The Red Clay Survey: 2014 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art
Through October 26, 2014
Initiated in 1988, the Red Clay Survey is a recurring juried exhibition open to established and emerging artists in 11 Southern states. The Survey “takes the pulse” of current art through a selection of works determined by a juror with strong national credentials. This year’s juror is painter and educator Susanna Coffey of New York City.
The series intends to recognize and encourage excellence, and provide a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive exhibition catalogue.
Docent-led Public Tour
October 26 at 2 p.m.
Al Hirschfeld: A Celebration of Hollywood and Broadway
Through September 14, 2014
This show features nearly 50 drawings and prints spanning Hirschfeld’s career and gather together icons from the Great White Way and the Silver Screen including John Wayne, Carol Channing, Richard Burton, Zero Mostel, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, and Marlon Brando.
Among the art in this new show is a lithograph of Marilyn Monroe’s famous sewer grate scene from The Seven Year Itch; Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, and a white haired Charlie Chaplin, drawn fduring a Hirschfeld interview in 1942. A sultry drawing of Sophia Loren entwined with Anthony Perkins from their 1962 film, Five Miles To Midnight also greets visitors to the exhibition.
The name Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with Broadway since his first theatrical drawing was published in December 1926. But by then, he was a six-year veteran of movie studio publicity and art departments, having already worked for Goldwyn, Universal, Pathé, Selznick, Fox, First National, and Warner Brothers. This exhibition highlights his contributions to both the theater and film worlds. “Hirschfeld was the court artist for all the performing arts,” says David Leopold, Archivist of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, “but he drew more of Broadway and Hollywood than anything else…or anyone else.
Hirschfeld’s depictions of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof in this exhibition, capture two high water marks on Broadway, but the show also includes drawings featuring the Lunts, Jimmy Durante, Ethel Merman, and playwright Arthur Miller, “so no one will go home unhappy,” says Leopold.
The artwork covers a staggering 71 years of popular culture in America, from an autographed drawing of vaudeville comedian Billy B. Van from 1929 to a gouache painting of Groucho Marx from 2000. The Huntsville Museum of Art brings the best of Hirschfeld to Alabama.
Docent-led Public Tour
September 14 at 2 p.m.
Museum Academy Instructors’ Exhibition
Through February 15, 2015
More than 25 Academy instructors share their talents and creativity with students young and old during the Museum’s art classes held throughout the year. Soon it will be time to celebrate their abilities with works the instructors themselves have created! The free exhibition will be displayed in the Prozan Gallery.