Contemporary Masters: Works on Paper from the Collection of the Art Museum of South Texas organized by the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
April 7 – July 9, 2017
Comprised of the works on paper holdings of the Art Museum of South Texas, Contemporary Masters, brings together work by artists of regional, national, and international importance, with a particular focus on Texas artists. This exhibition, as the title implies, offer works by a number of icons in the art world including Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Judy Chicago, Dale Chihuly, Salvador Dali, Paul Jenkins, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, among others. Stylistically, works range from minimalism to realism, pop to op, narrative to symbolism. Techniques represented in the exhibition include drawings in pastel, ink, pencil, crayon, colored pencil, and charcoal; printmaking in the form of serigraphy, lithography, etching, and monoprint; as well as the use of collage and renderings in liquid media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. These works on paper are significant works in their own right, but many also offer insight into the value of graphic arts and drawings as preparation for execution of works in other media such as sculpture. Often artists better known for work in other media expanded their oeuvre by working alongside master printers at printmaking studios across the United States such as Tamarind, Brandywine, Gemini, Graphicstudio, Pace, Landfall, and Blackburn.
Exploring Photography: Works from the Permanent Collection
April 7 – July 9, 2017
Exploring Photography highlights over 40 works from the collection of the LSU Museum of Art by photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater and Louisiana’s own Clarence John Laughlin, Richard Sexton, Debbie Fleming Caffery, and Thomas Neff. The exhibition reflects the photographic holdings of the Museum, which have doubled in the past year, and celebrates the range of photography’s possibilities. These new acquisitions enrich and broaden the focus of the collection in terms of subject matter, medium, and chronology.
Themes/subjects found elsewhere in our collections are paralleled in Exploring Photography. Portraits range from the powerful studio images of the famous by Yousuf Karsh to the marginalized subjects of Diane Arbus to the constructed double images by Nancy Webber and Bonnie Schiffman. Landscapes presented are as different in style and tone as a megalith by Paul Caponigro, constructed digital images of a scene from a porch by Robert Fichter, the black-and-white and color images of Robert von Sternberg, or the surreal dream-spaces of Jerry Uelsmann and the abstracted image of the land by Barry Anderson or Henry Gilpin.
Works in the Museum’s collection from the early1900s are joined with works as recent as 2012. Mediums as varied as traditional gelatin silver prints, archival digital prints, scanograms and xeroradiography, ultrachrome color images, and gum pigment and cyanotype and solvent transfer photo-based images are represented.
Exploring Photography celebrates the power of photography. The variety represented in the Museum’s photography holdings expands our ability to share the importance of photographic image making and makers.
Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection
July 27–September 24, 2017
Reflections tells a highly personal story of community and place through a selection of the extensive collection of costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee. Featuring 50 works including paintings, works on paper, collages, and fabric works, Reflections presents the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans in the 20th century. The exhibition focuses largely on the figurative and representational, presenting pieces by such noted artists as Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett, Eudora Welty, and Bette Saar. Together, these complementary works present a snapshot of life from within the African American community as well as by artists working in close proximity to it.
The imagery depicted in the works selected for Reflections focuses primarily—although not exclusively—on two areas: narrative, or genre subjects from everyday life; and the landscape of the American South. The juxtaposition of these two, distinct yet related, allows viewers to connect the strong tradition of storytelling by African Americans (narrative and genre subjects), with the sense of place that is largely unique to Southerners (the landscape). Colley-Lee is herself a transplant to rural Mississippi, and her collection reflects in part her personal appreciation of the two traditions and the way in which she sees them intertwine.
The use of collage by African American artists is well represented in Reflections, ranging from the work of modern master Romare Bearden, continuing through the art of legendary Bette Saar, and up through the younger postmodernist Radcliffe Bailey. Beginning with classic studio portraits by celebrated photographer James Van Der Zee and concluding with contemporary prints by Tom Rankin and Maude Schuyler-Clay, the photographs included in the exhibition chronicle the past century in a straightforward, sometimes documentary, approach. Paintings and works on paper round out this selection, and include examples by the iconic Elizabeth Catlett as well as lesser known and emerging artists including Roland Freeman and Charles White. Finally, textile works including quilts, invigorate the exhibition with color and texture, and merge self-taught and folk artists with trained practitioners such as Carol Ann Carter, Gerldine Nash and Hystercine Rankin.
This collection represents a dialogue between the artist and identity. Only by reflecting upon the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans in the 20th century, can this identity be found.
Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee.