Monday, December 20, 2010

GMOA in the News

In case y'all missed our front-page appearance this weekend in the Athens Banner-Herald, here's the link to the fabulous article Lee Shearer wrote about the museum's impending reopening.

We also showed up in Art Daily, with an article on the reopening events, and snagged a big award from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), the release for which is showing up around the Internet.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Secret photographs

The curators, registrars and preparators at the Georgia Museum of Art have begun to hang art in the new permanent collection wing. Of course, it is all meant to be a visual surprise until the re-opening festivities in late January. But here is a quick sneak peek:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Collectors Holiday Party

Last week, in the middle of our crazy move, was also the Collectors Holiday Party, which was held in Margie Spalding's beautiful home. Everyone had a wonderful time, and Tim Brown, membership director, took these photos to document the occasion. For more information about becoming a member of the Collectors, click here.

Stuck for an idea for a holiday gift? How about a Friends membership? Or an upgrade of someone else's membership to Collectors status? Friends memberships up to the family level are 20 percent off until we reopen January 29, and, unlike all that other stuff you're buying for your loved ones, won't take up any space. For information on purchasing a Friends membership, click here.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Lamar Dodd BFA Exit Show

While we were in the process of moving, hungry for art and happy to be back next to the Lamar Dodd School of Art, we hiked over there to check out the BFA exit shows for the students graduating this semester and snapped a few pictures. The current crop, which includes printmaking (including work by our own wonderful publications intern, Margaret George), fabrics, photography, jewelry/metals and graphic design, will be on display through December 13, so if you want to take a look at it in person (which we highly recommend), you'd better hurry.

The Great Move Back

After about 18 months over on Jackson Street in the Visual Arts Building in temporary offices, the museum staff is, as of this week, back in our own lovely building and getting ready to open to the public. While we can't show you too many behind-the-scenes pictures, here are some of us frantically packing, moving and celebrating with our friends at the Georgia Review, who were across the hall from us there and were wonderful neighbors. Enjoy the slideshow below!

Monday, December 06, 2010

“There’s no there there”: Stein & Co. Bring Picasso, et al. Back to the SF Bay

Perhaps Gertrude Stein would not make such disparaging remarks about her native Oakland, Ca., today, after the nineties migration of artists and hipsters priced out by the bulging tech bubble, but at the turn of the century Stein most certainly did not find Oakland to be the cultural Mecca for which she yearned. There was plenty of “there” – and everything besides – to be found in Paris, apparently, and so Gertrude and her brothers, Leo and Michael, the latter with his wife, Sarah, all joined the many American-in-Paris expats in 1903 and 1904. It was in Paris that Stein would meet her lifelong partner, Alice B. Toklas, write many of her Modernist literary masterpieces and, in collaboration with her brothers, begin building one of the most impressive and influential art collections of the 20th century.

The Steins had a taste for the avant-garde, and collected what would become important works by such now-famous artists as Cézanne, Matisse, Picabia and Picasso, whose famous portrait of Stein hangs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were not only collectors, but avid promoters and even close friends with some of these artists. Gatherings of artists and writers at Michael and Sarah’s apartment led to their famous Saturday evening salons, and Gertrude and Alice’s apartment at 27 rue de Fleurus eventually became so frequented by admirers of their painting collection that they had to set specific visiting hours for their home-cum-museum so that Gertrude could write without interruption.

The Steins’s collections have been culled for an exhibit that will begin near their childhood home, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in May of 2011. After it finishes its run at SFMoMA from May 21 to September 6, 2011, “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde” will move to the Grand Palais, Paris (October 3, 2011, through January 20, 2012) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (February 21 through June 3, 2012). This exhibition incorporates new scholarship and highlights the various emphases of the three collections, Leo’s, Gertrude and Alice’s, and Michael and Sarah’s, and provides extensive archival materials documenting the historical importance of the family’s collection, including Michael and Sarah’s introduction of Matisse to American viewers on their move back to the Bay Area in 1935, the same year SFMoMA was founded.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Art Around Athens (and Beyond)

Mark your calendars for this coming Monday (December 6), at Ciné in downtown Athens, where Neil Rosenbaum, son of the artist Art Rosenbaum, will be at a special screening of his new feature documentary, "Sing My Troubles: Visits with Georgia Women Carrying Musical Traditions into the 21st Century." Art is also featured in the documentary, visiting these musical artists and talking with them about their memories and life experiences. The film will show at 5 and 7:30 p.m., with a live musical performance (including some of the folks featured in the movie) at 6:30 p.m., and a Q&A with Art and Neil following the later screening. Admission is $12. GMOA patrons may remember that Neil also made a documentary about his father that accompanied his exhibition at the museum in 2006-7 and is included with the exhibition catalogue, "Weaving His Art on Golden Looms: Paintings and Drawings by Art Rosenbaum."

