Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection
May 15 – August 21, 2016
As the nation’s most culturally distinct region, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Many artists have chosen the medium of photography as a vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the region, because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality. Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection presents over 50 photographs selected from the Museum’s permanent collection that underscore a variety of aspects of the region, and tell compelling stories about its unique people, places and traditions. Many were added to the collection in the 1980s and early 1990s, through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former museum director David Robb.
Within its collection, the Museum is fortunate to have large holdings of photographs by critically acclaimed artists like WQilliam Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Each artist presents a unique take on the people, places and traditions of the South. Other exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; Jame Morris’ image of rampant kudzu engulfing everything in its path; and three different takes on traditional African-American river baptisms by John Reese, Kathryn Tucker Windham and Caroline Davis. These and other works in Frozen in Place covey a multi-faceted vision of the place we call home.
Huntsville Photographic Society: 2016 Members’ Showcase
May 15 – August 21, 2016
Don’t miss this snapshot of Huntsville’s most talented photographers. The Huntsville Photographic Society (HPS) Members’ Showcase is an annual, juried exhibition of photographs by HPS members. This year’s exhibition includes 50 photographs, both color and black and white which range in subjects and styles.
HPS is an organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of photography in Huntsville and the surrounding area through informative programs, members contests, and special events.
Fashion and Folk Art
April 10 – June 26, 2016
Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history—there are no boundaries. In this spirit, the American Folk Art Museum invited thirteen emerging and established designers to creatively respond to its encompassing collections that are so expressive of the human experience in a wide variety of materials and mediums over three centuries.
The Museum’s collection offers piercing insights into personal narratives and artistic journeys, cultural trends, and historical moments. Each of the designers was presented with the unique opportunity to be moved by an artwork or group of artworks from the Museum’s collection and to translate this emotion into a wearable ensemble. The relationship between inspiration and creation was further enhanced through the installation of the designers’ ensembles alongside the artworks that influenced them.
The unusual collaboration between the fashion designers and the American Folk Art Museum reinforces the undeniable power of each art form as a vital visual expression. The rich variety of objects in the Museum’s collection, ranging from portraits, quilts and textiles, and the singular work of contemporary self-taught artists, resulted in creations as diverse, dazzling, and surprising as the artworks that inspired them.
For more about the individual designers, click HERE.
Julie and Bob Broadway
The Jurenko Foundation, The Olin B. King Foundation, Donny’s Diamond Gallery, Inc. – Donny Maleknia and Fatemeh Nazarieh, Carole Anne and Conway Ellers
William Christenberry: Time, Distance and Memory
March 13 – July 10, 2016
Growing up in Tuscaloosa, nationally-renowned artist and Alabama native William Christenberry spent each summer on his grandparents’ farm in rural Hale County. In 1960, he had a life-changing experience…he encountered the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and realized that his grandparents had known the poor sharecropper families whose lives were documented in it. Using a little Brownie camera, Christenberry took snapshots as visual references for the subjects he wanted to paint. He began using a large format camera in the late 1970s, which has enabled him, year after year, decade after decade, to record the effects of time’s passage on his beloved Black Belt region.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is fortunate to own a significant collection, donated anonymously in the 1980s, of more than 70 of Christenberry’s photographs. As a tribute to this early chronicler of Alabama, this exhibition features 33 photographs and one sculpture.
There will be a docent-led tour of Time, Distance, and Memory on Sunday, April 3, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The tour is free to museum members and is included in general admission for nonmembers.