All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Take a moment to check in at Lindsey Carr's The Unseen Bestiary, described as "an attempt to produce a set of work about Flora & Fauna the artist has never seen." Each artwork Carr creates is based on descriptive information submitted by the public. Go here to submit your own description of a beast you've never seen. Carr selects the descriptions she likes best and, in addition to documenting submissions online, she produces them in a series of paintings and etchings. My thanks to the Paris Review Daily blog for the link to Carr's bestiary. It's a wonderful project.
Follow Carr's progress here.
✦ More arts organizations should follow the lead of the Walker Art Center and create an Art on Call program of their own. The Walker's program, available 24/7, uses cell phone-based interactive voice response technology (landlines and computers also may be used for access) that allows anyone to call in to hear a talk about a particular artwork. An alternative to traditional audio tours, the program is free, easily expandable, and features not only "deep descriptions" of artwork (especially important for people who are blind or have low vision) but also comments by artists, curators, tour guides, and others about work on view, can generate lists and descriptions of current and upcoming exhibitions and events, and provides visitor information, as well as information about museum shopping and dining options. The program also keeps track of artworks you've accessed, expanding the playlist whenever you call in.
✦ Today's video spotlight is A Voodoo Memory (2008; in French with English subtitles), a fascinating 60:34-minute film by Irene Lichtenstein about Swiss-born Marianne Lehmann, who speaks about her life in Haiti and experience of vodou as religion, culture, and way of living. Lehmann, who settled in Haiti in 1957 after marrying a Haitian national, is a collector of vodou objects; the Lehmann Collection, with more than 3,000 objects, is one of the most important in the world. Currently, a team from the Smithsonian's Haiti Cultural Recovery Program is working to inventory, organize, and clean, conserve, and store the Haitian artifacts.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In McLean, Virginia, McLean Project for the Arts is showing "Seth Rosenberg: The Cleveland Years" in the Emerson Gallery through November 5. The exhibit includes both abstract paintings and prints by Rosenberg, formerly a gallerist (of District Fine Arts) in Washington, D.C., who now lives in Cleveland. Rosenberg's dense, layered, collage-like work is terrific. The show, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, is the only current opportunity for those in the D.C. area to see Rosenberg's oils and prints.
A panel discussion on Rosenberg's life and work, to be moderated by independent curator J.W. Mahoney, has been scheduled for October 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Simultaneously, MPA is presenting "Accidently on Purpose: Paintings by Carolyn Case" (in the Atrium Gallery) and "Encaustic Paintings by Georgia Nassikas" (in the Ramp Gallery).
Seth Rosenberg on FaceBook
✭ The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, opened "A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum" on September 16. The exhibition of 57 rarely seen drawings from the late 15th Century through the 19th Century includes key works by Albrecht Durer, Jean-Honore Fragonard, and Peter Paul Rubens. It continues through December 11.
Albrecht Durer, Female Nude with a Staff, 1498
Pen and Dark Brown Ink on Cream Laid Paper
12-3/16" by 8-11/16"
Crocker Art Museum, E.C. Crocker Collection
FLLAC on FaceBook
FLLAC Blog Off the Wall
✭ Continuing through January 8, 2012, at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: "Elegant Geometry: American and British Mosaic Patchwork". The exhibition traces the development of mosaic quilting throughout the British Isles and America. Showcasing a labor-intensive style of textile-making using thousands of pieces of fabric formed into precise shapes using templates and often featuring geometric patterns, the exhibit includes an 1844 signature quilt from a prominent Quaker family and a 1796 hexagonal mosaic quilt. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Belle Abram, Medallion Quilt, 1808*
Probably Made in England
87" x 86"
* According to information accompanying the image of the Medallion Quilt above, Abram started the quilt in 1799 and drafted it in four sizes. She completed it in 1808, the date appliqued on the fabric. Described as a "frame" style in the United Kingdom, the design format of central image surrounded by multiple borders predominated in the Atlantic area until the 1840s.
✭ At the Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, "Master Metalsmith 2011: Fred Fenster" is on view through December 4. Included in the show are hollowware and serving pieces of pewter and sterling silver, such as functional table pieces (salt and pepper set, candlesticks), cups and pitchers, and vase forms. During Repair Days (September 30 - October 2), Fenster will give demonstrations and a slide lecture.
Oral History Interview with Fred Fenster, 2004, Archives of American Art
Fred Fenster: Metalsmithing (2008), Video
✭ Pomona, California's American Museum of Ceramic Art is presenting through October 29 "Exposed: Sculpture and Promised Gifts from ACA's Permanent Collection". The exhibit of more than 60 artists' work marks the first showing of promised gifts represented in a number of important collections.
The museum opens its next show, "Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975", on November 12.