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Explore “Art of Our Time” at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery
FOR RELEASE: August 14, 2011
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-626-2539
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College opens the fall arts season with “Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University,” from August 26 – October 14. This exhibition that features works of major artistic accomplishment from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum. The Ulrich built a collection of rare distinction with more than 7,000 modern and contemporary works of art.
This exhibition explores the sweep of artmaking during the past 100 years. From Robert Henri’s 1917 painting Gregorita with the Santa Clara Bowl to the expressive strokes of Robert Motherwell’s 1976 Les Caves No. 2 to the digital animation of Jeremy Blake’s 2001 video Mod Lang, the collection exhibition explores key artists, styles, and episodes. Photography is a particular collection strength, and stunning prints by Eugéne Atget, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith and Nan Goldin will be on view.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The Ulrich director and curator joined five guest authors to write texts on each of the artworks in the touring exhibition. Eager to mix literary and scholarly voices, the Ulrich involved creative writers, curators, and scholars in the writing.
“Art of Our Time” has been made possible through the generous support of Emprise Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsors include the Joan S. Beren Foundation, Edward and Helen Healy, Harry Pollak and Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel. Support has also been provided by Jon and Kelly Callen, Mike and Dee Michaelis, Jayne S. Milburn, Christine F. Paulsen-Polk and the Wichita State University Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.
August 26 Members Preview Reception. Be the first to view the exhibition at this elegant wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, from 5 to 7 p.m.
August 28 Opening Reception & Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Art of Our Time” exhibit followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
September 18 Sunday afternoon tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Art of Our Time” exhibition, at 3 p.m.
September 21 Lecture. “Art of Our Time” curator, Emily Stamey, will give a lecture entitled “Go Figure” at 7:30 p.m.
October 5 Seminar. Artist Ebby Malmgren and St. John’s tutor David Townsend will lead an exhibit-related seminar, “To Look, To See” at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556 to register.
October 6 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a tour of “Art of Our Time,” followed by a discussion of a related book, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Art of Our Time” exhibit from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Juice and sodas will be provided.