Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
Featuring Works by Thomas Hart Benton from the U.S. Naval and Heritage Command
Moved by the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, Benton completed seven large paintings known as the “Year of Peril” series. These were published as books and posters by Abbott Laboratories – a pharmaceutical company that was producing necessary and improved drugs for the war effort. The president of the company found a way to give back to the war effort by sponsoring artists to depict military subject matter for use by the Department of Defense public relations. For Abbott Labs, Benton created 25 artworks, showcasing what he witnessed on board the submarine USS Dorado and LSTs along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. These original paintings and drawings were turned over by Abbott Labs to the Navy and comprise the artwork within this exhibition.
Ceramics by Silvija Singh
These abstract porcelain sculptures are about Repair and Renewal. In these works I am able to embody opposite ideas simultaneously. As the title Force/Counter-Force implies, first I try to depict the overwhelming forces that at times hit us. These can be forces from nature, like hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, the shift of tectonic plates. But they can also be from people. The sculptures first embody that acute moment when the force hits and everything seems to be Coming Apart. We feel the force might fragment us. All is in pieces. We can’t see a future…. Yet, we stand still in the middle. We pick up the pieces. We quilt them back Together. As in the sculptures, the pieces don’t always go back to their original spots. Bruises, scars, gaps remain, and yet a new whole is formed that can be quite lovely. In Repairing, we Renew. We find a way. And in so doing, we become beautiful.
As sculptors, these artists respond to the world visually, texturally, and with volume. As humans, theri responses are to both the outside world as well as to our interior world. The result is sculptural forms that are both intimate and personal in their telling of universal tropes.
Oil Paintings by Laurie Hoen
An exhibit of oil paintings, combining elements of still life and allegory, challenging viewers with questions about social and environmental issues facing America. Visual allegories are puzzles to be solved. They depend on both insight and suggestion.