La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass
April 10 - June 13, 2014
La Ragnatela (or "spider web") refers to the characteristically long, thin, lines and complex patterns of filigrana vases. A glass-making technique that was invented in 1527, filigrana consists of preparing parallel glass canes that are then melted into a mass of incandescent glass, creating perfect geometrical shapes in net and spiral-lie patterns. It is still practiced today by the master glass-maker Giampaolo Seguso, whose family has been making glass on the Venetian island of Murano for more than 600 years. The second part of the three-part project Seguso calls "La Galleria dei 99," La Ragnatela is documented in an eponymous book that beautifully illustrates the 33 glass objects in this series; each of which is accompanied by one of Seguso's evocative poetic mediations on the complexities of moral existence, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of the human spirit. Examples of all 33 vases will be on view (on loan from the Corning Museum of Glass) together with copies of the creator's poetry.
Gabor Peterdi: The Art of War
October 2 - December 19, 2014
Hungarian-American painter and printmaker Gabor Peterdi (1915-2001) is best remembered not only for lush abstract landscapes but also for his remarkable graphic oeuvre. This exhibition focuses on Peterdi's latter, in particular works on paper that address the violence, inhumanity, and senselessness of war. Beginning with his Battle Cry of 1935 and ending with Peterdi's harrowing Resurrection cycle from 1961/62, this exhiibition [resemts a stimmomg ramge pf etchings and engravings that are as sublimely beautiful as they are thought-provoking. An early oil painting -- Good Morning, Mr Peterdi (1935) -- as well as several sketchbooks and drawings will also be on view.
Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad
March 5 - May 22, 2015
Hugely successful during his own lifetime, the Detroit-born artist Julius Garibaldi ("Gari") Melchers left behind an artistic legacy that is as varied as it is compelling. From engaging peasant scenes inspired by his years at the Egmonds, Holland (where he shared a studio with the great American painter George Hitchcock in the late 19th century) to intimate portraits of mothers and their children, Melchers' oeuvre is inflected with a dynamic range of influences, including the Barbizon School, Impressionism, and Symbolism. From this broad ranges of sources, Melchers created a style that was uniquely his own; remarkable for its insistent structural rigor and careful draughtsmanship (absorbed through his years at Dusseldorf's Royal Academy of Art) as well as a lyrical palette and keen observance of humanity. This exhibition, the first of its kind in our region, surveys more than a half-century of Melchers' career with key examples of the genres he favored, including landscape, genre scenes, and portraiture.
Hair in the Classical World
October 8 - December 18, 2015
In most cultures hair is not worn in its natural state; it is artfully styled or dressed. Cut, combed, colored, curled, and shaped hair -- that most universal of physical features -- is also frequently adorned with implements or braids and occasionally, further embellished with pins, beads, and other decorations. This exhibition delves into this fascinating subject through a comprehensive cross-cultural examination of hair in ancient Greece, Cyprus, and Rome. Featuring artifacts from the Bronze Age to late Antiquity, Hair and the Classical World will examine how hair and its treatment were important socio-cultural signifiers in Classical Antiquity through three discrete but inter-related sections: Arrangement and Adornment, Ritual/Rites of Passage, and Divine and Royal Iconography. A scholarly symposium will complement this show.