Jim Neel / Karen Graffeo
November 13, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Left: Jim Neel, Excavation, 2016, vitreous china, 12 x 36 x 48 inches; Right: Karen Graffeo, Bread, 2013, archival pigment print on exhibition fiber paper, 27 x 46 inches
Connections: Karen Graffeo/Jim Neel showcases two Birmingham artists whose work examines aspects of dislocation inequality, and injustice in marginalized societies. It is the fourth installment of the new Connections exhibition series which focuses on contemporary artists whose work is linked by subject matter and sensibility.
Graffeo’s documentary photographs present a compelling portrait of the inhabitants of Roma (Gypsy) refugee encampments, caravans, slums, and housing projects in Europe. Neel’s evocative ceramic sculptures address the horrific effects of war on children through over-sized and fragmented objects of childhood that appear to have been extracted from a disaster zone. The work of both stems from immersive firsthand experiences in Europe and the Middle East and seeks to bring deeper awareness to important humanitarian issues largely ignored by the West.
Neel’s sculpture, drawings and photography have appeared in regional and national exhibitions including the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, and the Alexandria Museum. As a freelance photojournalist, he covered the wars in Central America and life and death among the Serpent Handling Holiness of Southern Appalachia.
The Way We Were:
American Paintings from the Lowe Collection
October 30, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Join us for the public debut of a selection of striking works from this prominent local collection, focused early 20th century oil paintings and watercolors in the American realist tradition. Director of Curatorial Affairs Peter J. Baldaia considers the Lowe Collection “a true hidden treasure in Huntsville.”
Featured in the Chan Gallery will be approximately 30 accomplished landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits executed in the American Impressionist style by critically recognized artists of the period, including Emile Gruppe, Jane Peterson, Martha Walter, Guy Wiggins, and Mabel Woodward. Organized by HMA.
Exhibition Sponsors: Kathy and C.H. “Tony” Chan
2017 Gala Art Exhibition
February 26 – April 30, 2017
Huth, Boeing, Salmon, and Haws Galleries
The 2017 Gala Art Exhibition is an important and beneficial fundraiser for the Huntsville Museum of Art that presents nearly 200 artworks in a range of media and styles. The artwork is to be auctioned to the highest bidder during the annual Gala events. Click here for more information about the 26th Annual Gala. Organized by HMA.
Huth, Boeing, Salmon, Haws, and Chan Galleries
October 16, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Animation director and artist Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinct, memorable characters to the art of film animation. “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” is a new Smithsonian traveling exhibition that reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Explore the creative genius, influences and legacy of animation director and artist Chuck Jones through 23 animated films and more than 125 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Follow this link to see images from Craig Kausen’s visit to the Huntsville Museum of Art.
Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones’s grandson, discussed the inspirations and influences that affected and contributed to the creative genius of Chuck Jones, including his early childhood, attendance at Chouinard Art Institute, his time at Warner Bros. Animation Studio, the recognition of his peers (receiving multiple Academy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996), and the legacy and influence he engendered and left behind after his passing in 2002.
Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
September 11 – December 11, 2016
For decades popular culture has been fascinated by superheroes — their superhuman capabilities, their desire for truth and justice, and their ability to save the day. Their storylines have captivated many, and their images have become contemporary idols throughout the world. My Hero presents a rich array of work by over 50 international artists, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media and video, that celebrates and re-envisions the lives of iconic superheroes.
Opening Gallery Walk
Sunday, September 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
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June 26 – October 30, 2016
The latest exhibition in this long-standing showcase for outstanding regional contemporary art focuses on intriguing three-dimensional art of this emerging North Carolina artist. Farnsworth’s hand-carved figurative sculptures encapsulate the artist’s interests in character, story, craft, mechanics, composition, empathy, and social commentary. The artist sees his work as far more than sculpture – he fills his roles of architect, storyteller, cinematographer to construct detailed, immersive experiences that lead the viewer deep into a visual narrative. As he puts it, “I create lush, emotionally charged rabbit holes to fall into and explore.” Organized by HMA.
Over the Top:
American Posters from World War I
July 24 – October 16, 2016
During World War I, illustrated posters inspiring public support served as a primary mechanism of mass communication. Designed to rally Americans to the cause, these persuasive visual symbols employed bold graphics, strong imagery, and concise commands to inspire a sense of nationalism and pride. Imbued with iconic symbols like the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American flag, posters were installed throughout the country as prominent reminders of the need for support. Over the Top includes 44 original posters created by major American illustrators including J.C. Leyendecker, James Montegomery Flagg, and Howard Chandler Christy. The exhibition offers compelling perspectives on the American experience during this dramatic time in our nation’s history. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.
Member’s Preview Reception
Saturday, July 23, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Museum member tickets are free. Please click here to reserve your spot.
Non-member tickets are $25, and may be purchased by calling the Museum during our public hours at 256-535-4350. You may also leave a message on our Special Event Reservations line at extension 208, if it is after hours or no one is available to take your call.
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Exhibition Sponsors: Cynthia and Rey Almodovar, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon
Additional Support Provided by: The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild, and Gerry and Virgil Schaffer
Photographs by Barry Goldwater
July 10 – September 25, 2016
Through much of his life, Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was an accomplished amateur photographer. It was a hobby he took seriously and he managed, before his death, to leave behind more than 15,000 photographs – a legacy he called his “last will and testament to my love to the native state.” This exhibition features approximately 30 of his most iconic images of Western landscapes and Native Americans. Organized by HMA.
Lead Individual Sponsors
Linda Smith and Jean Wessel Templeton
Cynthia and Rey Almodovar, Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Madkour & Family, Bill Stender and Ellen Chorba
Additional Support Provided by
The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild, and The Goldwater Family Foundation
An American Romantic:
The Art of Luigi Lucioni
July 10 – September 25, 2016
American Scene artist Luigi Lucioni (1900-1988) was best known for his sharply observed paintings of Vermont hills, trees and houses, which earned him the title of that state’s painter laureate. He was also an accomplished still life and portrait artist, whose works were characterized by a sharply observed realism, precisely drawn forms and smooth paint surface. This exhibition presents approximately 75 paintings and prints drawn from institutional and private collections throughout the country. Organized by HMA.
Lead Individual Sponsors:
Linda Smith and Jean Wessel Templeton
Exhibition Sponsors: Sally and Robert Arthur, Alice Cheney, Jane and Pete Childs, Marty Childs, Betsy and Peter Lowe, Christopher J. Madkour, Bill McMillen, Rose Napolitano, Mrs. Linda Oskam, Signa Read, Barbara Riley, Libby Sturges, and Ruth Yates
Additional Support Provided by: Sharman Buechner Altshuler, Dinah Buechner, Rev. Fred and Judy Buechner, Susanne and Chris Davis, Helen Deeley, Dr. Stuart Embury, Kathleen and Doug Mariboe, Barbara Melhado, Charlotte Milan, Jennifer and Paul Silverman, Lila and Gill Silverman, The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, and The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild
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.
Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters
February 21 – June 11, 2016
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.
YAM 2016: Exhibition for Youth Art Month
March 13 – May 1, 2016
An annual gathering of exuberant artwork from North Alabama K-12 students, organized in observance of Youth Art Month. 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. Organized by HMA.
Aero Thermo Technology, Inc.
Cynthia and Rey Almodovar
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Alabama Alliance for Arts Education
Images of the Great War: The European Offenses, 1914-16 from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection
Huth, Boeing, Salmon, and Haws Galleries
August 9 – November 15, 2015
The Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University is the nation’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. This exhibition of original artworks commemorates the centenary of World War I, presenting 44 prints, drawings and watercolors by various artists depicting aspects of the first two years of the War. The visual material will be supplemented with associated historical artifacts borrowed from local military collections. A second exhibition, documenting the final two years of the war, will be presented in 2017. Organized by HMA and the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Connections: Diane Fox / Beauvais Lyons
June 27 – September 27, 2015
This new series is focused on regional contemporary artists with shared sensibilities. Featured are two critically acclaimed artists 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 (her husband) creates exquisitely crafted lithographs that parody the pedantic scientific prints of the nineteenth century and hint at new truths. Organized by HMA.
