Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castellon
Greenhut and Lewis Bear Family galleries
September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Despite living in different centuries, Francisco Goya's (1746-1828) and Federico Castellon's (1914-1971) body of work often draws sharper relationships to one another than to their contemporaries in their attention to the darker and complex side of the human condition. This exhibition features two important print series produced by the artists from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' permanent collection: Castellon's lithographs for Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque of the Red Death and Goya's etchings from Los Disparates (or The Proverbs). Many artists have been drawn to the dark and the fantastic, but few have probed the human condition with the insight and truthfulness found in these images.
Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women
Henderson Thornton and Kugelman Family galleries
September 8, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Women. Rebels. Artists. Rebels With a Cause presents a selection of works by female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries who rebelled against the conventions of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and clearing a path for future artists. The collection of paintings embody the early influence of French impressionism and its precursor, the Barbizon Style. The works feature characteristics of the American impressionist style, but also reach beyond impressionism’s strict definitions reflecting individual artistic approaches. Today, art historians are rediscovering the significance of these female artists and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history. Rebels With a Cause was organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art from the Sellars Collection.
The Reflected Self: A Cultural History of Portraiture
Charles W. Lamar, Sr. Assembly Room
September 16, 2017 - October 22, 2017
The Reflected Self is a site for interaction, exploration and discovery by allowing museum goers to engage with the portraiture genre as both spectator and participant. Selected works from the PMA permanent collection and loan are exhibited in salon style offering a closer look at artists like, Vivian Maier, Picasso, Gilbert Stuart, and more. This exhibition features three contemporary artists, Adrian Coates, Patryk Stasieczek, and Marzia Ransom. Activate your own portrait by being part of the exhibition with Selfie and Portrait sitting Stations.
Stairwell Gallery, located on the second floor of the museum
October 17, 2017 - February 4, 2018
DocuFlorida features photographic and image-based work and is focused not the current environment and landscapes of Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Southeast Region of the U.S. The exhibition is intended as an iteration of Documerica, the photographic documentary project that was sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s.
Documerica documented the environment as framed by larger systems of change. Established in 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency hired more than 100 photographers to document specific issues and interactions with the environment. In a time of political uncertainty, deception, and intrigue, North America's land and waterways suffered from neglect. Through photographs, Documerica became a project of investigation to fuel a movement for change, and a vital archive of our mutable environment.
DocuFlorida aims to explore similar conditions with a focus on the local; an interpretive lens that addresses the socio-cultural and socio-spatial conditions of natural and build environments of our larger region, which is deeply informed by river systems, gulf waters, and their associated industries and economic enterprises. Establish, emerging, and nascent artists and image-makers answered a call for art that considered what landscapes shaped their lives and how the camera mediates these environment in vernacular and abstract forms. By zooming in on a coastal and local level, we hope to examine these points of view alongside our global communities at large.