist.  In conjunction with the Freedman Gallery’s presentation of these works, and the production of The Threepenny Opera by Albright College’s Domino Players Theatre Company, there will be a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 24 at 7pm in the Wachovia Theatre in the Center for the Arts.  ZEITGEIST, Political Art and Theatre: Diverse Perspectives from Faculty at Albright College, will offer a range of comments from faculty in English, Theatre, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Art history, and Humanities.  This is free and open to the public.

Michael Howell

We are very excited to have the Sue Coe exhibition on the campus here for our students to see and experience. Sue Coe draws us into her work through an instinctive form of communication that reminds us there are issues we simply cannot turn away from. She raises questions about existence and human dignity that we must deal with. Her process parallels our own learning and living process - as students in school but also in life - to take all the information we gather from history and from current events and ask ourselves a difficult question: are we merely going to witness it or do something about it?

Beth Krumholz
Curator of Education

Ms. Coe’s works deal with issues of violence and cruelty. Due to the graphic nature and adult themes in this exhibition it is not recommended for children.