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Weathering the Storm

Situated on Jackson Square in the French Quarter, the Louisiana State Museum has recently opened an exhibit that documents Louisianans’ survival of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as the science of hurricanes. "Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond,in the words of museum director Sam Rykels, “documents the human struggle in the face of a natural disaster, incorporating everything from survivors' personal mementos to their thoughts and feelings. 
It documents how the recovery has brought about innovations — turning the region into a laboratory of new ideas.”

As Art Daily reports, “Galleries and connecting areas move visitors through four major presentations: New Orleans' relationship to storms; firsthand accounts of people and predicaments of survival they found themselves in; a forensics gallery exploring the paths Katrina and Hurricane Rita took that year and the science of how the levees failed; and a final section on recovery and the technologies emerging since to combat the destructive forces of nature.”

One of the biggest draws will undoubtedly be Fats Domino’s damaged baby grand piano, rescued from his 9th ward home. “Living with Hurricanes” includes many other displays as well, ones with less significance for rock ‘n’ roll history, but with more affective force. For instance, the collection includes the journal a man kept while trapped in his house during the storm, which he wrote with a felt marker on his walls, and a pair of jeans another man wore with his and his wife’s names and the name and number of the hotel to which she had evacuated while he stayed behind, so that she could be contacted in the event of his death.

The exhibition opened in October, and includes online galleries of Katrina photos and personal stories.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Digging Daura: letters from Émile Bernard

This installment of the “Digging Daura” blog series comes from Joanna Reising, an art history major and intern in the Daura Center. The image above is a drawing by Bernard on the back of the first of the two letters discussed below. (Lynn Boland)

In a follow up to my post that I wrote in July (which you can read here), I will talk more specifically about the letters sent to Pierre from Émile Bernard. Many thanks to Martha Randolph Daura, who was able to provide a complete transcription of the letters. How she got through the undotted I’s and uncrossed T’s I will never know!

There is not much to add to my description of the first letter, undated but written around 1914. Émile had dropped by to visit Pierre and to see a frame on which Pierre had apparently been working, but no one was there. Émile insists that Pierre stop by his studio the next day at five o’clock, saying that he will send five francs to cover the cost of the trip. He also says that he doesn’t have the 500 francs to pay Pierre, but that he will give what he can to last until Thursday. Maybe Thursday is payday? Maybe Thursday is the next time Émile will get money? Whatever the case, Émile owed Pierre 500 francs (which would equal approximately 100 US dollars in 1914) and couldn’t immediately get the full sum to Pierre.

I was able to understand more of the second letter, undated but written in 1919, with the help of the new transcription. If you remember from my last post, Pierre was fulfilling his compulsory military duty on the island of Minorca around this time. By reading Émile’s letter, it is obvious that Pierre was worried or upset about something. It is possible that he was frustrated by not being able to paint or that he was going through some sort of artistic crisis in which he was questioning his own abilities. Émile states that he has faith in Pierre and in his abilities. He wants Pierre to forget the traditional views of nature and to “pass the rest off as non-existent.” Émile believes that because Pierre has pride and soul he will not betray his cause. Finally, Émile encourages Pierre to see everything easily and straightforwardly. These uplifting words are followed by entreaties for Pierre to write to and visit Émile whenever he has the chance.

By reading these letters, one is able to see the evolution of the relationship between the two artists. Pierre begins as a worker in Émile’s studio to becoming a close and dear friend of the artist. Émile’s own insights into painting are evident in his advice to Pierre, giving us a first-hand account of the style of the time and of a personal style that was an important source for Pierre.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Trecento 2010: An Enriching Weekend of Early Italian Art

Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art, and Judith Ellis attend the Alfred Heber Holbrook Lecture

Laura Rhicard, who works in our Daura department, wrote up a wonderful account of our recent Trecento Conference, which took place November 11-13:
The weekend before last, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art played host to the biennial Trecento Conference in Memory of Andrew Ladis. Scholars and enthusiasts of early Italian Renaissance and late Medieval art from around the world and the United States gathered at the art school to discuss a wide range of topics on the trecento period of Italian art history. Click here to view a full list of the presentations.

Marvin Trachtenberg, of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, opened the conference on Thursday evening with the 2010 Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture. His topic, “Building-in-Time: Thinking and Making Architecture in the Premodern Era” was based on his newly published, similarly titled book, which explores the role of temporality in architectural theory and practice in 14th-century Italy.

