This season, SCAD is presenting a number of major exhibitions at all of its locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France.
Organized by the SCAD exhibitions department, which is overseen by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD executive director of exhibitions, the 2012 schedule includes exhibitions of work by major international contemporary artists with a diverse range of practices.
These exhibitions include late 19th- and early 20th-century works from the SCAD Museum of Art's Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, cutting-edge contemporary art, as well as fashion and design.
Exhibition highlights include:
These shows have been organized to provide SCAD students and professors with direct access to work by some of the most influential artists and designers working today.
In Singular-Plural, Guatemalan-born artist Dario Escobar has created a series of re-worked industrial objects and works on paper that highlight form, function and concept. Much of Escobar's work references the idea of individuality by underscoring the role it plays in the building of a collective. In this exhibition, Escobar has pulled everyday objects - such as a skateboard, a book, or a baseball bat - from the world of the mass produced into the sphere of fine art through his use of appropriation, accumulation and repetition.
Looking Back to the Future: Ralph Rucci Evolved is an exhibition of designs by Ralph Rucci, the 2012 recipient of SCAD's André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. The exhibition features 27 looks that span Rucci's designs from 2004-12, including couture from his Chado Ralph Rucci fashion line.
Curated by SCAD's chief curator, Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., Heaven or Las Vegas features Chilean artist Iván Navarro's series of floor pieces and wall sculptures formed from mirrors and neon lights with designs based on the floor plans of 12 of the world's most important skyscrapers, including the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Lotte World Tower in Busan, and New York's Twin Towers. These buildings were selected not only for their ambitious innovations in design and engineering, but also to reflect upon the historical paradigm of the global spread of Western architecture.
The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton is a multimedia exhibition that celebrates the unique and dynamic collaboration between fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, his model and muse Peggy Moffitt, and Moffitt's late husband the photographer William Claxton, who created the distinctive images of Moffitt activating Gernreich's designs.
The exhibition features selected looks from Moffitt's collection, with films and photographs by Claxton of Moffitt modeling the clothes. Gernreich, Moffitt and Claxton were central figures in the Los Angeles art community in the 1960s and '70s, and were known for their friendships and collaborations with other artists.
Reveal the secrets that you seek introduces a selection of new work from artist Bharti Kher. This installation explores themes of transformation and alternative realities, humanity and nature, and male and female energies in flux. The title work, Reveal the secrets that you seek, is composed of 27 mirrors that have been shattered then reconstructed. The resulting fragmented reflections of the exhibition's visitors become a vital part of the work. A second large-scale installation, A line through space and time, presents a 17-foot-long staircase splashed with red paint and other elements that run from the gallery floor to ceiling.
In Figures, pioneering American artist Lynda Benglis presents four new large-scale wall hangings. The cast aluminum works defy categorization and represent Benglis' continued interest in blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture and the coalescing of form and content. These abstract works appear simultaneously delicate and robust, as they evoke the human form and gestures of the body.
Pose/Re-Pose: Figurative Works Then and Now features a dialogue between works from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art and contemporary African American artists who utilize the body as primary focus. In presenting acclaimed artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas and Robert Scott Duncanson, alongside contemporary artists such as Radcliffe Bailey, Loretta Lux, Youssef Nabil and Claudette Schreuders, this exhibition explores the lineage of figurative art across generations and media. This exhibition was co-curated by SCAD's chief and senior curators Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., and Melissa Messina.
Little Black Dress is a major exhibition of garments designed from 1920 to the present day by the canon of modern fashion designers. Curated by Vogue Contributing Editor and SCAD Trustee André Leon Talley, the exhibition focuses on historic and contemporary examples of the fashion icon "the little black dress," and reveals how it has been endlessly appropriated and translated. Presented in the SCAD Museum of Art's André Leon Talley Gallery, the only dedicated couture gallery in the southern United States, Little Black Dress traces the bold curve of social history across the 20th and 21st centuries and explores the evolution of a definitive yet democratic style that for more than a century has embodied shifting social tides of the modern world. Pieces by Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Toledo, and Michael Kors will be featured, among many others.
