Friday, November 30, 2012

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ A Lebanese gallerist, Cynthia Nouhra, who holds degrees in interior design, art history, the science of religions, and philosophy, also is a talented abstract painter. Her explosively colorful, light-filled acrylics on canvas are visually striking, a great pleasure for the eye.

Cynthia Nouhra Art Gallery (CNAG) on FaceBook and YouTube

✦ What kinds of social networks might artists have created 100 years ago? For the upcoming "Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925", running December 23 to April 15 at the Museum of Modern Art, curator Leah Dickerman collaborated with Columbia Business School professor Paul Ingram, a network analysis expert, to map connections among visual artists, poets, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and others of the time. Their interactive map will go live on an exhibition-related Website when the show opens. Go here to learn more about the collaboration and to see images.

✦ Ursinus College's Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, curated an exhibition "Access-Ability: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Art for Access" specifically for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias. The intention behind the exhibition: to explore how art can be used as a therapeutic experience to trigger and stimulate memories and emotions that otherwise might be lost to dementias. The museum partnered with a nursing facility to select work from the museum's collection for the show, which closes December 3. Berman is part of the ARTZ museum network.

Peter Crimmins, "Art Program Helps Alzeimer's Patients Focus", Newsworks, WHYYY, September 24, 2012

ARTZ on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The Whitney Museum's Seniors Programs is a collaboration with community-based senior organizations to create programs that encourage senior residents of New York City to engage actively with the museum's collection and exhibitions. The Studio Museum in Harlem works with the nonprofit Arts & Minds to deliver arts programs for adults with memory disorders.

Carne Griffith's drawings in tea and calligraphy inks on paper are dark and beautiful. The artist, who also uses brandy, vodka, and graphite to create floral and figurative images, had a show in October at ink-d in the UK; the gallery sells limited-edition giclees of Griffiths's images.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In Washington, D.C., the National Building Museum is presenting "Detroit Is No Dry Bones", photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara. On view through February 18, 2013, the exhibition presents Vergara's documentation of the city's decline and survival over 25 years. The show runs concurrently with "Detroit Disassembled", photographs by Andrew Moore.

In this video, Vergara explains the image from which the exhibition's title is taken:

For additional exhibition-related videos, go here.

✭ Painting, sculpture, and video work by artists of Little City are being celebrated in the exhibition "Full Circle" running through January 6 at Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois. The Center for the Arts at Little City Foundation, Palatine, Illinois, offers an innovative fine art program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The show, which includes a 40-foot mural, explores the artists' talents and how they use art to communicate.

Exhibition Images on Pinterest

Rockford Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Easton, Maryland's Academy Art Museum opened "The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design" on November 24. The show, which runs through February 10, is a survey of chair design from the early 19th Century to today. Approximately 40 chairs, including designs by the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, and Isamu Noguchi, are presented as sculptural as well as functional items and in their historical, socio-economic, political, and cultural contexts.

AAM on FaceBook

✭ Visual narratives by more than 30 visionary artists are on view in "The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth" at American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. Included in the exhibition, which runs through September 1, 2013, are Beatrice Coron's marvelous paper cut-out stories, Esther Krinitz's moving 36-piece embroidered story about surviving the Holocaust (see video below), Andi Olsen's filmed stories about human body scars; and Vanessa German's sculpture assemblages that tell the "soul stories" in African-American history. 

In this video, Krinitz speaks with filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan about her story art, "Fabric of Survival":

AVAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Notable Exhibits Abroad

✭ A selection of Frida Kahlo's clothing has gone on view at the Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) in Mexico City. The items are from a wardrobe of 300 dresses, bathing suits, accessories, and photographs discovered in 2004 and, until now, kept from public view at the request of muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo's husband. Included in the show, "Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo",  are embroidered dresses and blouses, a black velvet cape, silver jewelry, headpieces, and shoes, as well as the white corset depicted in Kahlo's The Broken Column.

Below is a poster announcing the exhibition.

Museo Frida Kahlo on FaceBook and Twitter

1 comment:

nance said...

three hundred frickin' dresses! woah.