CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT THE
MUSEUM OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Truth in Jest: 200 Years of Social Satire and Humor in Western Art
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Opening November 5, 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. 

The Legacy of Abstraction: Late 20th Century Paintings from the Collection
Root Hall
Now through 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.

 

Celebrating our Smithsonian Affiliation
A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Lobby
Now through 2017

A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian's newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.

A Place for All People is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the museum. 

 

Let's Advertise
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. 

 

Forms of Fancy: Sculptures from the MOAS Collection
Bouchelle Court of Changing Exhibits
Now through July 23, 2017

 

From the oldest piece, an ancient tomb figure from China, to the newest piece, a 21st century painted ceramic "Kitty Hawk", this exhibit represents 2,000 years of sculpture from across the globe. 

King Solomon, Alexander Archipenko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT THE
CICI AND HYATT BROWN MUSEUM OF ART

The Seminole and the Everglades
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
Through 2016

The Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands that occupies the southern portion of Florida. Water leaving the vast, shallow Lake Okeechobee in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. 

Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates from 15,000 years ago. The region was dominated by the native Calusa and Tequesta tribes. After European colonization, both tribes declined. The Seminole nation emerged out of groups of Native Americans, mostly Creek from what are now the northern Muscogee peoples.

Artists from the early 19th century on have found the visual characteristics of the people and the land compelling subjects for artworks. The climatic conditions change frequently giving new dimensions of color, motion, and light to the landscape. The dramatic variables are a challege to the painting attempting to capture a specific moment. The flora and fauna are often unique and fascinating. Rending them is as often for scientific documentation as it is for decorative motif. 

Featured painting: James F. Hutchinson; Seminole Man, 1992

 

Florida Weather
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
Through 2016

Experience a myriad of Florida weather in just one day. The Florida Weather gallery offers a look into Florida weather as represented by art. Florida is known for weather that changes with uncanny speed. Sun, rain, wind, clouds, storms and fog all play a part in what the artist sees and wants to capture. The color, technique, rhythm and texture are all focused to evoke the full sensation of what is Florida's revealing environmental trait.

Featured painting: Ernest Lawson; Approaching Storm, Matheson Hammock, Coral Gables, Florida, ca. 1930

Naive Florida
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - A. Worley Brown & Family Gallery
Through 2016

Naive art is a timeless genre that includes prehistoric cave paintings, regional and tribal works and early religious art. The term "naivism" is usually applied to a style of art that indicates that the artist lacks training in formal art principles and methods. These paintings showcase naivism in Florida art and the easily understandable and often idealized scenes of everyday life.

 Featured painting: David Davidovich Burliuk; Mary's Diner, Cortez, 1962


Women Painting Florida
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art 
Through 2016

An exhibit dedicated to women who created an amazingly diverse group of wonderful images in a wide range of mature styles, all contributing to the glorious chronicle of Florida art. 

Featured painting: Edith Wyckoff Kuchler; Packing Barn, ca. 1940

 

 

Volusia County
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
Through 2016

The Volusia County gallery contains paintings with the county as the subject. Volusia County has encouraged both well-known and less-known artists to portray the environments and people from the county from the last quarter of the 19th century and on. 

Featured painting: James Calvert Smith; Stop the Train, ca. 1950

 

 

 

 

Exhibits and Dates Subject to Change