Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum is celebrating their new exhibits by serving hors d’oeuvers and beverages Friday, September 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event and are encouraged to make it part of their First Friday activities.
Overview of the Exhibits
100 minus 5: Variations in the Art of Printmaking
This exhibit features a selection of prints that have been rarely seen and, in some cases, this is the first time they are on exhibit. There is a narrative that runs through the exhibition but it is not a story in the traditional sense. Instead of characters and settings, the story here is one of artistic concepts and movements. Although the art of printmaking is the over-arching plot, the characters are geometric abstraction, figurative studies, contemporary versions of Abstract Expressionism, contemporary Surrealism and the Post-Modern voice. The prints presented in this exhibition were created between 1965 and 2018, and represent a wide range of aesthetic values and formal considerations. Some of the artists utilize a minimalist idiom in the form of flat colors and shapes while others are utilizing non-traditional means to create impressions and convey meaning. Each of the prints represent the rich and exciting story of printmaking and the history of the Mulvane Art Museum’s collecting practices. This exhibit is located in the upper level, North Gallery.
Endangered Art: A Reprise
This is the second installment of endangered artworks from the permanent collection that require conservation. Further, the exhibition demonstrates the dramatic transformation of our recently conserved paintings, incorporating behind the scenes documentation of the conservation process, and presents new research generated as a result. Existing at the intersection of conservation and curatorial practice, this project serves to fulfill the Mulvane Art Museum’s mission, “to provide member of our community a museum where they can learn to think independently and critically about art.” Endangered Art engages the community on a personal level, and offers an opportunity for visitors and members of Washburn University to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the artwork as they receive conservation. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of local donors who have made the preservation of these pieces possible. This exhibit is located in the upper level, South Gallery.
This exhibition features 22 paintings from the private collection of Fred Whitehead. Artists Michael Young and Ian Young, father and son, have created the works based on literary works 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, respectively. Michael adapts and wields Marquez’s magical realist style with bravado, realizing the generations-spanning tale through controlled chaos. Teeming with the possibilities and problems of life in the South American town of Macondo, the series pours over you as if it were a fever dream, with romantic attention to the vibrant menagerie of Macondo’s inhabitants. Each scene in Ian’s series avails the senses with its tightly-packed constellation of neon symbols, sometimes literally taking the form of signage, while other times merely fluorescing, as in the comic-styled thought-bubbles of the images’ inhabitants. Young’s paper doll or toy-like renderings lead one to treat these figures less as human beings and more as human components of the larger scene, a move which closely mirrors the stance Brave New World’s institutions have taken toward humanity as a conditioned system more reminiscent of machinery than society. This exhibit is located in the lower level, North Gallery.
To Kiss the Sun
This exhibition is curated from the Rita Blitt legacy collection by Stevie Haley Delgado, Irwin Blitt Student Fellow 2018-19. This project is an examination of Rita Blitt’s interest in incorporating natural and atmospheric elements into her work; in particular, the reflection of light. Dancing Waters 1, 2001, for example, seems to embody the actual phenomena of light reflecting and refracting across a body of water. Throughout, Blitt’s gestural painting process and effective use of line creates a dynamic interplay of light and color. In the 1960’s, Blitt expanded her practice beyond the media of painting and drawing. She started manipulating acrylic sheets into three-dimensional forms that eventually transitioned into a mature body of sculptural work. Her early acrylic sculpture on view for this exhibition is intended to activate the gallery space and add to the visual rhythm of light and color. This exhibit is located in the Rita Blitt Gallery.
The Mulvane Art Museum is open Tuesday, 10 am to 7 pm; Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 1 to 4 pm; and closed on Sunday & Monday. The museum is free and open to the public.
The Mulvane Art Museum is located at 17th and Jewell Streets on the campus of Washburn University. “Endangered Art: A Reprise” is currently open and runs through September 28, 2019 in the Second Level South Gallery in the Mulvane Art Museum.
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