AMAM Fall 2016 exhibitions focus on concept of time


Staff Report



“Time” will be the focus of exhibitions, lectures, and other programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum during the 2016-2017 academic year.

WILDFIRE TEST PIT

King Sculpture Court, Aug. 30, 2016, to June 12, 2017

Questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion come to the fore in a site-specific installation by New York-based artist Fred Wilson. Using works primarily from the AMAM collection, Wilson makes juxtapositions that ask viewers to reconsider traditional social and historical narratives. Wilson returns the AMAM’s central gallery to its 1917 roots as a space for displaying classical sculpture, creating an illusory setting of ruin and redemption. By showing how history may be obscured and distorted through the passage of time, “Wildfire Test Pit” exposes biases in our perceptions of what and who should be remembered.

FRED WILSON: BLACK TO THE POWERS OF TEN

Ellen Johnson Gallery, Aug. 30, 2016, to June 12, 2017

Concepts of race, time, memory, and meaning are explored in a variety of mediums by New York-based artist Fred Wilson. When representing the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2003, Wilson began working with Murano glassmakers, reimagining their traditional forms — 18th-century mirror frames and chandeliers — in the color black. In addition to works of glass, “Fred Wilson: Black to the Powers of Ten” features recent paintings and sculpture that challenge our assumptions about history, culture, and display practices.

TIME WELL SPENT: ART AND TEMPORALITY

Ripin Gallery, through Dec. 23

Across many centuries and cultures, time is represented as a natural and unstoppable phenomenon; a mechanized concept to be tracked, saved, and encapsulated; and a malleable, sometimes mystical force that determines the very architecture of our cosmos. Works in this exhibition range from memento mori (reminders of death) and depictions of times of day to historical commemorations and geological and astronomical chronologies.

CONVERSATIONS: PAST AND PRESENT IN ASIA AND AMERICA

Stern Gallery, through May 21, 2017

This exhibition bridges wide temporal and cultural distances, linking the works of artists from China, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Canada. On view are paintings and calligraphy that reflect the legacy of the Chinese literati tradition, as well as contemporary ceramics that respond to East Asian ceramic styles. These “conversations” reference earlier traditions while infusing them with the artist’s contemporary reality.

(ANTI) CORPOREALITY: RECLAIMING AND RE-PRESENTING THE BLACK BODY

Education Hallway, through Dec. 23

Many artworks produced during the Atlantic slave trade disseminated and reinforced pro-slavery ideologies by attempting to reduce people of African ancestry to their corporeality. Contemporary artists Carrie Mae Weems, Burton Silverman, William E. Smith, and Margaret Burroughs, reclaim and re-present this dim period in history through prints and photographs of their own.

UPCOMING PUBLIC PROGRAMS

All programs are free.

• Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m.: Opening reception for fall exhibitions focusing on the concept of time. Artist Fred Wilson will be on hand for informal discussion about “Wildfire Test Pit,” as well as his works in the Ellen Johnson Gallery exhibition “Black to the Powers of Ten.” His acclaimed museum “interventions” often expose biases embedded within the history of art and material culture.

• Sundays at 2 p.m., starting Sept. 11: Sunday Object Talks.

• Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m.: Tuesday Tea with printmaker and painter Charles Ritchie, who will discuss time as a touchstone for his work, as seen in the exhibition “Time Well Spent: Art and Temporality.” Ritchie is an associate curator at the National Gallery of Art.

• Additional programs focusing on the concept of time will be held in October, November, and December.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Free educational or group guided tours may be arranged by calling 440-775-8671.

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Staff Report