Exhibits Nationwide - September 2017
Denver Art Museum
“The Western An Epic in Art and in Film”
Closing soon: Through September 10, 2017
This exhibit is billed as the first of its kind: one that explores depictions of the American West, from the mid-1800s to the present, through art, film, and popular culture. Featuring the works of a wide variety of artists, including paintings by perennial favorites such as Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, the exhibit also displays works by authors, filmmakers, and historical luminaries. Presenting more than 160 works, the exhibition offers an unusually broad and varied take on the enduring myth of the American West. The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Grand Canyon Grandeur”
Through December 31, 2017
This exhibit, on loan from the A.P. Hays Collection, includes 100 striking and historically important depictions of the Grand Canyon, long considered one of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. With images dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, the show includes oil paintings, watercolors, and prints. The artists represented in the exhibit are varied and since it spans a one-hundred-year period, it offers viewers the chance to see the different approaches and stylistic trends of that time, ranging from naturalism, impressionism, and abstraction. Highlights of the collection are works by Thomas Moran, Eanger Irving Couse, Gustave Baumann, and Gunnar Widforss.
“Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection”
Opening September 16, 2017 and ongoing
Spanning some six centuries, the exhibition explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Featuring more than 65 ceramic vessels, the exhibit displays both historical and contemporary masterworks, including 18 ceramics by Nampeyo of Hano, the most famous of the Hopi potters. Among the twenty-two other master potters in the exhibition are Nampeyo’s daughters and descendants. The exhibition on display represents about half of The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, which was gifted to the museum and will be permanently featured in a new museum gallery, The Allan and Judith Cooke Gallery.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
“Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950”
Through October 1, 2017
Mexico is in the spotlight at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950," an exhibit promoted as “unprecedented for its breadth and variety.” The exhibit traces the development of modern art in Mexico and how it reflects the social, political, and cultural forces of the first half of twentieth-century Mexico. Featuring some 175 works, the exhibit includes prints, photographs, books, newspapers, easel paintings, large-scale portable murals, and mural fragments. Represented in the exhibit are both the well-known and lesser-known artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and Miguel Covarrubias. Of special note are three historical murals by los tres grandes (“the three great ones”)—Orozco, Rivera, and Siqueiros—that the museum is presenting digitally and projected in the galleries.
Cleveland Museum of Art
“From Rags to Riches: American Photography in the Depression”
Through December 31, 2017
The Great Depression, a time of upheaval and tremendous hardship, witnessed the growth of documentary photography. This exhibit, pulled from the museum’s collection of early twentieth-century photography, is a showcase for works by photographers who lifted the form to new heights, such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. And beyond the journalistic, documentary photography, the exhibit also includes portraiture, advertising photographs, (noting that Life magazine started in 1936—during the Depression’s worst year) and works by modernists who used photography to express a more personal vision and even abstraction. Among the modernists featured are photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Alfred Stieglitz.
Booth Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
“Ansel Adams: The Masterworks”
Through October 29, 2017
The Booth Museum has opened a new gallery, Picturing America, in which to showcase significant photography. To kick off the opening of this gallery, the museum has put together an exhibit: “Ansel Adams: The Masterworks.” Comprising thirty photographs from an edition that Adams created and titled, "The Museum Set," all of the images were selected, printed, and signed by the photographer, and were loaned from the personal collection of Ansel Adams’s granddaughter.
“Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present”
Through October 8, 2017
The Four Corners area of the American West is the feature of this exhibit. The show was inspired by paintings created by artists famous for their depictions of the red rock landscape: Maynard Dixon and Edgar A. Payne. Using these images as a starting point, the exhibit presents a variety of historical and present-day examples, including works by contemporary masters of the genre, G. Russell Case, Denise LaRue Mahlke, Ray Roberts, and Matt Read Smith.