Friday and Saturday were filled with presentations. Intern Joanna Reising especially enjoyed the presentation of a paper by Peter Scholz of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, “Creating Space and Constructing Identity: the Painted Architectures of Giusto de’ Menabuoi and Altichiero.” Joanna found the topic interesting in light of the research she’s been doing in our curatorial department:
This lecture is important for our own research on our Giusto panels, which are part of a dismembered polyptych. Not only did the lecture give us a better idea of Giusto's style, but it also gave us a lead on reconstructing the polyptych: the altarpiece of the baptistry seen in the third slide of the lecture looks very similar to the reconstruction that I have done on our polyptych. This could give us a better idea of what the polyptych looked like before it was dismembered.
Curator of education Carissa DiCindio found interest in a presentation by Cecilia Frosinini of Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro in Florence, entitled “New results on Giotto's panel paintings and wall paintings restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure: the Ognissanti Crucifix and some preliminary remarks on the Peruzzi Chapel.” Said Carissa, “It was fascinating to see how the works of art are being restored, and the discoveries made through these restorations are very exciting.” She also noted that the highlight this year was knowing that the conference will now be named for Dr. Ladis, “because I cannot think about this event without thinking of his presence there.”

The relatively small size of the conference made it easy for seasoned international scholars and new graduate students alike to converse on their shared passion. To sustain the sense of community, participants were treated to dinner at local homes each night. Several visitors from Italy were complimentary of the food, particularly the Low Country Boil! For lunch, conference participants got a taste of today’s college dining experience at the Harris Commons dining hall, and coffee and tea breaks were delivered by local café Big City Bread. Toward the end of one break, a comment was overheard that could have been either “This is the best conference around,” or “the best coffee around….” Either way, we’ll take the compliment!

For Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, last weekend was his first time attending the Trecento Conference. He provided this assessment that nicely sums up the weekend: “It was an enriching experience both to be around so much trecento art history, so many art historians, and such incredible diversity of languages and culture. The Trecento conference was a case study in a successful academic conference. I believe it brought something special to Athens.”

Friday, November 19, 2010

American International Fine Art Fair

The 15th American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) will take place in February 2011 in Palm Beach, Fla. This annual event brings well-known international fine art and antique galleries together.

This year’s event “features international dealers representing disciplines of fine art from classical antiquity to contemporary, and the world’s finest collection of haute and period jewelry.” The vetting committee comprises top museum curators and experts. The schedule consists of exhibitions and daily activities, such as lectures, cocktail parties and social events.

Richard Green Fine Art, Hammer Galleries and Graff Diamonds are among the fair’s many participants. Highlights of the fair include a Renoir exhibition and works by Pablo Picasso, John Duncan Fergusson and Sir Alfred Munning.

David and Lee Ann Lester are the owners of International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) and have organized the fair since 1997. The Lesters also established Art Miami and Artpalmbeach. Click here and here for more information about AIFAF 2011.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Be a Part of NPR's Postal Service Series

NPR is taking submissions to include in their upcoming series on the U.S. Postal Service. Check out this information from their Tumblr on how to enter your postage memories:

Have you ever received a letter or postcard in the mail that you keep close to your heart — a love letter, a postcard from abroad, a note from a dear relative, a reply to fan mail? NPR would like to hear from you.

Please share scans or photos of your postcard (front and back) or letter (and envelope, if you have it) and tell us your story. Upload your images to Flickr and tag them NPRPostal.

We will select some to accompany our upcoming series on the U.S. Postal Service.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Decade of RxArt

RxArt, a nonprofit organization that puts fine art in health care facilities, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a gala tonight in New York. The event will include a cocktail party, a contemporary art auction and music by guest DJs.

The mission of RxArt is “to improve otherwise sterile environments through contemporary art, promote healing, and inspire hope in patients, families, and staff.” RxArt’s projects include Jeff Koons’ CT Scanner at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., and an installation of lithographs by Ed Baynard leading to the operating room at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

In addition to art installations, RxArt has published two volumes of its coloring book, “Between the Lines: A Coloring Book of Drawings by Contemporary Artists,” which is given to children in the hospitals that have RxArt projects.

Click here to see photos on RxArt's Flickr page and here to read an interview with Diane Brown, the president and founder of the organization.

Amazing Water Balloon Photographs

Check out these amazing images from London photographer Edward Horsford. By mastering the techniques of high-speed photography, he has been able to capture the moment when a water balloon pops, right before the water falls out of its spherical shape.

The trick, Horsford explains, is timing the flash perfectly. Working alone, he uses a contraption that sets off the camera’s flash when it detects the pop of the balloon. The photographs are taken at night, allowing the flash to illuminate the shots.