John James Audubon: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr.
March 22 – June 28, 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 presented 34 original Audubon prints which will ultimately be donated to the Huntsville Museum of Art’s permanent collection by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Told, Jr.
Kelly and Randy Schrimsher
Fuqua & Partners
Encounters: Dori DeCamillis
February 28 – June 14, 2015
Encounters: Dori DeCamillis was part of the long-standing Encounters series showcasing outstanding regional contemporary art. Focusing on a recent series of imaginary self-portraits, Birmingham painter Dori DeCamillis depicted 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 revealed human attributes that are universal. DeCamillis used 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.
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.
Proudly Supported by:
Alabama Tourism Department
The Olin B. King Foundation
The Jurenko Foundation
Jean Wessel Templeton
Dunagan Yates & Alison Plastic Surgery Center
Doris and Stan Minkinow
Dianne and Calame Sammons
Gerry and Virgil Schaffer
Peggy and Bob Serio
Jeanie and Bill Snoddy
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Al.com/The Huntsville Times/Alabama Media Group
Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art
Grandma Moses: Visions of America
November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Co-Curated by Galerie St. Etienne, New York
After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses visited HMA during the holiday season! In this presentation, the museum organized a one-gallery exhibition of 31 original paintings by this legendary American artist. These works were 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.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by
An Anonymous Grandma, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Pat and Gene Sapp, Betty Schonrock, Jean Wessel Templeton, Dr. Ruth Yates
Organized in cooperation with Galerie St. Etienne, New York.
Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star)
November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015
The 20th century French artist Georges Rouault is best known for his very colorful works that mimic the technique of stained glass. In addition to his paintings, he produced several important portfolios of prints, including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Star). The theme of the circus had always interested Rouault through its contrast of superficial brightness with the sadness of circus life. The images in this exhibition include color etchings and 19 wood engravings from the collection of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY.
South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass
October 5, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Organized in conjunction with Aesthetic Engineering, this invitational group exhibition showcases the work of seven noted American glass artists living and working in our region. The featured artists are 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. Organized by HMA.
Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering
October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Aesthetic Engineering presented a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series was 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.
South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass
October 5, 2014 – February 8, 2015
South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass was an invitational group exhibition organized by HMA to showcase the work of noted American glass artist living and working in our region. This exhibit was presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by the internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner, Ginny Ruffner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Che 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 ranged 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.
Janet Fish: Master of Light and Shadow
May 4 – July 27, 2014
Janet Fish: Master of Light and Shadow highlighted the career of this renowned American artist through 44 vibrant paintings executed between 1969 and 2008. This exhibition included key works borrowed from important institutional collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Fish is credited with invigorating the genre of still life, both by the energetic way she paints and the witty and often ironic combinations of objects that she depicts. Glass bowls overflowing with fruit, exotic vases filled with flowers, sumptuous rugs and textiles and a variety of flea market finds and appetizing treats are among the objects that are arranged and rendered in fluid strokes of intensely colored paint. Fish’s spirited works always succeed in delighting the eye and engaging the mind.
Organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art.
Al Hirschfeld: A Celebration of Hollywood and Broadway
May 30 – September 14, 2014
This show featured nearly 50 drawings and prints spanning Hirschfeld’s career. The exhibit highlighted 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 show was a lithograph of Marilyn Monroe’s famous sewer gate scene from The Seven Year Itch; Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, and a white haired Charlie Chaplin, drawn during a Hirschfeld interview in 1942. A sultry drawing of Sophia Loren entwined with Anthony Perkins from their 1962 film, Five Miles to Midnight also greeted 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, Pathe, 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 Grucho Marx from 2000. The Huntsville Museum of Art brings the best of Hirschfeld to Alabama.
