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The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) investigates the intersections of aesthetics and belief in Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery. Ashe is a Yoruba word that can be translated as “life force” or “the power to make something happen.” The exhibition includes 59 works of art and design that date from the late 19th century to 2012 and were created by nearly 50 artists. A press release states: “Although reading was largely banned for blacks on American antebellum plantations…the Bible’s narratives and parables provided artists of African descent with the inspiration, contexts, and themes to express their responses to the awesome, harsh, and frequently incongruous realities of life in America.” An accompanying publication is available.
MOBIA is located at 1865 Broadway. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (212) 408-1500 or visit (www.mobia.org).
The Morris Museum of Art presents Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection. The exhibition features more than 30 artworks from the private collection of Susan and George Dean Johnson and includes landscapes, portraits, genre scenes, history paintings, and still lifes. A publication of the same name written by Estill Curtis Pennington is available.
The Morris Museum of Art is located at 1 Tenth Street in Augusta and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for youths 13-17, seniors, and students and military with valid I.D.; and free for children 12 and under and for members. There is no admission charge on Sundays. For more information, call (706) 724-7501 or visit (www.themorris.org).
The American Anthropological Association, in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, presents Race: Are We So Different? at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. A press release states: “Throughout history, racial and ethnic differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. Yet those differences also have been the basis for discrimination and oppression....The exhibit explores ways historically used to describe racial differences and the distorted rationalizations to justify mistreatment of people, even genocide…and offers a contemporary scientific understanding of human variation that challenges notions of racial differences, and even the very concept of race.” The title of the exhibit is taken from a book by the same name written by anthropologist Yolanda Moses.
The Michigan Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of the University of Michigan at 1109 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $6. For more information, call (734)764-0478 or visit (www.lsa.umich.edu/ummnh).
The University of Richmond Museums presents Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. The exhibition is the first retrospective of Gregory and features more than 60 works including paintings, glass, and ceramics. Highlighted in this exhibit are four of the eight individual Electron figures that Gregory created for The Fountain of the Atom sculpture for the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. A catalog accompanies the exhibit.
The Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature is located in the Boatwright Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Richmond. Hours are Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (804) 289-8276 or visit (www.museums.richmond.edu).
Pictures in the Parlor is an exhibition of decorative images from the mid-19th through early 20th century now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photography was introduced to the United States in the 1840’s offering an affordable alternative to painted portraits and sculpture. Twenty-five painted tintypes, 21 hand-colored photographs, and nine folios from a Victorian collage album from the museum’s permanent collection are shown.
The museum is located at 8th and F Streets N.W. in Washington, D.C., and is open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. This exhibit is held on the second floor in the Graphic Arts galleries. For more information, call (202) 633-7970 or visit (www.americanart.si.edu).
The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) announces American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly. In the decades after the Civil War, more than 40 Union generals sat for Irish-American sculptor James E. Kelly. During the sittings Kelly also gathered personal narratives about their wartime service. These interviews are presented alongside bas-reliefs, busts, engravings, and bronze sculptures. Works depicting notable events from the Revolutionary War and civilians are also included. The collection of Kelly’s work is on loan from public and private collections.
MHHM is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue in Morristown and is open for tours of the Macculloch family home and this exhibition on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $4 for children 6 to 12, and free for members and for children under 5. For more information, call (973) 538-2404 ext.10 or visit (www.maccullochhall.org).
The Portland Museum of Art’s 2013 summer exhibition schedule includes The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism. Paley was a media mogul who built the CBS broadcasting empire. He was also a passionate collector and a philanthropist. Paley was particularly interested in French Modernism, including Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. Works by 24 artists including Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Míró, Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Bacon will be on view.
The Portland Museum of Art is located at 7 Congress Square in Portland, Maine, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day through Columbus Day, the museum is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students with I.D., $6 for youths ages 13 to 17, and free for children 12 and under and for members. A special exhibition fee of $5 is charged for this exhibit in addition to regular admission. Museum admission is free on Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit (www.portlandmuseum.org).
The China Institute will examine ancient Buddhist cave shrines from the oasis city of Dunhuang, located on the edge of the Gobi Desert, in Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road. According to a press release the exhibit “will feature work found in the caves, including sutras (Buddhist scriptures on paper scrolls), high-relief clay figures, wooden sculpture, silk banners, and molded bricks from the golden eras of the Northern Dynasties (420-589) and Tang Dynasty (618-907). To re-create the magnificent cave settings, a replica cave from the 8th century that contains the beautiful Bodhisattva of the Mogao Caves and a central pillar from the 6th century will also be on view.”
The China Institute is located at 125 East 65th Street in New York City and is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12. Admission is free on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 744-8181 ext. 121 or visit (www.chinainstitute.org/gallery).
Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest