Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9:00am
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 12:00am
2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Defoe’s groundbreaking novel, Robinson Crusoe. Through the display of early editions of Robinson Crusoe, other writings by Daniel Defoe, and works on natural history, navigation, and other sources from the 18th century, this exhibit looks at the world of this well-known novel. Often abridged for a juvenile audience, the central themes and conflicts of Defoe’s timeless novel (mutiny, castaways, and survival) have been revisited by countless authors in a multitude of formats.
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00pm
World War II was the largest and deadliest war in history. England alone was home to almost 30 military airfields. What was it like growing up in an England that was covered in airbases and focused solely on the war effort? Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) was not quite nine years old when the War shattered the calm of her English countryside home. Raised near an airbase in Suffolk, she experienced horses and birds of prey side-by-side with crashing airplanes and machine gun fire. These birds of prey would feature prominently in the prints she created throughout her career. According to Frink she “used birds as a vehicle for all sorts of aggressive forms… They became likes bits of shrapnel and flight things, you know, with very sharp beaks”. The prints featured in the exhibition Elisabeth Frink: Mountain Hawks & Other Creatures, represent a period in Frink’s work, starting in the mid-1960s, when her tone began to shift away from the chaos of her earlier work - work that was born out of the War’s immediate impact on her - to focus on her deepening concern for the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Elisabeth Frink: Mountain Hawks & Other Creatures continues until May 24, 2019 in the Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM – 10 PM. Image credit: Elisabeth Frink, Peregrine Falcon, from the series Birds of Prey, 1974, etching, aquatint, and lithograph on paper.
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00pm
“They always say that the photographer is a hunter of images. Really, we are fishermen with hooks and lines.”—Robert Doisneau Considered one of France’s great 20th century photographers, Robert Doisneau (1922-1994) created an archive of 450,000 original negatives by the time of his death. Alongside other noteworthies like Brassaï and Édouard Boubat, Doisneau illuminated the humanity of Parisians struggling to resume everyday life in the aftermath of World War II. Although he began taking pictures at the age of sixteen, Doisneau’s natural shyness led him to prefer shooting objects instead of people. Eventually, he would turn this to his advantage, using the invisibility of the photographer to uncover the poetry of the streets, which would become his lifelong subject. Through surreal and humorous juxtapositions, Doisneau revealed the warmth of city life all around him. As World War II threw Paris into disarray, Doisneau was drafted into the Resistance as a soldier and a photographer, capturing the occupation and liberation of Paris. Perhaps his most famous picture, Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville (The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), 1950—included in the current exhibition—distilled the romance of the city in the post-war era. His freelance photography appeared in the pages of Life and Vogue, and his work continues to be shown and celebrated today internationally. Robert Doisneau: Paris After The War continues until May 24, 2019 in the Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall on the 4th floor. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM – 10 PM. Image credit: Robert Doisneau, Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1950, gelatin silver prints
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 10:00pm
In 1966, James Brown sang “It’s a man’s world!” Over the past year that statement has been shaken to its knees. Feminism, women’s rights, and women’s stories are front and center in the United States and across the world. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have empowered women to continue speaking up about issues of sexual harassment and assault. A record number of women are running for political office, and – although much work remains to be done – women are and being celebrated in every field imaginable. In printmaking, The Future Is Female, but so is the past. With or without the visibility they deserve, women artists have engaged the art of printmaking from the beginning. Requiring technical mastery, physical strength, and stamina, printmaking—or the art of producing multiple images or impressions from a single plate or matrix—has its origins in 8th century Japan where designs were rubbed onto paper from wooden blocks. By the 15th century in Europe, the availability of inexpensive paper and the invention of the printing press led to a proliferation of printed images in a variety of techniques. The second half of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of interest in the creative potential of printmaking methods such as etching, engraving, lithography, woodcut, and silkscreen among others. Today, women artists continue to use these various techniques to tell their stories, exploring themes such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and/or economic class. This exhibition highlights contemporary women artists in the LUAG Teaching Museum permanent collection, including Faith Ringgold, Janet Fish, Maud Morgan, Matsubara Naoko, Françoise Gilot, Nancy Spero, Marisol Escobar, Bridget Riley, Carmen Herrera, Belkis Ayón, and Käthe Kollwitz. Exhibition hours are Monday – Friday 8 AM – 10 PM and Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM. Image Detail: Audrey Flack, Ecstasy of St. Theresa, 2013, Digital Print ans Serigraph on Paper