Encounters: Rocio Rodriguez
January 25 – May 18, 2014
This longstanding regional art showcase continued with Atlanta artist Rocio Rodriguez’s signature abstract drawings and paintings that explore opposing and divergent forces, and function
Adrián Villeta: Romantic Portraitist
February 2 – May 4, 2014
Artist, author, actress and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt was the Guest curator of this exhibition featuring 39 photographs. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico , Villeta considers himself a portrait artist, more than simply a photographer, in the style of of the great masters of the genre such as British artist Julia Margaret Cameron and American artist John Singer Sargent. He combines painting with photography to capture in his work the grace and elegance of a bygone era, while celebrating the modern virtues of strength, independence and self confidence in his subjects.
Donato Giancola: From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond
November 16, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Considered one of the most popular and successful sci-fi/fantasy illustrator working today, renowned New York City artist Donato Giancola balances modern concepts with realism to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical art. From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond featured 60 paintings arranged thematically in four galleries, including Mythological and Contemporary Realism; Science-Fiction-themed works; images inspired by Tolkien’s Middle Earth; and Astronaut / Outer Space subjects, including a new space-themed painting created especially for Huntsville.
American Beauty: Highlights from the Wiginton Collection
October 19, 2013 – January 19, 2014
Selected late 19th and early 20th century landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes from this prominent Alabama collection, celebrating the unique beauty of our nation’s people and places. The exhibition included accomplished works by Theodore Earl Butler, William Merritt Chase, Edward Henry Potthast, Maurice Prendergast, Theodore Robinson, and many others.
Encounters: Cal Breed
October 5, 2013 – August 31, 2014
Alabama’s premiere glass artist Cal Breed creates a signature style of glass blowing by combining great artistry with technical performance. Breed designs his lines of glass – A Studio Series and A Signature Series – in his own Orbix Hot Glass studio in Fort Payne. Paying close attention to proportion, color, purity, and form, each design is chosen with specific intention to accentuate details in particular innate to glass.
Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press
August 3 – September 29, 2013
This exhibition presented 126 black-and-white photographic selections of all theaters of war and the homefront. The works were selected from more than 100,000 images in The Associated Press’ collection taken by staff and U.S. Armed Forces photographers, some of which had not been seen since the war. Arranged sequentially, these images told the history of WWII From the rise of Hitler and the invasion of Poland to the dropping of the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan.
Connections: Gary Chapman | Carolyn Sherer
May 18 – September 22, 2013
This exhibition was the second installment of the Connection series which is focused on regional contemporary artists with shared sensibilities. Gary Chapman and Carolyn Sherer are two critically acclaimed Alabama artists whose mixed media paintings and photographs address issues of gender identity and coming of age in the New Millennium. Chapman, a mixed-media painter, has taught painting and drawing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham since 1990 and Sherer, an independent photographer, works primarily as a documentary portraitist within thematic series.
In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows
November 5, 2011 – January 15, 2012
This exhibition featured seven iridescent stained glass windows, each representing a spectacular and unique angel. The windows, created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1902 for a Swedenborgian church in Cincinnati, Ohio, were displaced when the church was torn down in 1964 for highway construction. The rare windows were rediscovered almost 40 years later. The windows portray the angels of the early Christian churches of Asia Minor (in present-day Turkey) to whom letters are addressed in the Book of Revelation. Each full-length angel holds the gift that God promises if the churches reform their ways. The Swedenborgian faith is a Christian tradition, based on the writings of 18th century scientist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. A central theme of the denomination teaches that the purpose of human life is to prepare to live as angels in heaven. It also holds that angels are present and contribute to daily life on Earth, and “inwardly, a person is in company with angels, though unaware.”