Exhibition schedule 2013
Julie Blackmon: The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home
September 14, 2013 - January 19, 2014
Spratlen & Eldrege Galleries
- Opening Reception, hosted by SMMA|Friday, September 13, 2013 (5:30-7:00 PM)
- Artist Talk|Thursday, October 17, 2013 (5:30 PM)
This exhibit will present over 15 large-scale photographs by local Springfield artist Julie Blackmon. Blackmon creates photographs of her family's everyday life at home. In this body of work, Blackmon says she has “continued to look at family life—my own—as well as the lives of my siblings and their children in a way that explores the simultaneous interactions of stress, chaos, charm, and grace that make up our daily lives at home. These are imaginary scenes. I relate to Fellini when he said,'The things that are most real to me are the ones I invented...even lies are interesting, eloquent, and revealing just as much as what is considered the truth.' By looking at family life through my own fantastical perspective, I have attempted to tell the truth about our lives in the most honest way I know how.”
Pictured above: Julie Blackmon, Portrait, photograph.
30th Anniversary Exhibition of the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum
September 28, 2013 - March 16, 2014
Weisel & Kelly Galleries
- Opening Reception, hosted by FOSAM|Friday, September 27, 2013 (5:30-7:00 PM)
This exhibit celebrates and commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FoSAM). FoSAM has been an integral support group for the Museum contributing funds for scholarships, various building projects, as well as numerous acquisitions over the years. This exhibit assembles all of those acquisitions – roughly fifty paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures - representing the full extent of the group’s 30 years of contributions to the Museum’s permanent collection. Purchased primarily from the Museum’s numerous juried exhibitions, the exhibit will include work by Robert Kipniss, Alison Saar, Rodney Frew, and Robert E. Smith.
Pictured: Jim Hubbman, In the Garden of Earthly Delights, 2006, watercolor on paper. FoSAM Purchase for the Permanent Collection – Watercolor U.S.A. 2007.
American Abstraction: Watercolors from the Permanent Collection
September 7, 2013
Watercolor is a uniquely challenging medium, known for its unpredictability. The accomplished watercolorist must learn to take advantage of unexpected results and to embrace spontaneity. This makes the medium ideally suited for painting abstractly, where chance and improvisation are nearly as important as color, line, and form.
Though contemporary watercolorists have overwhelmingly shifted toward a crisp, realist style, a notable contingency of painters still work abstractly in the medium. Artists such as Paul Jenkins and Lawrence Goldsmith began to relinquish the tight control mastered by the Photorealists, preferring to work in bold, colorfully expressive washes. Sam Francis applied the stylistic and psychological tenets of Abstract Expressionism – all-over painting, lack of perspective, and automatism – to watercolor, with splatters and drips intended to uncover the expressions of the unconscious mind.
This exhibition is the first in a series, focusing on various artists, styles and trends, pulled exclusively from the Springfield Art Museum’s outstanding collection of contemporary American aquamedia.
Pictured: Sam Francis, Untitled, 1973, acrylic on paper.
The Dissolute Household
September 6, 2013
The Dissolute Household examines the long tradition of artists depicting dysfunctional, messy and frenzied family life. This convention can betraced back to 17th century Dutch painter Jan Steen, who was noted for his paintings of cluttered, chaotic households where tables areoverturned, wine is flowing and dishes are left dirty on the floor. This exhibit will explore a variety of work by artists in the permanent collection whose concern with the messier qualities of daily life continue to redefine the term "dysfunctional family" through imagined and sometimes nightmarish visions of domestic life gone awry.
The Dissolute Household will serve as a complement to Julie Blackmon’s photographs exhibited in The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home, whose work follows, in part, both the tradition of 17th century Dutch and Flemish genre scenes and the creation of fantastical domestic stories. Featured artists in this show include Margo Kren, Max Beckman and Brian Paulsen.
Pictured: Robert Barnum, Trailer Park Madonna, 2002, watercolor on paper.
Creating an American Identity
July 27, 2013 (Ongoing Permanent Installation)
Musgrave Wing Galleries
The Springfield Art Museum permanent collection contains over 9,000 works in a highly variegated range of media. The Museum has been collecting since its incorporation in 1928 with its very first work, a landscape by Philadelphia artist, Mary Butler. With this painting, the Museum inaugurated its collection with a predominant focus on American art from the 18th century onward; however, over the years and due to the increasingly diverse patronage of the Museum, the collection has broadened to include a variety of work spanning multiple time periods and cultures.
When viewed together, the diversity of the artwork in these galleries all hearken back to a single theme – the forging of an American character. Our history was built upon a foundation of plentiful land and the merging of multiple cultures. These key works represent a cross section of the collection, with a particular emphasis on the ways that they reflect our country’s history as it developed its own unique identity.
The exhibit will feature a reinstallation of the Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection and will include major works by George Caleb Bingham, Asher B. Durand, Jackson Pollock, Grandma Moses, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Thiebaud, and Alison Saar.
Pictured: Mary Butler, The King, Isterdalen, Norway, early 20th century, oil on board.