The SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, has announced its Summer and Fall 2013 schedule of exhibitions and programming. Organized by the SCAD exhibitions department and overseen by Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD executive director of exhibitions, with support from chief curator Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., the 2013 schedule includes exhibitions of work by major international contemporary artists with a diverse range of practices and media, including Ursula von Rydingsvard, Uta Barth, Candice Breitz, Chakaia Booker and Regina Silveira, among others.
Exhibition highlights include Ursula von Rydingsvard's Shadows Remain, curated by senior curator Melissa Messina, featuring a selection of cedar sculptures, at once abstract and referential, that evoke forces of nature. Also organized by Messina in collaboration with Farrell is Uta Barth's to draw with light, an ambitious solo exhibition featuring three related sequences of atmospheric, minimalist images that have never before been shown together in the United States. Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement, curated by Erin Dziedzic, explores themes of sound, movement, practice and process and features works by acclaimed artists from the Walter O. Evans Collection, such as Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, in dialogue with selected contemporary works by artists including Sanford Biggers and Rashaad Newsome.
Additional highlights include Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection, an exhibition featuring the designs of the 2013 recipient of the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, and Streaming Spirits: New Prints by Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith, an exhibition of prints by Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond that draw inspiration from the 19th-century genre of spirit photography guest curated by Crista Cloutier.
These exhibitions 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. Below is the schedule of exhibitions taking place at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah Throughout Summer and Fall 2013:
The SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah
601 Turner Blvd.
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Candice Breitz: Queen (A Portrait of Madonna)
Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) is an exhibition by acclaimed video artist Candice Breitz. This multichannel video installation features avid Italian Madonna fans performing their way Through Madonna's Immaculate Collection album. Queen (A Portrait of Madonna) is an extension of the group exhibition Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement.
Uta Barth: to draw with light
To draw with light is an ambitious solo exhibition of works by acclaimed conceptual photographer and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Uta Barth. This exhibition features three related sequences of atmospheric, minimalist images that have never before been shown together in the United States. Selected singular photographs from Barth's series Compositions of Light on White recall the geometric abstractions of Mondrian with formalist grids of light and architectural detail. Also included in this exhibition are diptychs and triptychs from the series … and to draw a bright white line with light that trace a ribbon of sunlight Through the texture of a curtain as captured in a single day. Collectively with her most recent series Deep Blue Day, these works underscore Barth's brilliant use of light as her medium and visual perception as her subject, and in so doing, heighten our awareness and alter our way of seeing. SCAD supported the production of the Deep Blue Day works.
Mark Dorf: Environmental Occupations
SCAD presents Environmental Occupations, a solo exhibition featuring photographs by SCAD alumnus Mark Dorf (B.F.A., photography, 2011). In this series, giant concrete forms loom within sweeping vistas and panoramic triptychs. The insertion of these man-made elements articulates the artist's broader interest in the human encroachment on the natural environment.
Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement
Romare Bearden, Richmond Barthé, Beauford Delaney, Rashaad Newsome, Sanford Biggers, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, among others
Rehearsals: The Practice and Influence of Sound and Movement presents works by acclaimed artists from the Walter O. Evans Collection in dialogue with selected contemporary works that explore themes of sound, movement, practice and process. This cross-generational exhibition features media ranging from painting and sculpture to video and photography, showcasing some of the diverse influences and expressions that have developed within cross-cultural artistic practices in the last century. Additionally, Rehearsals dovetails the unique and surprising correlations between audible expressions and visual languages in art.
Selected artists from the Evans Collection include Romare Bearden, Richmond Barthé, Beauford Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Clementine Hunter, Jacob Lawrence and Alma Thomas. Selected contemporary artists include John Bankston, Sanford Biggers, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Satch Hoyt, Jennie C. Jones, Rashaad Newsome, Dario Robleto, Jean Shin, Los Carpinteros and a commissioned piece by Xaviera Simmons.