Check out this article from NPR for more of these amazing images, and this article provides a more in-depth description of his technical process.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Art on the Wall"

The Art Factory, a nonprofit arts education organization in Augusta, Ga., has been working with the Augusta Utilities Department on a three-phase project called “Art on the Wall.” This project has been covering the walls of the Highland Avenue Water Department with murals.

The first two phases have been completed. The wall on Highland Avenue (phase one) illustrates a mural of the Savannah River. In the second phase, six artists from the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) were chosen to create water-themed art for the wall on Wrightsboro Road.

Phase three is currently taking place at the wall on Iris Street and will include four murals. This section has been “a ‘Working Wall’ for students to discover the art of mural painting.” The artists for this wall are local teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations. So far, the wall includes fish swimming in water around well-known Augusta locations, such as the Sacred Heart Cultural Center and Sconyers Bar-B-Que.

After the teens are finished with their murals, art students at Augusta State University will complete the project. Click here and here to see more photos of the “Art on the Wall” murals.

The Art Factory aims to “provide the children of the Augusta community with high quality fine arts educational experiences that also promote the development of positive life skills.” Click here to read more about the organization.

Slotin Folk Art Festival this Weekend

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Got a taste for folk art?

This Saturday and Sunday, nearly 1,200 works of self-taught art will be auctioned off at the Slotin Folk Art Auction in Buford, Ga. Pieces include southern folk pottery, African American quilts and decorative arts, Appalachian art, American Indian pieces, art from the civil rights struggle, religious art, furniture, photography, industrial molds and antique and anonymous folk art.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday at Historic Buford Hall, 112 E. Shadburn Ave., Buford, GA 30518.

For more information, please visit the event's website.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Live Install!

You can't see much right now, as the sun is peeking over the building and it's very bright this morning, but if you check out our live webcam today, you should be able to see a bit of the installation of Icelandic artist Steinnun Thorarinsdottir's sculpture "Horizons" (a shot from which appears above) in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden. Read more about the artist here.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Conference on Trecento Art

The Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art are hosting their biennial conference on trecento art, which this time is being held in memory of Andrew Ladis. The conference will be held from November 11 to 13 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Twenty-eight speakers from around the world (Russia, Poland, Germany, England, France, Italy, Canada) and the United States will present papers addressing issues related to the 14th century in Italy and the Mediterranean Basin.

The conference will begin on November 11 with greetings and welcome from the Association of Graduate Art Students representative, Kathryn Hall, and GMOA’s director, William U. Eiland.

Following the introductions, Marvin Trachtenberg, of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, will present the 2010 Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture. This year, the topic is “Building-in-Time: Thinking and Making Architecture in the Premodern Era.”

The Trecento Conference is free and open to the public. A full schedule for all three days can be found on the Lamar Dodd website.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is located at 270 River Road at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Friday, November 05, 2010

New Show at Trace Gallery

Trace Gallery’s next show will feature artists Michaelene Walsh and Debbie Kupinsky. Beginning with an opening reception on November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., this exhibition will run through December 3.

Michaelene Walsh is a ceramic artist and associate professor of art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She draws inspiration from poetry, striving to “bring seemingly disparate, ordinary, or unremarkable images together to form something memorable,” much like a poet does with words.

Debbie Kupinsky works with the figure. She is ultimately interested in “how we reconcile the beauty and innocence in the world with the inevitable loss of innocence.” To symbolize this, Kupinsky chooses to incorporate “objects of nostalgia” such as thimbles, teacups, doll parts and pillboxes.

Trace Gallery is located in Athens at 160 Tracy St., in the Chase Park Warehouses. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Fabulous Student!

We love to brag about our wonderful students at the Georgia Museum of Art, who include interns, volunteers and Federal Work-Studies. With a lean staff and a lot to get ready for the grand reopening at the end of January, we couldn't do it without them, and they learn a lot, too, working in every department at the museum, from curatorial to special events to PR and more. Wassim Mentouri is a Federal Work-Study in our business office, and he's being inducted today into Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting scholastic and professional fraternity, which is why he's all dressed up. The students in BAP are the best of the best in accounting, and it's definitely an achievement for him to be recognized as such. Congrats, Wassim!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Upcoming Lamar Dodd School of Art Events

As UGA is nearing the end of the semester, Lamar Dodd students will be showcasing their work. Here are two upcoming events.

Advanced Print Show

The opening reception for the advanced printmaking class show will take place tomorrow night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker’s Coffee Shop & Pub. The pieces will be on view at Walker’s through November.

Drawing & Painting BFA Exhibition

The opening reception for the drawing and painting seniors will take place next Friday, November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Gallery 307 of Lamar Dodd. The work will be on display through November 29.

