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.
Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters
Through June 11
The Down Home exhibition features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. The Huntsville Museum of Art’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South.
Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely of found objects to create figurative sculptures. Jim’s whimsical portrait of a lion titled Rare, Please is created with re-purposed kitchen utensils that are transformed so the viewer can experience them in a brand new way. Mary’s wall sculpture Searcher might initially appear humorous, but the artist infuses her assemblage with heartfelt emotion, assembling the word from cast-off furniture parts, aged metals and hardware to comment on aspects of birth and parenting.
Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibition highlights include quintessentially Southern images by photographers Nick Gruenberg and Chip Cooper; a series of regionally-inspired prints by Laquita Thomson; a nostalgic mixed media work by Sloane Bibb; and the outsider sculpture of Daniel Troppy.