Addio del Passato is an exhibition of new works by British-born Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. The exhibition will feature photographs from Shonibare's allegorical Fake Death Pictures series, sculptures detailing the artist's signature patterned fabrics, and the film Addio Del Passato ("So Closes My Sad Story"), that collectively explore themes of desire, love, repression and power. These works weave together conceptual impressions of colonialism using a theatrical vocabulary and visual imagery that speak to history through the lens of the present.
Material Discovery features new paintings and original sculptures alongside a selection of other recent works by Angel Otero. A rising star in the contemporary art world, Otero is known for his process-based approach to painting, specifically his practice of creating "oil skins" that are made from paint poured onto glass and peeled off in dry sheets. These skins are then grafted onto the artist's canvas to create assemblage works composed of additional materials such as resin, spray paint and silicone. The resulting works are simultaneously collage and décollage and present a dynamic, fresh approach to contemporary painting.
Performing Painting highlights two artists whose practices offer new perspectives on the act of painting. José Parlá and Wendy White have garnered critical attention for their large-scale, colorful paintings, which are in constant dialogue with urban visual language and fine art. In their own unique styles that reference elements of calligraphy, collage, architecture and the urban environment, the paintings by Parlá and White connect the historical traditions of painting to the visually dynamic world of the present day.
In this solo exhibition by Wayne Gonzales, the SCAD exhibitions department presents several "crowd" and "light" paintings for which the artist is acclaimed. Drawing from photographic sources, Gonzales explores the languages and histories of both digital media and painting. With a keen ability to abstract and reinterpret found imagery, he calls into question the ways in which we receive and consider visual information. In so doing, his paintings offer new psychological spaces for the viewer.
Room In My Head: Staging Psychological Spaces is a group exhibition featuring contemporary photographers whose constructed, or manipulated, interiors present various states of mind. These artists, including Janine Antoni, Gregory Crewdson, Sarah Hobbs, Isaac Julien, Laura Letinsky, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Lori Nix, Laurie Simmons, and Mickalene Thomas, charge their constructed environments with a heightened sense of drama and suspense emphasizing particular vantage points, lighting, imaginative architecture, and symbolic and often unsettling references to the human psyche. These staged spaces serve as metaphors for our emotions, fears and imaginings, and blur boundaries between the real, the unreal, and the surreal. This exhibition is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
In Believe It, artist Hank Willis Thomas presents a selection of photographic and lenticular works from his 2010 Fair Warning series. In this body of work, Thomas highlights the visual dynamics of cigarette ads aimed at African American audiences. The focus is specifically on African American women, who have historically been disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry.
The images in Fair Warning are re-appropriated by Thomas; he has removed the ad logos and preserved only snippets of the original text. This manipulation transforms the intention of the image when juxtaposed with the models' nonchalant hand gestures sans cigarettes. These images urge a re-consideration of the depiction of blackness that is being marketed by the original ads. The exhibition also features several lenticular pieces that continue Thomas' play on words and meanings and remain open for interpretation. This exhibition is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
Le Miroir (The Mirror) is a solo exhibition of photographs by French artist Mohamed Bourouissa, guest curated by lecturer, art critic and independent curator Simon Njami. To Bourouissa, Le Miroir, (The Mirror), is a way to address metaphorically any given society and a statement on how people perceive otherness. The mirror does not only reflect an individual image - it reflects a society in all its complexity. This exhibition asks the viewer to consider: What is the image that the French society is sending to the youth of African origins? How can you define your belonging when you are trapped in preconceptions and when your loyalty to the nation that is yours is questioned all the time? Bourouissa's work explores these contradictions and seeks to deconstruct the frozen image of the suspect that other has always been.
Since the invention of the camera in the early 19th century, spirit photography-the practice of attempting to capture images of spirits on film-fascinated those interested in the occult, including Mary Todd Lincoln and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The lure of this art form continues today in the work of Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond. These internationally renowned artists, known for their own work in photography, printmaking, painting and sculpture, will share their latest collaboration in Streaming Spirits.
Guest curated by Crista Cloutier, the exhibition features 12 new prints created with the help of seven undergraduate and graduate printmaking students at SCAD Atlanta under the direction of the artists and SCAD's printmaking chair and master printer, Robert Brown, along with several related works produced in the past year.
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