Streaming Spirits: New works by Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith
Streaming Spirits is an exhibition of new and recent prints by acclaimed artists Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith, some which were created at SCAD Atlanta. Expanded for the SCAD Museum, works in additional media are also included. Streaming Spirits, which was conceived by guest curator Crista Cloutier, draws inspiration from the 19th-century genre of spirit photography. The hauntingly beautiful works on paper use a variety of printmaking techniques as the medium Through which to capture manifestations of the self—what master printer and SCAD Atlanta printmaking chair Robert Brown describes as “loose interpretations of the meta-real."
Chakaia Booker: Hybrid
Hybrid is a selection of wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures by Chakaia Booker. This exhibition highlights Booker's focused explorations of the metaphorical associations and formal manipulations of the rubber tire. Like the interwoven segments of her sculptures, Booker's practice manifests kaleidoscopic social, political and cultural meaning in pieces that span dualities, from the universal to the personal, the global to the local, the natural to the industrial. Hybrid reveals Booker's ability to connect the historical lineage of textile, decoration, craft and modern and feminist art within a refined yet dynamic artistic vocabulary.
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection is an exhibition of designs by 2013 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Francisco Costa. Featuring 21 looks form Costa's Spring 2013 collection, as well as five garments pulled from the Calvin Klein archive, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection draws from an ongoing, globally driven conversation on feminine beauty, form, fabric and color.
Costa's spring collection features hourglass silhouettes that accentuate the bust and waist. The garments on display highlight a sensuous shadow effect Throughout, from the compressed draping and textural weaves to the soft palette of whites, pale yellow and blue—all paired with timeless black.
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Shadows Remain
Ursula von Rydingsvard's Shadows Remain is a selection of cedar sculptures including monumental freestanding floor pieces that are at once abstract and referential, evoking forces of nature, anthropomorphic forms and utilitarian objects. These epic wood sculptures merge the architectural history and elements of the museum with the landscape just outside the gallery windows. Like archaeological relics, the works are imbued with a sense of history and emotional poignancy that speak as much to the earthly as to the divine.
Regina Silveira: Track Series (Octopus)
Track Series (Octopus) is part of the continuing “derrapagem" series of vinyl-decal mural installations by Brazil-based artist Regina Silveira. Acclaimed for her playful and exaggerated interpretations of space and scale, Silveira engages the layered graphics of car tire tracks to resemble octopus tentacles reaching the length of the gallery. Track Series (Octopus) responds to the elongated, rectangular dimensions of the gallery creating dynamic waves of movement that expand across the wall and encompass visitors as they move Through this museum space.
Alex Prager: Mise-en-scène
Mise-en-scène is the first solo exhibition in the southeastern United States for Los Angeles-based artist Alex Prager. This exhibition features two of Prager's recent short films, Despair and La Petite Mort, together with selected film stills. Evoking the filmic trope of the tortured heroine and employing techniques of suspense reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock, Prager constructs emotionally charged and seductive worlds. Whether in stills or moving pictures, Prager's cinematic and saturated images are at once charming and disturbing. Their glamour and dark humor lure the viewer into ambiguous narratives and exquisitely crafted mise-en-scène.
This exhibition highlights Diana Al-Hadid's unique exploration of art historical references to examine sculptural and pictorial space and convey a world turned upside-down. Her recent large-scale gypsum and metal sculptures, small bronzes and drawings are inspired by a variety of sources, including Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Gothic architecture and Hellenistic sculpture. Known for her innovative methods that extend pictorial devices used to expand perspective into three-dimensional space, Al-Hadid opens new terrain for contemporary sculpture while simultaneously recovering influential visual histories.
Diana Al-Hadid is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The exhibition and catalog are made possible Through the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph co-published by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Hatje Cantz, with essays by exhibition curator Xandra Eden and art critic Gregory Volk.
These exhibitions and receptions are free with SCAD Museum of Art admission.
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