CLOSED: EXHIBITION: Litost: Works by Sarah Dittmann

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Location: 109, Sella-Granata Art Gallery Woods Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

Categories: Department of Art and Art History

The reception has been canceled due to the evolving situation around the University’s planning and scheduling related to the coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience. Following UA's health and safety guidelines, this MA thesis exhibition will continue in order to fulfill the requirements for the MA degree, but will be closed to the public. It will be documented and presented in an online exhibition at a future date at  For the latest information about UA, please go to

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to present Lítost, the MA thesis exhibition of Sarah Dittmann. The exhibition runs March 23-30, 2020, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, on UA campus. The public is invited to the opening reception, Monday, March 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Lítost is a Czech word that, Dittmann said, “is untranslatable, but can roughly be said to be a feeling we have about an immense, negative and unchangeable breach of the order we expect the world to have.” The works in this exhibition are about nostalgia and a loss of home and the ways that memories are treasured and thought about after this loss. After being uprooted from her family home a few years ago, Dittmann, who has Czech ancestry, realized how important memories of her family are to her. She incorporates into her artwork the Czech folk art traditions that have been passed down to her, as well as images from her family’s history. She also incorporates sewing, embroidery and needlework skills that were practiced by her mother and other important women in her family into her work. Crystals also appear in her work and act as an important vehicle for these memories. They represent facets of her memory and function as a personal symbol for her. About the crystal works in this exhibition, Dittmann says, “They alter the memories portrayed, just as memories distort with passage of time.”

The Sella-Granata Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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