All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ This is the season for open studio tours and fall art festivals. Coming up: Western North Carolina Pottery Festival (November 7), Dillsboro, North Carolina; Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour (November 7-8, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Washington, Virginia; 2015 Dixon Studio Tour (November 7-8), Embudo Valley, Northern New Mexico; 8th Annual Newton Open Studios Fall Juried Art Fest (November 7-8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Newton, Massachusetts; Vallejo Open Studios 2015 (November 7-8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Vallejo, California; Oregon Glass Guild Fall Studio Tour and Sale (November 14-15); Tucson Pima Arts Council Open Studio Tour (November 14-15, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Tucson, Arizona; 11th Annual Tri-City Artists Open Studio Tour (November 14-15, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Shoreline ArtsTrail15 and Open Studios Weekend (November 21-22), Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut; and Toe River Art Studio Tour (December 4-6, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday), Burnsville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
✦ "Failure is really, really important, but failures have to hurt. . . ." ~ Andy Goldsworthy. Listen to the artist's interview at KQED Arts or NPR.
✦ The work of Montana ceramic sculptor Adrian Arleo will wow you. See her portfolio of ceramics, which she imbues with the feel of classical art.
Here's a short video showing her work at a 2012 exhibition at the now-closed Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico:
✦ The weekly series Colores! at New Mexico PBS features local and national stories about the visual and performing arts, from painting and sculpture, to film and photography, to dance and theatre, to literature and more. The 30-minute episodes, which are broadcast on Saturdays, are archived and may be viewed online.
✦ Smith College Museum of Art and Artstor Digital Library have added more than 5,000 additional images from the museum's permanent collection to its Digital Library. The number of images that may now be viewed online totals more than 13,000. A post about the images is at The Artstor Blog.
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ In "The Journey North", ongoing through December 20 at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, contemporary textile artist Karen Hampton draws on eight generations of her own family's stories as people of African, Caribbean, and American descent to examine broadly our struggle with identity today. Hampton, who calls herself a "griot", meaning a keeper and transmitter of a people's genealogies, uses embroidered, woven, stitched, and digitally printed imagery (image transfers) on cloth to address displacement, transience, and heritage. Of the 45 works in the solo exhibition, 19 are new.
Here's a brief video introduction to the exhibition:
✭ Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art is presenting a huge and comprehensive exhibition about the history and cultural and artistic legacy of the famous Black Mountain College, Asheville, North Carolina. Continuing through January 24, 2016, "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957" features some 260 works by more than 90 artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, and Willem de Kooning; student work, a soundscape, archival materials, and performance and educational programs of and about the dances of Merce Cunningham and music by composer John Cage.
Here's a video introduction to the exhibition:
An illustrated catalogue (Yale University Press/ICA Boston) accompanies the exhibition:
Catalogue Cover Art
A related publication by Eva Diaz, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press) also is available. The book focuses on three Black Mountain teachers: Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller.
Performance and Program Guide (pdf)
On its closing at ICA, the exhibition will travel to the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, February 21 - May 15, 2016) and Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, September 17, 2016 - January 1, 2017).
✭ A site-specific installation, Metal Painting (2015), by Brooklyn-based artist Ellen Harvey is on view through January 4, 2016, at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The installation, comprising 887 paintings in oil on plywood (the images are of ironwork in the Barnes collection; the collection includes almost 900 such historical wrought-iron objects), was commissioned by the foundation and complements the Barnes exhibition "Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musee Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen". A slideshow of "Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting" is online. Watch a video about the Barnes ironwork.
On Sunday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., the foundation hosts "Ironwork in the Barnes: Judith Dolkart in Conversation with Ellen Harvey". The event is ticketed.
✭ Beautiful handmade paper cuts by Catalina Delgado Trunk are on view through December 6 at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The exhibition, "Voces de Mis Antepasados | Voices of My Ancestors", features Delgado Trunk's intricate cut paper ("papel picado") visualizations of her Mexican heritage and indigenous culture.
Delgado was a 2015 winner of an Annual Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the New Mexico Arts Commission.
Browse works in Delgado Trunk's portfolio online.
✭ The Smith College Museum of Art is presenting "Women's Work: Feminist Art from the Collection" through January 3, 2016. Featuring work from the 1960s through 1980s, made during the so-called "Second Wave" of feminism, the thematically organized exhibition includes such artists as Emma Amos, Judy Chicago, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015), Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero (1926- 2009), and Martha Wilson. Browse the various virtual resources and view the image highlights.
✭ New Jersey's Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, continues "Jae Ko: Force of Nature | Shiro" through May 1, 2016. Jae Ko's monumental paper relief is 80 feet long and 14-16 feet high; it is at once both massive and ethereal-seeming—a remarkable rolled-paper sculpture comprising more than 20,000 pounds of varying shades of white recycled Kraft paper. The exhibition page provides additional details.
The video below shows the artist at work on her commissioned installation:
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