Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center
In the Beitzel, Righter, and Project Galleries
June 30 – October 13, 2013
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Unlike other artistic practices, the palette of collage is infinite, utilizing sources from the quotidian to the precious. Collage is woven through the history of modern and contemporary art, and every material is permissible and ripe for reinterpretation. Collage artists reconstruct fragments from the “real” world into new realms that are simultaneously recognizable and wholly fantastical.
Remix features work created during the last 70 years by over 100 artists. It includes traditional forms of collage, and also presents unexpected approaches in a range of media. Exhibition themes include collage and the incorporation of text, collage as a form of social and political commentary, collage that challenges scale to spectacular effect, and collage in the digital age. Remix promises to expand and enrich public perceptions of this mutable medium.
Collage Art of Bryan Collier
In the Learning Center
June 30 – October 13, 2013
With a vibrant mix of watercolor and cut-paper images, picture book artist Bryan Collier creates important portraits celebrating the lives of historical figures such as Barack Obama, Booker T. Washington, and ex-slave John Parker. Collier’s striking images illustrate unforgettable stories of family love, a child’s pride in his home in Harlem, and the inspirational song “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Winner of numerous awards, this passionate artist turns life’s everyday experiences into memorable visual journeys.
Andrea Lilenthal: Six Ladders
In the Sculpture Garden
Through April 2014
Andrea Lilienthal’s bamboo ladders span a realm between reality and fantasy. Their functional forms are immediately recognizable, yet their unexplained presence and playful patterns suggest something more. The ladders lean against the Museum’s enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. Luscious colors wrap around the bamboo ladders like candy confections and their high-gloss surfaces contrast with the course-textured tree bark. Lilienthal’s ladders are not serviceable structures – their bottom rungs are too high to mount, and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations, which leads viewers to wonder “What are they being used for, and by whom?”
On the South Lawn
Through April, 2014
A pioneer in the resurgence of ceramic wood firing, Paul Chaleff is known for his colossal clay sculptures and vessels. Three large sculptural tiles positioned atop an outside wall complement Chaleff’s abstract sculpture set on the Museum’s front lawn. Stunning in scale, these ceramic pieces display a range of beautiful glazes.