Megan Fontanella presents Young Picasso in Paris, July 18
Members $70 | Non-members $100
Huntsville, Ala. – On Tuesday, July 18, to celebrate the opening of A Graphic Journey: Prints by Pablo Picasso, presented by PNC Bank, the Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) welcomes Megan Fontanella, Curator of Modern Art and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the collection’s owner, Dr. Timothy Collins.
Fontanella has curated or co-organized over 30 exhibitions for Guggenheim’s constellation of museums in Bilbao, New York, Venice, and formerly Berlin, as well as developed shows abroad for the traveling exhibitions program. In her presentation, Young Picasso in Paris, Fontanella examines the artist’s initial forays into Paris as a young man and the impact of the contemporary subjects and styles he encountered there.
“The Picasso print exhibition is significant of its own accord, clearly,” said Christopher J. Madkour, HMA’s Executive Director. “That we’re able to present one of the world’s foremost experts on Picasso’s life, his works, muses, and his process, it becomes that much more of an immersive experience – particularly so in this case because his prints are less widely known and experienced. The Museum is grateful for the continuous, generous support of PNC.”
Throughout Pablo Picasso’s prolific artistic career, the artist pushed the boundaries of expression, making him one of the most influential artists today. A Graphic Journey marks the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death and celebrates the unparalleled significance the artist had on modern and contemporary art.
“As a national main street bank, PNC strongly supports the communities where we live and work,” said Nick Willis, PNC regional president for Greater Alabama. “We are delighted to support this exhibit and the Huntsville Museum of Art as they continue to inspire imagination and make a lasting impact on our community.”
This exhibition features over 60 etchings, lithographs, and linocuts from The Dr. Timothy Collins Collection, Los Angeles, CA. Picasso made prints throughout his career – his first in 1899, when he was still a teenager; and his last in 1972 at the age of 90. Experimenting all the while, he produced over 2,400 prints in his life, changing the way we respond to printmaking as an artistic medium. Although well recognized for his abstract paintings, Picasso’s approach to printmaking was just as important to him as painting.
A Graphic Journey: Prints by Pablo Picasso will be displayed in the Huth, Boeing, and Salmon Galleries through October 15. To purchase tickets to the Lecture and Reception, please visit hsvmuseum.org.
A Graphic Journey: Prints by Pablo Picasso would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: PNC Bank
Champion Sponsor: The Jurenko Foundation
Gold Sponsors: Sally and Bob Arthur, IronMountain Solutions, Inc.
President’s Circle Sponsors: Parker Griffith Family Foundation, Patsy and John Shields, Connie and Rusty Stephenson
Artists’ Circle Sponsor: Jean and Jerre Penney
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures and musical presentations. Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings and other events.