Archive for Sunday, January 13, 2002

Spencer Museum of Art releases spring exhibition schedule

January 13, 2002


The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art has released its revised spring exhibition schedule. On the lineup are:

"Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Home from the Spanish Civil War by American Volunteers," Jan. 19-March 10.

Organized by the American Federation of Art, this exhibition features posters that alerted the Spanish population to the dangers of fascism. The works, which are displayed along with dramatic black-and-white photographs of the time, were brought home by American volunteers who fought on the Republican side of the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. Displayed in conjunction with the posters is the Pablo Picasso portfolio "The Dream and Lies of Franco" from the Spencer Museum collection. (See next Sunday's Journal-World for a longer story on this exhibit.)

"Tim Rollins/KOS and the Langston Hughes Project," Feb. 9-May 26.

Tim Rollins will be an artist in residence at the museum, collaborating with 24 at-risk Lawrence junior high students to create a work based on Hughes' writings. An opening reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

"Contemporary Ceramics East and West," Feb. 23-May 19.

A selection of contemporary Asian, European and American ceramics from the museum's collection that will examine major trends of the past 30 years. Major pieces by Beatrice Wood, Vic Muniz, Richard Notkin, Diego Romero and Sheldon Carey will be shown. The exhibition is in conjunction with the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts Conference scheduled March 13-16.

"Goltzius and the Third Dimension," March 30-May 19.

The exhibit of prints and bronze statuettes explores the relationship between the three-dimensional works of Delft sculptor Willem Danielsz van Tetrode and a selection of engravings and woodcuts by Haarlem printmaker Hendrick Goltzius. The prints in this exhibition date from around the 1580s.

"Amish Quilts 1880 to 1940 from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown," April 13-June 30.

The exhibition of 35 quilts offers stunning examples of quilts created by women from Amish settlements in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kansas and Ohio. The show provides an overview of the varied approaches to quilt making by quilters bound together by faith but separated by geography, economic status and the desire to either embrace the past or reach out to the future.

Exhibits held over from last semester are:

"Signs of Faith: Photographs from the Collection," extended to Feb. 3.

The nearly 50 photographs of architecture, devotional practices and objects in this exhibit incorporate aspects of Christian culture in Europe and North America. Some show a rarefied religious realm, while others show the blurred boundary between the sacred and the secular. The 19th- and 20th-century photographers include Berenice Abbott, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Diane Arbus, Gordon Parks and Andres Serrano.

"Form, Line, and Light: The Work of Shinoda Toko and Park Kwang Jean," through Feb. 24.

Japanese artist Shinoda Toko was trained as a calligrapher, and her work reveals a fundamental interest in form and the expressive qualities of line. Works by Korean artist Park Kwang Jean are from her Yin-Yang series exploring the nature of light and dark and of simple geometric forms.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

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