Previous Exhibitions at Memorial Art Gallery
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GlassWear April 19–June 28, 2009 in the Grand Gallery
GlassWear celebrates the marriage of two of the richest and most inventive areas in today’s decorative arts—glass and jewelry. It features approximately 130 works by 60 leading contemporary artists from the United States, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Africa. Exploiting the inherent properties of glass—transparency, fluidity, sharpness, fragility and reflection—the objects are mysterious, sensuous, and colorful.
There is no better stage for this exciting work than Rochester. The School for American Crafts at RIT and artistic communities in nearby Corning and Alfred have placed Western New York on the map as an important hub for fine craft work. The exhibition was developed by the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City and the Jewelry Museum in Pforzheim, Germany, home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern jewelry.
Tradition in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs October 5, 2008–January 4, 2009
Tradition in Transition tells a story that has rarely been explored: that of the Russian icon or sacred devotional image during 300 years of Romanov rule (1613-1917). Seven hundred years of Russia’s isolation from the rest of the world came to a halt when Peter the Great commanded the construction of a new capital at St. Petersburg, on the Baltic shore. With this symbolic action, he opened a “window on the West.” The resulting influx of ideas, styles, fashions and ideologies altered the fabric of Russian society and profoundly influenced its most emblematic artistic expression: the religious icon.
Subverting the Sacred: The Face of Lenin October 5, 2008-January 4, 2009 in the Grand Gallery
Images of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, founder of the Russian Communist Party and first leader of the Soviet Union, permeated every aspect of Soviet society from his death in 1924 until the country’s breakup in 1991. Despite Lenin’s objections to any sort of cult behavior, religious or secular, his face—reproduced on traditional artworks and mass-produced objects alike—would become a "new icon" for the Soviet citizenry.
Organized by MAG, this companion show to Tradition in Transition brings together paintings, posters and artifacts collected by David Rittenhouse, a UR graduate and former member of the US Foreign Service.
CALLING EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD: AMERICAN WORLD WAR I POSTERS (Through January 21, 2007)
The United Stated government called upon the power of the poster to mobilize the country for entry into the Great War. Playing on cultural roles of gender and family and utilizing the power of symbols and personification, the posters of the First World War are striking works of art and propaganda. Dedicated to the memory of David Hochstein (1892-1918), violin prodigy after whom the Hochstein School was named; killed in the Battle of Argonne. For more information, visit http://mag.rochester.edu/exhibitions/index.html#WWIPosters
BEN-ZION: IN SEARCH OF ONESELF through December 23, 2006
"Ben-Zion: In Search of Oneself" traces the career of one of the artists in current major exhibition at MAG, My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900-1955.
MY AMERICA: ART FROM THE JEWISH MUSEUM COLLECTION, 1900-1955 (Through Sunday, December 24, 2006)
In the first decades of the 20th century, American Jewish artists enjoyed unprecedented freedoms, even as they faced harsh economic and political realities. Through paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures, this major traveling exhibition explores the reactions of a diverse group of artists during a period of social, political and intellectual upheaval. The 73 works are by such noted artists as Alfred Stieglitz, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer and Morris Louis. Some were born in the US, some came under the influence of European avant-garde influences while studying abroad, and still others were immigrants, particularly from Eastern Europe. For more information, visit http://mag.rochester.edu/okeeffe/myamerica.html
GEORGIA O'KEEFFE: COLOR & CONSERVATION (Through Sunday, December 31, 2006)
The Memorial Art Gallery is the only northeast venue—and the last stop—for an extraordinary exhibition of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s the first O’Keeffe exhibition ever in Rochester, where it also includes photographs of the artist on loan from George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. It’s also the first exhibition ever to focus on O’Keeffe’s painstaking choice of color, her studio methods and her involvement in conservation issues. Don’t miss the opportunity to see 27 rarely-seen oil paintings and pastels—among them landscapes, flowers, still-lifes and abstractions—from all periods of O’Keeffe’s prodigious career. For ticket information visit http://mag.rochester.edu/okeeffe.