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A Space for Dialogue

Agents of Change

Metamorphosis and the Feminine

July, through August, 2012

This installation features seven works of art which touch upon moments of feminine metamorphosis. In them, women are agents of change: they cause change and/or are changed themselves. Through these works, the unique relationship between the feminine and transformation becomes clear, and metamorphosis in turn becomes an act that can emancipate women from the confines of their traditional gender roles, to one degree or another.

The Allure of Ruins

Views of the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli across Time

May 19, through July 8, 2012

This installation explores views of ancient Roman ruins and the Italian countryside that have inspired artists for centuries, particularly the Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli. For both American and European artists, ruins such as those at Tivoli have always possessed a seemingly universal and timeless quality.

Art in Motion

A Deeper Look at the Animated Figure and Its Presence in Contemporary Works

March 31, through May 13, 2012

This installation asks why animation has been excluded from the Western definition of fine art as "art forms developed mainly for aesthetics" through the juxtaposition of seven different pieces from the Walt Disney animated feature film Pinocchio and three contemporary works of art that feature animation.

Center and Periphery

Cultural Hybridity in the Funerary Arts of the Roman Provinces

February 11, through March 11, 2012

This installation presents examples of the kind of hybrid visual culture materialized in funeral art from certain key provinces—Syria, Africa Proconsularis (modern Tunisia), and Egypt—created during the era when the Roman Empire was at its greatest extent.

Continuity of the Spiritual

Old and Modern Masters

January 07, 2012, through February 05, 2012

This installation explores the representation of emotion and spirituality in works of art dating from the Renaissance to today in paintings, prints, and video.

The Illusions of Eighteenth-Century European Portraiture

October 22, 2011, through January 01, 2012

From ancient times to the present day, portraiture has been a medium in which individuals could create an illusion of themselves in a very selective and proscribed manner. This installation features four portraits, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, and Pompeo Batoni, which suggest that portraits are always a construction of some sort, though the attentive viewer can uncover their secrets.

Aggressive Art

Early Caricature and Self-Parody in France and England

September 03, 2011, through October 16, 2011

This installation explores the culture of caricature and features five late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century prints, including works by James Gillray and Honoré Daumier.

Faces of Antiquity

Portraiture of the Roman Empire

May 14, 2011, through August 28, 2011

This installation presents some of the most widespread varieties of ancient portraiture, including funerary painting, sculptural busts, and coinage from ancient Rome.

Okeanos, International + Contemporary Relflections on the Sea

March 12, 2011, through May 08, 2011

For anyone who has witnessed its sublimity, above the surface or at its depths, the ocean (from Greek “okeanos”) leaves a powerful, sensuous impression. Contemporary artists Yves Klein, Jennifer Moller, and Hiroshi Sugimoto each reflect upon the experience of ocean via distinct media: Klein with his hyper-saturated, textured canvas; Moller with her darkened, black and white video footage; and Sugimoto with his abstracted photographs of water and air.  Whether captured in paint or film, or concentrating on water’s depth or surface, substance or void, stillness or motion, the monochromatic representations of sea depicted by each of the international contemporary artists in this exhibition demonstrate that the experience of ocean is universal.

Aerial Perspectives

Grounded in an Infinite Landscape

January 29, 2011, through February 27, 2011

The works of art in this exhibition are all abstracted depictions of landscapes from an aerial perspective, a point of view that draws us into the work through an intensified experience of the entire composition. They all share the same basic focus, evoking some geographical construct or another, and a sense of place. While they have a visually abstract quality, this does not mean that we become lost. Rather, the means through which the artists masterfully render their subjects (including line, color, light, shadow, volume, and depth) encourage us to take an active role in these works’ realization. They ground us, ironically, as we examine them from every angle, following the symphony of marks along the surface and subconsciously constructing the imagined landscape both within and beyond the edges of the frame.


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