Man Up: Perspectives on Masculinity and the Male Form
November 12, 2013 - Summer 2014
This exhibit was created with assistance from Dr. Rachel Middleman and the students in her Feminist Art History course during the fall 2013 semester. As a counterpoint to the Female + Form exhibit (see below), Man Up explores the visualization of masculine and feminine stereotypes through photos, drawings, and prints. The exhibit presents differing views of manhood from strong and hardworking to naked, vulnerable, or wounded. Viewers can see different interpretations of what makes a man a real man not only through showing men's roles in society, but also through depictions of the male body. Like these artists have done, viewers will search for their own interpretations of what being a man means to them. Man Up is displayed in the Study Center gallery inside a chest of large, rectangular, glass-covered drawers to allow viewers a closer, more intimate experience with each artwork displayed.
Gun Shop, 1975
Museum Permanent Collection
Reliefs: The Art of Woodcuts
October 4, 2013 - May 2, 2014
A selection of 22 woodcuts from the museum's permanent collection are displayed in the Study Center and represent various techniques in this printmaking method. This exhibit shows examples of how printmaking can create striking imagery including southwestern landscapes, intimate human portraits, abstract nature patterns, and delicate etchings of black and white. Reliefs: The Art of Woodcuts also explains the meticulous printmaking process of this method in which artists carve or cut into a sheet, or block, of solid wood to create an image. These images are then pressed onto a sheet of paper using different skills of coloring, texture, and layering. The prints in this exhibit are displayed horizontally in a chest of large, industrial drawers.
Leo J. Meissner
Oracle Mountains, Arizona, 1949
Charter Member Endowment Purchase
Female + Form
July 1, 2013 - March 14, 2014
This selection of artwork from the permanent collection embraces a diverse range of forms and showcases work by important women artists. Rather than representing a certain artistic style or focusing on specific subjects depicted by women, this exhibition features a variety of styles and subjects. Included are representations of the female form, critiques of the objectification of the female body, and experiments with total abstraction. Highlights include posters by the Guerilla Girls, an installation piece by Ilene Segalove, photography from the second wave of feminism, and minimalist abstraction.
gelatin silverprint photo
Gift of the Artist
LUX - Light and Space Art from the Museum's Collection
August 28, 2012 - March 14, 2014
This exhibit is an exploration of how artists have used light as a medium or subject matter. Several large pieces focus on artists featured in the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions from Los Angeles who are considered to be the leaders of the light and space art movement of the 1970s. The artists in this exhibit bring up philosophical issues about how the brain perceives the world, and these artworks expand the ideas of what materials are actually considered to be art. At the same time, this work creates enchanting experiences of color, shadow, and shape that are sure to entertain all ages. The exhibit also includes one of the most significant artworks in the museum's collection: a Plexiglas disc installation by Robert Irwin.
by Robert Irwin
Maire Eccles Caine Foundation Gift