August 23 – October 12, 2014
Art can be many things to different people. Items in an art collection can take many shapes and forms from an 18th century oil painting or a piece of 21st century blown glass vase, to a 20th century piece of farm equipment or a 19th century etching. The Mitchell Gallery was founded 25 years ago with the mission to bring art and related educational programs to the St. John's College and surrounding communities. This exhibition celebrates the spirit of the Mitchell Gallery’s achievements which include accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in spring 2012.
Guest curators Jim Cheevers (senior curator at the United States Naval Academy Museum), Tom Dawson (Dawson Gallery), Joni Jones (director, Banneker-Douglass Museum) and Nadja Maril (writer, editor, and author) have selected works from private collections and historic houses in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County that span a wide range of tastes, styles, and periods.
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The Mitchell Gallery wishes to extend its sincere gratitude for the generosity of the Annapolis Collects lenders and curators James W. Cheevers, Thomas R. Dawson, Joni Jones, and Nadja Maril.
August 23 Members Preview Reception. Be the first to preview the “Annapolis Collects” exhibition at this elegant wine and hors d'oeuvres reception from 6 to 8 p.m. By invitation only. Become a member
September 7 Opening Reception & Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Annapolis Collects” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
September 17 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Annapolis Collects” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
September 28 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Annapolis Collects” exhibition at 3 p.m.
October 2 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Annapolis Collects” exhibition followed by a discussion of selections from The Proud Possessors: The Lives, Times and Tastes of Some Adventurous American Art Collectors, an examination of large scale art collecting in America in the late ‘50s, by Aline B. Saarinen from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.
October 5 Curators Panel and Discussion. Curators Jim Cheevers, Tom Dawson, Joni Jones, and Nadja Maril will discuss the exhibition from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall.
October 24 – December 12, 2014
This outstanding exhibition features 55 revolutionary woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), recording the scenic views along the famous "Eastern Road" that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. This popular series, known as the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, was published in 1833-1834 and established Hiroshige's reputation as the foremost artist of the topographical landscape.
Utagawa Hiroshige, Sixteenth Station: Yui, 1833-34,
from Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road, wood-block print, 1933.326.17/55
In 1832, Hiroshige journeyed along the historic Tokaido, visiting the fifty-three towns and villages that dotted the road, which provided lodging, refreshments, and souvenirs for travelers. The route was traveled frequently by merchants, religious pilgrims and tourists. Hiroshige stayed at these overnight stations and recorded numerous views of the surrounding landscape, towns and people.
Hiroshige was trained in the tradition of the ukiyo-e –"floating world"—wood-block print making. As a genre, landscape developed late in the ukiyo-e period and was greatly influenced by the prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido
is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Helena Foundation.
October 26 Opening Reception & Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Hiroshige” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
November 12 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Hiroshige” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
December 4 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Hiroshige” exhibition followed by a discussion of Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life, a collection of stories, anecdotes, essays, and journal entries by Lafcadio Hearn, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.
December 7 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Hiroshige” exhibition at 3 p.m.
January 15 – March 1, 2015
This exhibition of early 20th century and modern American Perceptual Realists focuses on a niche of American Realism begun, in part, by Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978), a student and contemporary of Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930). Though representing a cinematic array of genres, these artists share a similar process of working closely from the motif through experimentation and direct observation. With a few exceptions, most of these realist artists had been largely ignored for their importance, but are now recognized for the significance of their work and their contribution to the legacy of American art.
This exhibition is curated by Matt Klos,
with assistance from Lucinda Edinberg.
March 11 – April 19, 2015
This exhibition presents modernist works from the Baker Museum’s largest and most significant single collection, amassed by the late Ahmet Ertegün (St. John’s College, A44), the Turkish American musician and business man best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records.
Still Life (1944) by Suzy Frelinghuysen, oil and collage on board.
Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum. 2000.15.088.
Throughout his impressive career, Ertegün built an extraordinary collection of pre-1940 American abstract art that reflects his inimitable approach to assembling subjects and themes. Works by Werner Drewes, John Ferren, Vaclav Vytlacil, Dwinell Grant, Ilya Bolotowsky, Burgoyne Diller and Albert Swinden, among others, will be included.
This exhibition is organized and on loan from The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples
April 26 – May 10, 2015
This annual exhibition offers members of the St. John’s College community an opportunity to explore the visual arts. The result, a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and photographs, elegantly represents the artistic talent of the community.
May 21 – June 7, 2015
The Mitchell Gallery is pleased to present this all-county, juried, multi-media biennial exhibition of artists who live or work in Anne Arundel County. Works created in diverse media within the last two years will be on display and the exhibit will feature both two- and three-dimensional artwork. Erik H. Neal, director of the Academy Art Museum in Easton is the exhibition juror.
"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity."
- W.E.B. Du Bois