GMOA in the News

Julie Phillips, the arts and entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald, wrote a great blog post about all the awards GMOA received at the Southeastern Museums Conference in Baton Rouge, La. Click here to see our blog post about the awards or here for the full news release.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

GMOA Curator to Lecture on Dalí

Image courtesy of the High Museum of Art

Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art at the Georgia Museum of Art and adjunct professor of art history at the University of Georgia, will lecture on Salvador Dalí and his connections to Surrealism at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

In “The Supreme Pleasure of Being Salvador Dalí: Hand-painted Dreams and Surrealism Nightmares,” Boland will speak about the Surrealist movement as well as an overview of Dalí’s art. He will cover Dalí’s relationship with other Surrealists and how they affected his later career.

The lecture will be held in the Hill Auditorium on Thursday, November 4th, at 7 PM.

Tickets are free but limited to 2 per person. They are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000. Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.

Reinstallation of Chagall’s America Windows

Image from the Art Institute of Chicago

Yesterday, Marc Chagall’s America Windows were reinstalled at the Art Institute of Chicago. The panels of stained glass went unseen during five years of research and conservation treatment. According to the Art Institute, this work is “one of the most beloved treasures in [the museum’s] vast collection.”

The America Windows, originally dedicated in May 1977, were made in honor of Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902–1976) and celebrated the U.S. Bicentennial. Chagall visited Chicago in 1974 and learned that the Art Institute was planning a gallery in his honor for its expansion program. He then decided to design the windows especially for the Art Institute.

Chagall collaborated with French stained-glass artist Charles Marq to create the windows. Marq made 36 glass panels, and Chagall painted the glass using metallic oxide paints. The windows are more than 8 feet high and 30 feet wide with 12 different sections.

In May 2005, the windows were taken down during museum construction. “Curators and conservators were able to work extensively on the windows during these years to clean, examine, restore, and research Chagall’s masterpiece,” according to Art Daily. Click here to read more.

And now for a little movie trivia—Chagall’s windows made an appearance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” during the characters’ trip to the museum.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Art of: Wine

Join the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art on Sunday, November 14, 2010, for a day trip to Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger, Ga., where we will enjoy lunch, a wine tasting and tours of the vineyard.

The group will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the parking lot of the UGA Softball and Soccer Stadium, located at 2330 S. Milledge Avenue, where we will leave our cars for the day. We will return to Athens at approximately 4 p.m.

$65 per person/ $120 per couple, Friends of the Museum
$75 per person/ $140 per couple, non-members
$55 per person/ $120 per couple, new members who join through this event

Price includes transportation, lunch, wine tasting and vineyard tour.

To make a reservation, please call 706.542.0437.

Special thanks to event hosts and sponsors Tiger Mountain Vineyards as well as event chairs Chris Peterson and Michele Turner.

Botanical Garden Art Competition

The University of Georgia State Botanical Garden is conducting an art competition to find a design that will be used to create signature items, such as journals, scarves, t-shirts and other gift items, for the garden’s gift shop. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 10, at 2 p.m.

This competition is open to all Georgia college and high school students, ninth grade and up, regardless of age. Submissions must be two-dimensional and no larger than 24 by 36 inches. Artists are allowed two entries, and each one should be original, signed work. Natural themes, especially related to the state of Georgia, are encouraged.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- ($1000), second- ($500) and third-place ($250) designs. Judges may also award Certificates of Merit.

The competition is funded by the J.A. and H.G. Woodruff Jr. Charitable Trust.

For the complete guidelines, click here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

High Museum of Art Exhibits Titian Masterpieces

The exhibition, “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” opened at the High Museum of Art this month on Saturday, October 16, and GMOA’s Board of Advisors viewed it yesterday while having their meeting in Atlanta.

Featuring 12 paintings and 13 drawings by artists of the time, the exhibition highlights the work of Venetian Renaissance master Tiziano Vecellio, known as Titian.

Best known for his Diana series, Titian engages his masterful use of light and distinctive brushstroke to tell the story of the ancient Roman goddess. The exhibition features two of these famous paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto.” Both were painted between 1556 and 1559 for King Philip II of Spain and are part of a six-painting series.

“These really are two of the greatest paintings anywhere on the planet," said Michael Clarke, director of the National Galleries of Scotland.

In addition to four paintings by Titian (the Diana paintings are flanked by two smaller works), the exhibition also features several of his drawings. As Titian saw no value in drawings beyond rough drafts for his paintings, he made little effort to preserve them and very few survive today.

