August 15, 2012 — December 30, 2012
A Fresh Mix For Our Modern And Contemporary Galleries
The Chrysler continues to shake up the –isms of art history with this new set of mini-exhibitions of contemporary art. Explore the threads between society, culture, and the visual arts through “new” finds from the Chrysler vaults.
GALLERY 254: The Space of Nature
Works in this gallery evoke the sense of being enveloped within nature. Using a wide range of mediums, the artists represented here realistically or symbolically convey the dynamic transformation and evolution of the natural world. This gallery includes works by Jennifer Steinkamp, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Lee Krasner, Milton Avery, Lester Johnson, Anne Savedge, and George Morrison.
A uniting theme here is movement, and by way of example, we offer Milton Resnick’s 1959 oil-on-canvas painting The Hunter. Resnick was once described as a “Monet for the nuclear age,” and as exhibition curator Amy Brandt asks, is this canvas the quick rush of a hunter through a forest or the pounding heartbeat of the hunted?
GALLERY 251: Materiality
This gallery draws attention to the physical properties of the artist’s chosen materials, whether they are soaked, stained and paint-dripped canvases or menacing shards of glass. These artists literally or metaphorically ask you to think about the process of creation.
See how Morris Louis created a lyrical, powerful composition not by moving a brush, but by tilting, pleating and moving the canvas.
GALLERY 245: New Acquisitions
A selection of recent gifts from Renee and Paul Mansheim, longtime Norfolk residents and friends of the Museum, offer compelling reflections of contemporary society. Two works by the collaborative team Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry reflect on moments in African-American history. Also included are a playful video by Liliana Porter and important works by Andy Goldsworthy and William Kentridge.
See Michal Rovner’s Petri dish of tiny human organisms.
GALLERY 246: See Me
This gallery explores the ways in which artists depict themselves and others. Alex Katz and Barkley Hendricks pushed artistic boundaries with their cool and straightforward style of portraiture. In their powerful and haunting paintings, Bob Thompson and A. B. Jackson ruminate on the estrangement and daily struggles of African-Americans in our society. Elizabeth Catlett’s sculpture, Ife, testifies to her skill and reputation as one of the greatest figurative sculptors of the 20th century.
Gandy Brodie hung out with musicians such as Billie Holliday. See his 1958 painting Young Musicians here.