Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering
October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art
South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass
October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015
South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel.
An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room.
Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante
November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015
The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY.
Grandma Moses: Visions of America
November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist. These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City.
One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives.
An elderly farmer and home-maker from upstate New York, Grandma Moses first came to public attention in 1940, at the age of 80. However, as interest declined for dozens of other artists discovered at about that time, Moses went on to ever wider renown- featured on the covers of Time and Life magazines, in the then-infant medium of television, in film, in bestselling books, and on millions of greeting cards.
Moses remained unaffected by all of the attention. When she died on December 13, 1961, at the age of 101, she had been a regular news feature for more than two decades and had completed more than 1,600 works of art.
Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Reception on Sunday, November 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. This event will be free to members and $10 for non-members. The reception will be hosted by the Women’s Guild.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by
Organized in cooperation with Galerie St. Etienne, New York.
Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting in Europe
February 15 – April 26, 2015
The economic growth that swept Europe during the 17th and 18th century fueled a golden age of painting. Religious upheavals transformed the way people thought about and utilized art. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in power. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience. This exhibition features more than 70 major works by master painters from the renowned collection of The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
Highlighting art from Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and England, this exhibit is comprised of brilliant portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes, and interpretations of classical antiquity. Highlights include “The Princes of the Church Adoring the Eucharist” by Rubens and “Portrait of a Forty-Year-Old Woman” by Rembrandt. Also on view are works by Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Hogarth, van Dyck, Teniers, Jordaens, Tournier, Ruisdael, Mignard,
Crespi, de Troy, Largillière, Boucher, Batoni, Panini and others. Some of these rare objects have never left Louisville since their acquisition by The Speed.
Members Preview Reception, Saturday, February 14, 6-8 pm
YAM 2015: Exhibition for Youth Art Month
March 15 – April 19, 2015
YAM is an annual gathering of exuberant artwork from North Alabama K-12 students, organized in observance of March’s Youth Art Month. YAM emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages public support for quality school art programs. Accompanied by the annual Visual Arts Achievement Exhibition, which presents the blue ribbon finalist artworks of middle and high school students in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, and the Teacher’s Biennial Art Exhibition.
Encounters: Dori DeCamillis
February 21 – June 14, 2015
The latest exhibition in this long-standing showcase for outstanding regional contemporary art focuses on a recent series of imaginary self-portraits by Birmingham painter Dori DeCamillis. Each work depicts a character in a private mythology designed to personify an individual piece of the artist’s personality, shedding light on her own foibles, aspirations, and secrets. The portraits also reveal human attributes that are universal. DeCamillis uses animals to symbolize various aspects of her personality, taking her cue from the many cultures and religions around the world in which animals represent ideas, deities and demons, and human traits. The titles of the works come from the sonnets of Shakespeare. Organized by HMA.
Opening Gallery Walk with Artist Saturday, February 21, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Celebrating Our Own: Huntsville Women Artists
May 3 – July 26, 2015
This invitational group exhibition showcases the exciting work being created by women artists living in the Huntsville area today. Celebrating Our Own will feature established and emerging artists working in a diverse range of styles and media. Organized by HMA.
Members Preview Reception, Saturday, May 2, 6-8 pm
John James Audubon: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr.
March 22 – June 27, 2015
In the early 1840s, renowned naturalist and painter John James Audubon decided to paint the animals of North America. Having achieved worldwide fame with his Birds of North America, he joined with his son, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Dr. John Bachman of Charleston to document the region’s quadrupeds. Like his birds, his quadrupeds are still considered the finest prints of their kind published in America. He eventually produced 150 folio drawings, hand colored and printed by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia. This exhibition presents approximately 25 original Audubon prints, lent from a major private collector of the artist’s work.
Connections: Diane Fox | Beauvais Lyons
June 27 – September 27, 2015
This new series is focused on regional contemporary artists with shared sensibilities.
This exhibit showcases critically acclaimed husband and wife artists Diane Fox and Beauvais Lyons from Knoxville, Tennessee, whose lithographs and photographs use animals as the key protagonists in their works. Fox’s black and white and color photographs document the artificial displays and stuffed animal specimens found in natural history museums worldwide, emphasizing their removal from the natural world. Lyons creates exquisitely crafted lithographs that parody the pedantic scientific prints of the nineteenth century and hint at new truths. Organized by HMA.
Images of the Great War:
The European Offenses, 1914-16 from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection
August 9 – November 15, 2015
From America’s foremost graphic and documentary resource of soldiers and soldiering, and one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military uniforms, comes an exhibition of original artworks commemorating the centenary of World War I. Images of the Great War presents 44 prints, drawings and watercolors by various artists depicting aspects of the first two years of the War. Visual material will be supplemented with associated historical artifacts borrowed from local military collections. Organized by HMA and the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI.