All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ Washington, D.C.'s National Museum for Women in the Arts has launched an important new initiative, "Women, Arts, and Social Change", not only to promote its long advocacy for women in the arts but also to champion ways that museums can become effective forums for addressing social causes. As part of its initiative, NMWA is sponsoring a program titled "Fresh Talk"; its kick-off on October 18 brought together art professionals and activists for gender equality in the arts. On November 18, "Fresh Talk" hosts Carrie Mae Weems, who will discuss artists' social responsibility. Following that, designer Gabriel Ann Maher and design critic Alice Rawsthorn meet January 27 to lead "Change by Design". One needn't live in the D.C. metropolitan area to take advantage of the programs: NMWA plans to live-stream each discussion and upload recorded talks on its Website.
✦ Effective October 6, 2015, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, became George Eastman Museum. Read "George Eastman Museum Announces New Name". The Website also is new.
✦ Canada-based Meryl McMaster, featured in the Fall 2015 issue of American Indian magazine, a quarterly publication of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, has received accolades for her portrait collection Second Self, on show through December 11 at NMAI's New York location. The exhibition is a fascinating and perceptive examination of how we conceal and reveal our identity. (Read the digital issue with the feature on McMaster.)
✦ Yale University has opened to the public an archive of 170,000 Depression-era (1935-1945) photos. The images, made by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, are viewable, searchable, and sortable online at Photogrammar. An interactive map plots some 90,000 images bearing geographical information.
✦ A don't miss for locals! See exhibitions, meet artists where they work, and buy local and homemade from Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland, which launches Open Studio Saturdays, tomorrow, October 24. The next two Open Studio Saturdays are scheduled for November 14 and December 12. All three are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
✦ Scrap yards and construction sites are favorite haunts of Wendy Klemperer of Brooklyn, who scavenges for steel and other materials to use in her representational animal sculptures. In the video below, Klemperer talks about why animals so inspire her. Browse Klemperer's portfolio of large and small sculptures in bronze, steel, and wax and her paintings and drawings.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Work by more than 25 artists is featured in "The Big Hope Show" at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum through September 4, 2016. A celebration of the museum's 20th anniversary, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, stained glass, videos, and assemblages. Among highlights are a video tribute to California trooper Kevin Bridges, the art of psychedelic rocker Wayne Coyne (read "'Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Plots Art Exhibit Debut" in Rolling Stone), Jackie Sumell's installation Herman's House, depicting the experience in solitary confinement of the late Herman Wallace, and Chris Roberts-Antieau's embroidered story-telling textiles. As described by curator Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, "The Big Hope Show" seeks "to inspire a clearer, more hopeful, communal roadmap forward by shining a big . . . spotlight on just what ignites and sustains human hope while, at the same time, artfully identifying and combating those ancient forces hell-bent on hope's destruction: cynicism, fear and despair."
Read City Paper's "Perches in the Soul: The American Visionary Art Museum's Annual Showcase Features Monumental Depictions of Hope", October 7, 2015; and The Baltimore Sun's "With Help from Wayne Coyne, AVAM Celebrates 20 Years with 'Big Hope Show'", October 2, 2015.
✭ Tomorrow, October 24, Mother and daughter artists Janet Ruttenberg and Kathy Ruttenberg open in "Janet Ruttenberg: Figure in the Landscape | Kathy Ruttenberg: Landscape in the Figure" at Iowa's Dubuque Museum of Art. The special exhibition, which will continue through March 20, 2016, is the first time the artists have shown together. Included are four large paintings by Janet Ruttenberg and 10 ceramic sculptures and a tapestry by Kathy Ruttenberg. Also on view are five of Janet Ruttenberg's early works and works by two of her teachers, artists Dorothy Bechtel Rossiter and Sr. Mary James Ann Walsh BVM. The show centers on the artists' observations of the human figure and the natural world. For images, see the exhibition link above. A catalogue is available. Read Charles Stuckey's "Every Day in the Park with Janet".
This 2013 video, Where Beasts Dwell, is about Kathy Ruttenberg's art and the animals that inform her work.
Dubuque Museum on FaceBook and Twitter
✭ "Archipenko: A Modern Legacy" continues through December 13 at The Palmer Museum at Penn State University. Drawn from museum and private collections, the approximately 50 sculptures, mixed-media reliefs, and works on paper span Archipenko's artistic career and reflect his interest in the abstracted figurative form. An innovator, Archipenko's creative techniques and practices encompassed lead casting, electroplating, and use of materials including Plexiglas and Bakelite. Presented for the first time are annotated photographs, patent drawings, and lecture transcripts from Archipenko's archives.
✭ New Jersey's Princeton University Art Museum opened "Ursula von Rydingsvard and Others: Materials and Manipulations" October 17. The exhibition, which runs through January 3, 2016, features nine new works by von Rydingsvard, a sculptor who uses circular saws and other nonconventional tools to create her monumental pieces. A highlight is a university commission—the artist's first work in copper.
Read the ArtNews post, "Habitat: Ursula von Rydingsvard".
Ursula von Rydingsvard on FaceBook
✭ Continuing through February 22, 2016, at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, is "Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours". Here's a short video introduction to the exhibition of European and American prints (mezzotints, etchings, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs) that explore the evocations of night. View the exhibition checklist. Some of the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Edward Hopper, Rembrandt, Gene Gloss, and Rockwell Kent.
VMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube
✭ The work of sculptor Robert Kinmont goes on view October 31 at di Rosa Art Preserve in California's Napa Valley. The exhibition, "Robert Kinmont: Trying to Understand Where I Grew Up", is the conceptual artist's first solo show in the Bay Area in more than 45 years. A selection of early works from the late 1960s and 1970s will be presented with work made since 2005. (Kinmont, who lives in Sonoma, interrupted his art practice to study Zen Buddhism and work as a carpenter.) A reception is scheduled for November 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Robert Kinmont at Alexander & Bonin Gallery