MAPPING: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art
Mapping goes far beyond geography in the hands of 38 contemporary artists who demonstrate a rich variety of aesthetic approaches. The 61 works include paintings, photographs, sculpture, works on paper, video, and a live web terminal. Many of the artists incorporate actual maps into their imagery while others emphasize the act of mapping itself. Still others explore new technologies like satellite imaging, the Internet, and specialized computer software. Themes are as varied as borders and boundaries, global culture, identity and colonialism, journeys—both real and imagined, memory and nostalgia, tourism and travel.
52 pages, 52 illustrations
Price: $20 members; $25 non-members
* The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater
In this exhibition, 13 artists filled the galleries with dramatic tableaux of puppets, props, and sets, from shadow puppets to marionettes, and from tiny toy theater to larger-than life whole-body puppets. The Art of Contemporary Puppet Theater showed how the ancient art of puppetry, devised for storytelling, can - in extraordinary new ways - also give expression to the invisible worlds of emotions and ideas.
The exhibition presented sophisticated and often daring work by today’s important puppeteers, painters, film, and media artists, including Eric Bass/Sandglass Theater, Janie Geiser, Liz Goldberg, Chris Green, Dan Hurlin, William Kentridge/Handspring Puppets, Ralph Lee, Mabou Mines, Roman Paska, Brian Selznick, Julie Taymor, and Hanne Tierney, with short films by Genevieve Anderson, Laura Heit, and Scott Shoemaker.
36 pages; 26 illustrations
Price: $15 members, $20 non-members
Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era
Based on an exhibition of the same name, this substantial book interweaves the art, the poetry, and the political history of a crucial decade in America’s past - the 1860s. Written by Kevin Sharp, curator of the exhibition, the book covers Walt Whitman’s years of caring for the wounded in Washington military hospitals and includes heartfelt poems he wrote about this experience.
Landscapes of the Hudson River School add to the book’s many colorful illustrations of paintings, historical photographs, prints, cartoons, and sculpture. A selection of Winslow Homer’s paintings, as well as etchings for Harper’s Weekly, depict the human side of the Civil War. Sensitive paintings and photographs show Abraham Lincoln through the years, as he takes on the ever increasing burdens of the Presidency. Among the many artists represented are genre painters Eastman Johnson, Enoch Perry Wood, William D. Washington, Thomas Waterman Wood, and Thomas Satterwhite Noble.
180 pp; 102 illustrations
Price: $40 members, $50 non-members
* Dress Codes: Clothing as Metaphor
This exhibition includes the work of a growing number of international artists who, since the 1990s, have used clothing in conceptual ways to explore ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, globalization, war, and violence.
The sculptures and installations in Dress Codes were at turns serious, satirical, amazing, and beautiful. Although some of the artists used clothing as a medium, others chose such unusual materials as buttons, doilies, plastic scraps, shoes, and dollar bills. Curator Barbara Bloemink’s catalogue essay decodes their sometimes subtle messages.
32 pages, 21 full-page color illustrations
Price: $10 members, $15 non-members
Lichtenstein in Process
This exhibition presented 65 works on paper and board, offering a rare glimpse into Lichtenstein’s step-by-step artistic choices. These works from the 1980s and 90s displayed Lichtenstein's signature use of primary colors, Benday dots, slanting stripes, and heavy black outlines.
Like the exhibition, the catalogue follows the artist's creative process from sketchbook to drawing to large color collage. Avis Berman, who directed the oral history program of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, has compiled excerpts from interviews with Lichtenstein and his assistants. Photos of the artist at work animate the text.
44 pages; over 50 color illustrations; 10 photographs
Price: $15 members, $20 non-members