Exhibition Archive

Line Describing a Cone: Tri-State Juried Exhibition
January 18 - February 15, 2015

The definition of space is one of the fundamental features of visual representation in twentieth and twenty-first century art. From the oscillating layers of a Cézanne painting to the deep corridors of depth in a de Chirico work, artists have addressed the elements of three dimensions in various and often competing ways. Using film as light cutting through space, contemporary artist Anthony McCall’s work, Line Describing a Cone (1973) inspires this year’s theme; the piece is spatial and temporary, with light the primary medium giving form to an environment. Artists are invited to explore the meaning of space in their work, using whatever materials and expressive outlets they require. Representing space is but one potential feature; experiencing with works that proclaim their physical relationship to their environment another.


Explore Light, Line, and Shape
January 18 – February 15, 2015

The most basic elements of art can be transformed into amazing and unexpected things. Find out how you can play with light boxes, light projectors, and shadows. See how two-dimensional shapes can transform into three-dimensional shapes. Experiment with the qualities of color and line. Make a giant tape mural. Read together in the Reading Nook. In the Learning Center you can choose from a wide variety of activities and exploration boxes.


Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The striking duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty is on full display in Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, the exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords, daggers, and examples of early Japanese rifles. The exhibition also showcases a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude.

Lethal Beauty was curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Collection of the Clark Center, and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

1. Helmet in the form of a bear’s head, Momoyama period, late 16th century. Iron, lacquer, and silk. Courtesy of Private Collection. Photography by Forrest Cavale and ZacForrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.com

Ushio Shinohara
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Legendary Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara added drama and action to the opening of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor with a special performance in the garden on October 11 at 5 pm. At once a rumination on the creative process – in all its mental and physical dimensions – and a playful send-up of “action painting” a la Jackson Pollock, Shinohara’s performance operates on multiple levels, playing off themes of humor, endurance, and history. This "boxing-painting" is only the fourth Shinohara has ever created in the United States. Shinohara, whose work has traversed many styles and mediums, is a towering figure who has participated in some of the most significant moments of postwar art, passing through phases of Pop, performance, and Neo-Dada.


Antique Kimono from the Alexander Collection
October 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015

In addition to highlights of the Samurai epoch, an exhibition-within-the-exhibition focuses on exquisite kimono from the Alexander Murray Collection. Equal in splendor to the decidedly masculine samurai garments, kimono and the world of women’s fashion are elegantly portrayed in pieces ranging from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries. The ultimate in couture, each garment was exclusively designed, hand-dyed, painted, stitched, and embroidered to create a one-of-a-kind object.

Furisode, Edo period, approximately 1820 – 1840. Silk damask with embroidery, appliqué, and couching. Courtesy of the Alexander Collection
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