Coming Soon to the Museum of Arts & Sciences
Lure of the Exotic: Orientalism in 19th Century Art
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Opening September 24, 2016 through November 27, 2016
Based on key works from the collection combined with loans from institutions around the state, this exhibition looks at the phenomenon of 19th century "Orientalism" which is the term used to describe elements and motifs from Asia, Africa, and the Near East in European art of this century. After Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798 and the massive 10 volume Description de L'Egypte was published by the small army of scholars he brought along, the craze for all things exotic from distant lands took hold of the European imagination and permeated the arts.
North Wing Corridor
Opening October 1, 2016 through December 11, 2016
By the last half of the Nineteenth Century, lithographs from stone plates had reached a high level of artistic achievement. Beautiful images could be mass produced at a modest cost providing manufacturers with a new media for the promotion of their products. Ad Cards became the media of choice during the period. They were used by all manufacturers, merchants and trades people.
Because there was not "truth in advertising" merchants were free to say anything they wished about their products. Many of the product claims are outrageous to the point of being humorous. Products also contain harmful or addictive ingredients which eventually led to the passing of Federal food and drug laws. This exhibit is a window into the past where one can see how people lived, what they wore and ate, how they were entertained, and how exposed they were to the exaggeration and claims of advertisers.
The works are from the Thomas H. Davis Collection, in care of the Museum of Arts & Sciences.
The Legacy of Abstraction: Late 20th Century Paintings from the Collection
Opening October 8, 2016 through January 15, 2017
Focused primarily on artists with strong Florida ties, this exhibition of large-scale contemporary paintings from the collection pays testament to the lasting legacy of mid-twentieth century American and European Abstration. Postwar artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and the later Anselm Kiefer - to name only a few - brought non-representational art into the mainstream. Due to their influence - as well as many others within the Abstract Art movement - geometry, texture, spontaneous painted gestures and dramatic color juxtapositions would dominate art in the latter half of the twentieth century. The artists on view in this installation owe a debt in no small measure to the lasting impact of the giants of Modernist Abstraction.
Truth in Jest: 200 Years of Social Satire and Humor in Western Art
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Opening October 29, 2016 through January 22, 2017
Throughout history artists have used humor in their works to call attention to social issues or simply to entertain. Works illustrating this in the MOAS collection span nearly 200 years with famous examples by Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879), France’s first and most important social satirist, to those by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978), 20th Century America’s favorite social commentator.
Honoré Daumier became famous for frequently publishing in Les Charivari over the course of many years as he critiqued French culture, society and politics in his cartoons. In the “Histoire Ancienne” (Ancient History) series he weighed in on the intense debate in the 1840s between Classicism and Romanticism. Leading proponents of Romantic art, such as Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), felt that artists should let go of the tired classical ideal and Daumier jumped into the fray by making fun of classical myth. Here he shows the mighty Hercules reduced to a common stable hand as he mucks out King Augeas’s stables, the fifth labor assigned to him by King Eurystheus. According to the Greek myth, this was a monumental task as the livestock numbered over 3,000 and the stable had not been cleaned in 30 years. Hercules was given only one day to complete the job and Daumier’s super hero looks less than happy with the task ahead.
Flapper Style: 1920s Fashion
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford GalleryOpening December 3, 2016 through January 22, 2017
The flapper is widley seen as the epitome of 1920s glamor and decadence. The term refers to the generation of young women who came to age just as World War I ended and shocked the older generation with their short hair and short skirts, their drinking and smoking and swearing. Flappers faced a world strikingly different from the one their mothers new and their clothing reflected this dramic break with the past.
The "Roaring Twenties" is renowned for its exuberant parties and jazz music, which were reflected in the glittering fringe fashion that women wore. However, this exhibition looks beyond the quintessential beaded dress to explore the range of influences on fashion from sportswear to artistic movements such as Bauhaus and Art Deco. Standars of beauty in the 1920s shifted to celebrate youth with a fashionable silhouette that was slim and boyish.
The exhibition includes more than forty pieces including undergarmets, evening wraps, sportswear, menswear and footwear from Kent State University Art Museum, which contains one of the country's most important couture collections.