Many of the works evoke religious and mythological themes characteristic of the Venetian Golden Age, and several draw from stories in Ovid’s “Metamorphosis,” a very popular theme at the time. The exhibition will be on display at the High Museum of Art until January 2.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Month at the Museum

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago announced its experiment, "Month at the Museum", over the summer. One person would be chosen to live at MSI from October 20 to November 18. Applicants had to submit a video, photo, essay and application to be in the running.

More than 1,500 applications were received. Fewer than 20 semi-finalists went through phone interviews, leading to a smaller group for face-to-face interviews and an online vote. Kate McGroarty was introduced as the winner. McGroarty gets free roam of MSI 24/7 for a month—she gets to “eat and sleep science”—and, after her stay there, she gets $10,000.

McGroarty also gets an office and private sleeping quarters designed by CB2, catered meals and a technology package. She has 30 “Month at the Museum” t-shirts to wear. Each day, Kate uploads pictures and YouTube videos, writes blog posts and updates Facebook and Twitter to tell everyone about her experience.

Rob Gallas, MSI vice president and chief marketing officer, comments on the experiment:

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, ultimate hands-on learning experience. We hear so often from guests that a single visit here changed their lives. We’re curious to find out what spending an entire month here can do. [Kate] will have full run of the Museum and will be free to go places and do things nobody has done before, like sleep in the U-505 submarine or 727 jet, or maybe lay back in the human-sized hamster wheel.

T-shirt Contest for GMOA Student Association!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lamar Dodd School of Art: Second Annual Student Juried Show

The Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Second Annual Juried Student Show opens today in School of Art Galleries 101 and 307. The exhibition will be on view through November 9, and there will be an opening reception this Thursday, October 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Brian Holcombe, director and founder of Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, served as judge for this year’s show. Holcombe received a Master’s of Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2010 and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998.

Saltworks, established in 2002, is a commercial contemporary-art gallery with an international scope and a focus on cutting-edge exhibitions. It has been featured in Art News, Art in America, Art Forum and Art Papers, among other publications.

The galleries are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends and university holidays. Visitors can park at the Performing Arts PAC Deck, lot E20. Free parking is available in lots E07 and E11 after 4 p.m.

"Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection"

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings and Sculpture from the Schlossberg Collection,” on view through December 12, includes works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Antoine Bourdelle, Camille Pissarro and Auguste Rodin, among others.

A review by Jerry Cullum on describes the exhibition as using “museum-quality works…to illustrate the range of mark-making that was possible within the aesthetic limits of a single European realist tradition.”

To read more of Cullum’s take on the exhibition and his interpretation of its significance and impact, click here.

OUMA is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; it is closed on Mondays and university holidays. Docent tours are offered Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for non-members, senior citizens and (non-Oglethorpe University) students are $5.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Manet's Fifer.1883.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Printmaking Extravaganza!

Head to the second floor of Lamar Dodd School of Art this afternoon for a printmaking extravaganza! There will be a rally, information session about a Printmaking and Book Arts BFA and an opportunity to buy some awesome prints.

Chris Verene’s Family: “The Same Day They Signed the Divorce Papers…

a Tornado Hit the House.” This is the title of the photograph that adorns the cover of Chris Verene’s “Famiy,” another art book from the fantastic Twin Palms Publishers. In these photographs, Verene documents the daily lives and trials of his extended family and neighbors over a quarter of a century. Kids with crossbows, babies on bare mattresses, and pregnant teens smoking in an empty kiddie pool populate these images, seemingly devoid of all self-consciousness. These are just people living their lives while trying to make ends meet in their economically depressed hometown of Galesburg, Ill.

These portraits are unapologetic and seem neither to condescend to their subjects nor to target them for criticism, instead attempting to present the reality of both their struggles and joys in its bare truth. While some of the photos may be mildly disturbing to our contemporary urban, and perhaps hypersensitive, sensibilities, as with the pregnant teenaged smoker, a certain dignity and honor in struggle perhaps emerges across the series as a whole, which presents the pathos of people doing their best to negotiate difficult circumstances and larger socio-economic forces than they can control. Aren’t we all?

Verene himself grew up in Galesburg, and then pursued his art education here in Georgia. He was a film studies and philosophy double major at Emory before receiving his MFA in studio art at Georgia State University. GMOA’s own collection includes his 1997 photograph “My Cousin Candi at her Wedding.”

Photos from the series are currently on exhibit at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, running through November 1.

“My Twin Cousin's Husband's Brother's Cousin's Cousins”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Tim and Sally"

GMOA Director Bill Eiland was a celebrity reader at the release party for "Tim and Sally's Year in Poems," written by Grady Thrasher, who, along with his wife, Kathy Prescott, is a loyal patron of the museum. The event was held at Ashford Manor in Watkinsville on September 12, 2010. Please enjoy the videos from the event.

