Friday, October 25, 2013

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Save the Date! November 8-10, Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington, D.C., is hosting the Fourth Annual Feminist Art History Conference. The keynote will be given by scholar Patricia Simons, a University of Michigan professor and author, most recently, of The Sex of Men in Premodern Europe: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Events include a Saturday luncheon at the Katzen and Sunday admission to a National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibition, "American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s", which concludes November 10. The registration fee is $45; $25 for students.

✦ Launched this year, the journal HEArt Online features visual art as well as poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews. Its aspiration is to promote "the role of artists as human rights activists".

HEArt on Twitter

✦ The 9th Annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour takes place November 2-3, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The tour begins in at the Fire Hall in Little Washington, Virginia, where representative selections from studios and galleries are on view and maps and driving directions are available. I've done this tour several times and met some wonderful artists.

2013 Participating Studios and Galleries

Artists of Rappahannock on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Nature figures prominently in the beautiful paintings, works on paper, and assemblages (see Notes on the State of Virginia and Lives of the Birds) of Suzanne Stryk, a Virginia artist who recently came to my attention. In the video below, Stryk talks about her exhibition earlier this year at Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia. Exceptional work!

✦ The Poetry Foundation in Chicago has mounted an exhibition celebrating the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. The show, "Forever — is composed of Nows —", on view through November 30, features the work of contemporary artists Jen Bervin, Lesley Dill, and Spencer Finch and a copy of Dickinson's only surviving dress. See the wonderful video about the exhibition in which Jen Bervin and Marta Werner, the editors of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems (New Directions, October 29, 2013), discuss the book and the artists talk about the inspiration that Dickinson remains.

Exciting News: The Emily Dickinson Archive, announced earlier this week, is live. Its objective is to "make high-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson's poetry and letters available in open access, along with transcriptions and annotations from historical and scholarly editions," according to a Harvard University Press post. Harvard Library joined Amherst College, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard, Boston Public Library, Digital Public Library of America, Emily Dickinson Lexicon at Brigham Young University, and Houghton Library at Harvard to create the online archive. Also collaborating in the initiative are the American Antiquarian Society, the Archives & Special Collections Library at Vassar College, the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, and New York Public Library. As of this week, this tremendous resource offers a lexicon that can be used to find Dickinson poems and manuscript images that may be viewed by library collection or by first line, date, recipient, or edition.

Here's an introduction to the archive:

The Gorgeous Nothings (Granary Books, 2012), Limited Edition

The Dickinson Composites (Granary Books, 2010), Limited Edition

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Installation artist Diane Landry of Quebec, Canada, is exhibiting in "Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things" at Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina. On view is work created between 1992 and 2013. Inspired by nature, the artist uses in her constructions everyday objects, sound, light, and shadow. The show concludes January 12, 2014.

CAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Washington's Tacoma Art Museum is presenting through January 1, 2014, "Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture". More than 60 works from the museum's collection are on view; included are portraits by Chuck Close, William Cumming, and Dorothy Dolph Jensen; Henry Inman's portrait Chief of the Foxes from the early 1800s and Catharine Critcher's Portrait of Star Road from the early 1900s; sculpture by Dan Webb; glass art by Walter Lieberman; and photography by Steve Davis and Mary Randlett. A drawing table and sketching materials will be available to visitors who want to try their own hand at portraiture.

Tacoma Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Continuing through January 26, 2014 at Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut is "Closer: The Graphic Art of Chuck Close". 

Opening December 14 is "Inside the Artist's Studio: Small Scale Views", which will feature studios created by painter and sculptor Joe Fig, abstract painter and printmaker Richard Haas, and photographer Lori Nix

Bruce Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ "Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection" is up at Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan. On view are 75 paintings, prints, and sculpture by more than 30 significant African-American artists, including Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, John Biggers, and Charles White. Works date from as early as 1802 to the contemporary period. The exhibition may be seen through November 7.

John Biggers, Upper Room, 1984
Arthur Primas Art Collection
© John T. Biggers Estate
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Muskegon Museum on FaceBook 

✭ An exhibition of paintings by Israeli artist Tsibi Geva goes on view November 5 at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. On Saturday, November 9, Geva will be on hand for a gallery talk. Geva's work is in the Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, selections from which were on view earlier this month. The collection was donated to the museum in 2011 ("AU Museum Receives Contemporary Israeli Art").

AU Arts on FaceBook and Twitter

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