Combined Talents: The Florida National—From a field of more than 450 entrants competing from across the nation, this year’s faculty jurors selected the works of 23 artists to be featured: the exhibition works have no thematic relationship to one another but were instead distinguished by a high calibre of quality and the apparent sense of daring on the part of the artists selected. All media are represented. Professors Mark Messersmith, Roald Nasgaard and Lauren Weingarden juried the exhibition.
Contemporary Latin American Artists—This exhibition takes its place in the cultural heritage celebration of a number of organizations at the university: the Hispanic Student Union, the Cuban American Student Association, the United Latin Society and the Oscar Arias Sanchex HIspanic Honor Society. Coordinated by Lissete Madrazo, ten artists’ works will be augmented by visiting speakers and cultural events.
Concealing/Revealing: Voices from the Canadian Foothills—For eighteen years Dr. Roald Nasgaard served as Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario before joining Florida State University faculty as the Chairman of the Art Department. He was also a lecturer in art history at the University of Toronto and he currently serves as co-director of Programmes at teh Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art in Calgary. Persuaded by the Museum to curate an exhibition of contemporary Canadian artists, he introduces seven Canadian artists with international reputations to our audiences in this region. Sculpture, painting, installation, videography and mixed media are all included in this exhibition of works by Eric Cameron, Janet Cardiff, Chris Cran, Jeffrey Spalding, Arlene Stamp, Nick Wade and John Will.
Acquisitions of 1996-97/Appleton Selections—Selections drawn from the collections at the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala will be shown with recent acquisitions of the FSU MoFA, which will include the folklore sculpture of Harriet Bell, the risque fluorescent maps of Bill Walmsley, the etching and aquatints of Old Masters (including Rembrandt) and other recent acquisitions of the Permanent Collection which enrich the university and the Museum holdings.
Graduating Artists—Once again as the semester draws to a close, the Museum provides the forum for young artists taking their first opportunities to display the achievements of their academic course of study in studio art. BFA graduating artists exhibit a range of media and styles for their joyous exit show.
Art & Antiques Fair—Every year for the past ten seasons, the Museum has hosted a three-day event that brings regional artists and craftspersons together with antiques dealers (jewelry, furniture and collectibles) and a selection of fine art prints offered by the Museum (from delicate Japanese woodblock prints to 17th century Dutch landscapes and back again to contemporary American printmakers). The offerings for giving or collecting are diverse, reasonable and unique. Once again, a favorite event, the Museum will import a bale of Japanese kimono and make these lovely fabrics available for purchase to patrons of the Fair. There is no admission charge. Daily hours vary, please call 644-6836 for updates.
The Faculty Annual & Visiting Artists—A really vigorous Art Department is a magnet for permanent faculty and visiting artists known for their individual accomplishments. The artists who will exhibit works in many different media confront traditional notions of art, push boundaries and expectations and make contemporary points with humor and passion. Whether visitors love to be delighted or delight in being challenged , this is an exhibition that should not be missed.
Dimensions of Native America—Co-Curators Dr. Jehanne Teilhet-Fisk and Robin Nigh have orchestrated an exhibition that examines the results of interaction when cultures of the Americas, Native and non-Native, have encountered one another. Changes to indigenous artworks (e.g. Spanish motifs on Native pottery, Navajo weavings made for Euro-American client tastes, etc.) are no less profound than the subtle and more difficult to detect changes in historical perceptions drawn from source material that was perceived as historically trustworthy. Art history, like all other scholary disciplines, moves through research philosophies. The deconstruction of artworks related to Native Americans has been the subject of re-evaluaton of late-19th / early 20th century Edward S. Curtis’s ‘documentary’ photographs in light of conscious studio manipulations by the photographer. He was not alone in his attempt to create art: painters (like Henry Sharp, 1859-1953) also shaped the ‘truths’ of their images and sometimes anthropologists and ethnologists utilized such art (e.g. Phoebe Hearst at Berkeley developing museum exhibitions in the first decades of the 20th century). And the cultural door swings two ways: a number of contemporary artists of Native American heritage comment upon all aspects of this interaction that produced the legacy of representations—the fascinating aspect of placing value on Native imagery in sports (teams’ names including the one here at Florida State, the Seminoles) anad commercial appropriations (e.g. Pontiac Motors and its old insignia of the chief, now replaced by the abstract arrowhead). The goal of this exhibition is to produce examples at different levels and of different materials which elucidate the interaction of cultures and the misconceptions that contemporary scholarship takes to task as well as the issues of hybridity and identity that contemporary Native American artists address. Participating contemporary artists include James Luna, Rebecca Belmore, Hulleah Tsinhajinnie. [Catalogue]
Graduating Artists—The most ambitious student exhibition of the season offers the thesis exhibitions of MFA candidates and the final projects of BFA graduates in this late Spring event. Over twenty artists will be completing their academic training and their exhibition is a great celebration with surprises and enthusiasm to spare.
Artists’ League Annual—For over a decade, the artists who have met both casually and for workshops at the Museum have produced one or more group exhibitions each year. The venue at the Museum is an opportunity for many to participate in the contemporary art dialogue of peers; the exhibition is juried, diverse in presentation and a project of forty or more regional artists. Membership in the League is open to all interested persons. Call 644-1254 for more information.
Selections from the Permanent Collection—Summer is the best time to catch a glimpse of American art glass, Peruvian ceramic vessels, Asian holdings and contemporary art from the Permanent Collection of the Museum. New acquisitions and favorite treasures share the galleries.