LDSOA Professional Practices Week and Open House

Information sessions about professional careers in art kicks off today with a panel discussing options for careers in the visual arts. The events continue tomorrow with a gallery talk featuring Susan Cofer as well as an additional panel on Friday discussing careers in design. Please try to attend one of these events (or all), as the administration has worked hard to generate ideas for students once they graduate. Both panels will be from 5:30-7:30 pm in Room S151 of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The gallery talk will take place in Room C301 at 5:30 pm. Finally, there is an open house on Saturday, October 23, for any junior or senior in high school interested in becoming an art major at UGA. For more information, please go here.

An Atlas of the Radical World

Art News has a wonderful article by Carly Berwick in its current issue on how artists are combining art-making and map-making into an innovative art form and mode of cultural critique. Variously termed radical cartography, experimental geography and counter cartography, this practice attracts artists, designers, cartographers and geographers who are interested in mapping the social, political and cultural contours of the world that are usually omitted from traditional maps. One example Berwick gives is of a collaboration produced by artist Mona Caron and cartographer Ben Pease titled “Monarchs and Queens” (2010), part of the exhibition and book project “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” organized by writer Rebecca Solnit and featuring maps of San Francisco. The map features a drag queen in a butterfly-themed outfit and a flock of monarch butterflies fluttering about over a map of the city that charts the habitats of both butterflies and gay men. Endemic to the piece is the kind of reappropriation of language that the gay community has initiated with such terms as “queer,” the most common derogatory term in Spanish for a gay male being maricone, or “butterfly.” The book has been published by the University of California Press, and the exhibition continues at SF MoMA through December 11. A similar book and exhibition project is Lize Mogel and Alexis Bhagat’s 2008 book, “An Atlas of Radical Cartography,” which includes art works that have subsequently toured to such sites as MoMA P.S.1 in Queens. The article also discusses the cartographic activism of such groups as the Brooklyn-based Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Los Angeles-based Center for Land Use Interpretation. It’s well worth checking out.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Interested in Graduate School?

The Lamar Dodd School of Art's Art History Society will present a Graduate School Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. in room S150 of the Dodd building. Panelists will be discussing their experiences leading up to and through graduate school.

The panel of speakers consists of: Dr. Nell Andrew, assistant professor of art in art history; Michael Kemling, doctoral candidate in art history; Brian Hitselberger, 2010 MFA in drawing and painting; Kathryn Hall, second-year master’s student in art history; Kristina Stoll, first-year master’s student in art history.

A free reception will follow outside the auditorium.

GMOA Receives SEMC Awards!

Last week, the Georgia Museum of Art won nine awards at the Southeastern Museums Conference annual meeting in Baton Rouge, La. This unprecedented number of honors included an Award of Excellence for the exhibition “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection,” as well as a number of other publications, some of which were also related to the exhibition.

GMOA received a Gold in the Books and Catalogues category for its hardcover “Lord Love You” exhibition catalogue. Golds were also awarded for the exhibition’s rack card and poster, and the opening reception invitation received an Honorable Mention.

Other publication awards included a Silver for “The South in Black and White: The Graphic Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939–1946” and an Honorable Mention for the “Corpus of Early Italian Paintings in the North American Public Collections: The South.” An Honorable Mention was also given to the museum’s 2008-2009 Annual Report.

A full news release about the SEMC awards can be found on our website.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Art Around Athens

Check out the artist's website here.

Slotin Folk Art Auction

The Slotin Folk Art Auction has been pushed back a week due to an overwhelming number of last-minute consignments. It is now taking place on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, at the Historic Buford Hall in Buford, Ga.

On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., lots 1 through 725 will be auctioned off. The remaining lots (726 through 1137) will be auctioned off on Sunday beginning at noon.

This event consists of 1,200 amazing lots of self-taught art, southern folk pottery, outsider art, African American quilts and decorative arts, circus objects, religious art, furniture, canes, international art, photography, environmental works, Appalachian art, Native American pieces, Jewish art, art from the Civil Rights struggle, erotic art, industrial molds, antique anonymous folk art and new discoveries.

A color catalogue of the lots, along with an absentee bid form, is located, in PDF form, online.

For more information, call 770.532.1115 or 404.403.4244 GAL #2864 or send a message to or

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tonight: You, Me and the Bus Art Rocks!

Ever notice that several of the bus stops around Athens are a bit more than your average steel and plexiglass structures? You’re witnessing the results of a national design competition by the name of “You, Me and the Bus Art Rocks!” Tonight, the Athens Area Arts Council (on which GMOA participates) invites you to celebrate the installation of four new bus shelters with specialty cakes, punch, arts and crafts and bus tours.

