Friday, February 3, 2017

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Below is the trailer for the 58-minute documentary Jackson Pollock's Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece, directed and produced by Kevin Kelley. Produced in collaboration with the University of Iowa's Museum of Art, the film documents the painting's beginnings and follows its journey from New York to Iowa and around the world. 

The film can be seen in its entirety at Iowa Public Television, where it premiered in August 2016.

Jackson Pollock at The Art Story

✦ Last month, from January 8 through January 20, the student-run Gallery 102 at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., was host to "The Tea Project", an installation of 779 porcelain teacups, one for each extra-legal detainee at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. A collaboration of The Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, and The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, the exhibition also showcased a selection of more than 100 artworks by detainee Ghaleb Al-Bihani and three works by detainee Djamel Ameziane. Chicago's Aaron Hughes, an Iraq War veteran and artist, is credited with the project's concept; also involved was artist and University of Chicago lecturer Amber Ginsburg.

Here's a video about the project, which is ongoing:

✦ Australian artist Meredith Woolnough, who creates beautiful embroidered traceries, recently updated a post about her artistic process and specifically about the sewing machine she uses.

Meredith Woolnough on FaceBook

✦ Medical and health sciences students at the University of Melbourne are being exposed to art in a program designed to help them develop empathy, moral insight, and cultural awareness. Read "Teaching Doctors Empathy Through Art" at ArtsHub.

✦ The Philadelphia Museum of Art has reopened its South Asian Galleries, which showcase reinstalled selections from one of the world's most significant South Asian art collections. Among the major improvements are state-of-the-art lighting, flooring, and casework, as well as installation of interactive digital kiosks and self-contained galleries. In addition, the museum's entire South Asian collection is now online.

✦ The animation below, Sonambulo ("The Sleepwalker"), directed by Theodore Ushev, is inspired by Joan Miro's art and the poem "Romance Sonambulo" by Federico Garcia Lorca. Made in 2015, the animation has won numerous awards and has been screened at more than 100 film festivals.

Additional Information About Sonambulo at Vimeo and Bonobostudio

(My thanks to Goldmark Gallery for the link.)

Exhibitions Here and There (University and College Museums Edition)

✭ The SCAD Museum, Savannah, Georgia, brings Chiharu Shiota to the city in "Infinity Lines", opening February 21. The exhibition, running through August 6, features a commissioned, site-specific installation, described by Shiota as one of her "drawings in space"; comprising labyrinthine networks of red yarn intertwined with antique wooden chairs, the installation reflects Shiota's deep interest in exploring how one's possessions are connected to life experiences. The show is part of the annual deFINE Art program of exhibitions, lectures, performances, and other public events featuring emerging and established artists. 

Chiharu Shiota on FaceBook

SCAD Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ At the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, you'll find "Temporal Turn: Art & Speculation in Contemporary Asia", featuring 26 contemporary artists' work addressing five themes: biological systems; mathematics, astronomy, and space exploration; historical and mythical fictions grounded in culturally specific perspectives; next-steps in human evoluation and extraterrestrial life; and humans' transformative changes to nature. Also showcased are four site-specific works commissioned from artists Konoike Tomoko, Rohini Devasher, Park Jae Young, and Sahej Rahal. The show is up through March 12.

View the exhibition brochure. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link above.

Here's the exhibition trailer:

Spencer Museum of Art on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube

✭ If you travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts, take time to see the Williams College Museum of Art's "Shaping Space" exhibition, on view through February 19. In addition to showing for the first time Michael Singer's indoor sculpture Ritual Series (1990), the show includes work by Richard Serra, Mel Edwards, and Louise Nevelson that is from WCMA's own collection.

WCMA on FaceBook and Instagram

✭ An exhibition of Turkish textiles can be seen at Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa. Featured as flat-woven bags for flour, salt, and rolling pins; prayer rugs; saddle bags; and tent hangings used by nomadic peoples of Turkey. Most of the weavings were made in the 20h Century. Part of the University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project,  the exhibition continues through April 9.

UI Museum of Art on FaceBook and YouTube

Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California, is presenting Elena Dorfman's photographic portraiture and audio recordings in  "Syria's Lost Generation", continuing through March 12. Dorfman's documentary work is the result of an assignment to Syria in 2013 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Focusing especially on teenagers, Dorfman spent 10 months on her project with exiled Syrians in Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. 

Read Tema Stauffer's feature, "Elena Dorfman's Portraits of Syria's Lost Generation", at American Photo (2015), which includes numerous images and an interview with Dorfman.

On March 8, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., the museum is host to the exhibition-related event "Youth Speaks: Brave New Voices".

Elena Dorfman on FaceBook and Instagram

MCMA on FaceBook

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