The Athens Area Art Council, in partnership with Athens-Clarke County and Athens Transit, began this project with the aim of decorating Athens’ streets with unique works of public art that pay tribute to the Athens music scene while also serving a functional purpose. To see the eight new winning designs chosen for round two as well as the four existing bus shelters and their locations, please click here.

The reception and ribbon cutting will be held tonight, October 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lyndon House Arts Center. Bus tours depart every half hour, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the designs. This event is free and open to the public.

Don’t miss out!

Couched in Material Culture

This month the Georgia Museum of Art will present an exhibition of 19th century Georgia-made chairs at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, GA. Organized by GMOA’s own Dale Couch, Adjunct Curator, Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, “Echoes from the Continent: Franco-Germanic Chairs in Georgia” explores the abiding influences of French and German furniture-making techniques and styles on southern American furniture, in particular on chairs crafted by Georgia artists.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts will hold its Seventh Biennial Annual Conference on American Culture at the MMCC from October 28 to 30. Couch will present along with a several other curators and professors of art history and American studies. Dr. Bernard Herman, professor of American studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will give the keynote address. Conference schedule and further information is available on MESDA’s website.

The exhibition and the conference are wonderful opportunities for lovers of the decorative arts in the Southeast to enjoy and learn more about Georgia’s important contributions to the form and the history embedded in the structure of each and every beautiful piece. The exhibition opens this Friday and runs through January.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Latin American Film Series Continues

Image courtesy of Old Dog Documentaries, Inc.

The Latin American Film Series continues tonight at 7 p.m. with "Birdsong and Coffee: A Wake Up Call" at the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium. The discussant is Ben Myers, the owner of 1000 Faces Coffee. The documentary explores the economic and environmental connections between farmers, coffee drinkers in the U.S. and songbirds in the Americas. The film series is sponsored by GMOA, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, the department of Romance languages and the Athens-Clarke County Library in support of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ansel Adams: A Legacy

The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., is currently hosting "Ansel Adams: A Legacy." Adams (1902-1984), a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, is best known for his striking images of Yosemite National Park and the wilderness of California and Alaska.

From an early age, Adams enjoyed time spent in nature. As a passionate environmentalist, he became a member of the Sierra Club in 1919, and it was through this club that his photography career grew. Adams’s photographs appeared in the club’s 1922 Bulletin, and his first one-man exhibition was held at the club’s San Francisco headquarters.

This exhibition includes more than 100 original photographs spanning the artist’s career and will be on view through February 20, 2011.

For more information about the exhibition, check out this article in "With a Southern Twist," or visit the Booth Western Museum website, and for background information on the artist, click here.

Image from the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Not Extinct Yet - Matt's At It Again

Barney, that is, who some might say is as big and purple (think prose) as the dinosaur of the same name, making some as happy as others are annoyed. Whether art genius or art hooligan, Matthew Barney definitely gets your attention (even before he married alt-rock megastar Björk). His latest, currently unfolding project, “Ancient Evenings,” is a series of seven one-time-only performances.

These performances take place at various sites. The first, “Blood of Two,” took place in June of 2009 on a Greek island for the opening of the Deste Foundation art space there. The collaboration with artist Elizabeth Peyton involved goats, the preserved carcass of a shark, and a glass sarcophagus sealing up books and other artifacts that had been submerged in the sea for months. The shark was thrown on top of the sarcophagus after its retrieval from the water and carried funereal-style into the gallery. It was much more involved than this, of course, and you can read Linda Yablonsky’s Art Forum report on the proceedings here.

The second, “Khu,” created in collaboration with music composer Jonathan Bepler (who previously worked with Barney on the music for his “Cremaster” films) took place on October 2, 2010 in Detroit. An eight-hour-long extravaganza whose crime mystery narrative involves double-amputee Aimee Mullins as a blond Isis whose fragmented and strewn Osiris is a beat up Chrysler (at one point she has sex with his engine block), gold lamé-ladden mountain climbers, and fire-breathing silos, among other wonders I can’t begin to describe (including rain; it’s uncertain whether Barney was able to arrange that particular detail or not), not having seen them, myself. If you want to read Yablonsky’s firsthand account, click on this link.

Barney’s at it again, and he’s as grandiose and extravagant as any giant purple dinosaur trundling through the streets of Tokyo (or Detroit) ever could be. His morbid postmodern merry-making will continue at five as-yet-undisclosed locations in New York. New Yorkers watch out (take that phrase as you will)—and be sure to bring your raincoats)!