Exhibitions
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  • April 20, 2017 – April 1, 2018
    ArtLab @ The Lowe – Fish Tales: Stories and Legends from the Deep

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    The eighth edition of ArtLab @ The Lowe is the result of the collaboration of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a museum studies course during the spring 2017 semester, drawing on the impressive collection of the Lowe Art Museum. As the curators for the exhibition, the students selected the theme of fish in recognition of the importance of preserving the oceans around the globe and the power of story-telling in art. | more

     

  • May 25, 2017 – September 17, 2017
    J. Tomás López: The Portrait Series

    J. Tomás López
    American (b. Cuba, 1949)
    Adler, 2010-2017
    Carbon pigment print, 30 x 40 inches
    © J. Tomás López

    Opening Reception, free, Thursday, May 25, 7-9 pm.

    The eyes are the window of the soul. This aphorism, which implies a connection between the seen and the unseen, speaks to the sometimes uneasy link between the visible and incorporeal. The eyes thus become a gateway to the anima, which in turn grants entry into the human psyche. Connections such as these are laid bare in J. Tomás López: The Portrait Series, a new body of work by this well-established artist. Rendered in soft focus, the works in this series are characterized by the hazy blending of the facial features, hair, and clothing of their sitters, who are set against abstracted tawny-amber backgrounds. | more

     

     

     

     

     

  • June 22, 2017 – September 24, 2017
    Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic

    Walter Wick (American, b. 1963)
    O Frabjous Mirrors!,, 1984
    Pigmented inkjet print, 40 x 29 inches
    © Walter Wick

     

    Opening Reception, free, Thursday, June 22, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

    Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic is the first museum retrospective of Walter Wick, the award-winning author and photographic illustrator of Can You See What I See? and co-creator of the famed I Spy book series. This engaging exhibition features a selection of Wick’s early photographs, which provided a foundation for the artist’s interest in illusions, puzzles, games, and science. It includes several of the artist’s handcrafted, meticulously detailed installation models along with his large-format color photographs, which Wick used to illustrate his children’s books. | more

     

  • October 27, 2016 – June 25, 2017
    Sean Cavanaugh: Under the Elders’ Gaze

    Sean Cavanaugh (American, b. 1969)
    True Vincy, 2014
    Watercolor and gouache on paper,
    46 x 33 inches
    Courtesy the artist

     

    Artist Sean Cavanaugh (b. 1969) revels in the mundane. Specifically, trees—which for so many of us are merely background noise to the daily rhythms of our lives—are a source of endless fasciation for the artist.

    Cavanaugh, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College (Claremont, CA), sees in trees not only a boundless array of dazzling visual information but also a limitless range of metaphors. For him, trees are visceral manifestations of the visual splendor and awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world. They are also chronographs, registering the passage of time in their very cores. Trees are sentries, standing guard in their forest homes, and they are our elders, bearing witness to humanity’s endless parade as it passes under their gaze. | more

     

     

     

  • April 1, 2016 - December, 2016
    Highlights from The Fairholme Unlimited Foundation

    Ben Tobin Galleries

    The Lowe’s Ben Tobin Galleries feature Modern and Contemporary works encompassing a series of transformative loans from The Fairholme Unlimited Foundation, Inc. (a Florida not-for-profit corporation). These include ten color screen prints from Andy Warhol’s Mao series (1972), Robert Mangold’s Attic Series XI (1991), Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (1957), and six untitled screen prints from a portfolio by Jackson Pollock (1951/1964). These remarkable works by some of the 20th century’s most important artists are installed alongside iconic art from the Lowe’s own permanent collection, which features pieces by Deborah Butterfield, Chyrssa, Duane Hanson, Pat Lipsky, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, and Zao Wou-Ki. Rounding out the reinstallation will be works by Richard Pettibone, Joseph Kosuth, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, on loan from Fundación Jumex. | more


  • JUNE 8 – NOVEMBER 5, 2017
    Beaux Arts: A Remarkable Legacy


    Senufo people, Ivory Coast
    Helmet Mask, , 20th century
    Wood, cotton, feathers, iron, leather,
    and pigment
    Museum purchase through funds from
    Beaux Arts, the Linnie E. Dalbeck
    Memorial Endowment, the 50th
    Anniversary Fund, and memorial gifts
    in honor of Florence Drosd. 2002.8.

     

    A selection of gifts of art made to the Lowe by its longstanding supporter and champion of art and education for six decades, the Beaux Arts organization, including treasures from varied epochs and regions of the world. | more

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • SEPTEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 17, 2017
    Pop Art Prints

    In the 1950s and 1960s, pop art offered a stark contrast to abstract expressionism, then the dominant movement in American art. The distinction between high art and popular culture was assumed until artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others of their generation challenged a whole range of assumptions about what fine art should be. When pop art emerged on the art scene, it was eagerly embraced by an enthusiastic audience. The artists became celebrities and demand for their work was high. One reason they turned to prints was to satisfy this demand. They favored commercial techniques such as screenprinting and lithography with which they could produce bright colors and impersonal, flat surfaces. As editioned multiples, prints were more widely available and affordable than unique works of art, and pop art imagery was readily reproduced in the popular press. | more


  • OCTOBER 12, 2017 – JANUARY 14, 2018
    Michele Oka Doner: Into the Mysterium

    Michelle Oka Doner (American, b. 1945)
    Electricity,, 2017
    Archival pigment print, 15 x 22 ½ inches.
    © Michele Oka Doner

     

    Fascinated with order, artist Michele Oka Doner is captivated by humanity's desire to collect and arrange, as well as by our compulsive need to create taxonomies and impose names, thereby bringing regimentation and predictability to an otherwise messy and uneasy world. The artist is equally enthralled by Nature, a palimpsest on which all creatures’ passage through the mortal realm is written. For Oka Doner, even the simple act of taking a walk represents a remarkable opportunity to immerse oneself in the spirit of a place and to allow time to collapse in on itself. Thus, she sees in twigs, stones, pebbles, leaves, sticks, seeds, pods, shells, and husks vestigial remnants of a world that is both eternal and fleeting. With her Midas touch, the artist transforms what others might call detritus into works that are notable both for their material beauty as well as their intellectual impact. They equally speak to her deep interest in civilization’s push-pull relationship with Nature (which ultimately bows before no one) as well as the paper-thin membrane separating order from chaos. | more

     

  • NOVEMBER 16, 2017 – APRIL 29, 2018
    Stone Levity: Small Sculptures by Del Geist

    Del Geist (American, b. 1943)
    Terrakot V,
    © Del Geist

     

    Environmental artist and sculptor Del Geist has been creating art in the public realm for more than thirty years. Using the natural world and its materials as his palette, Geist has developed major site-specific sculptures and installations throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. These works both highlight and "exploit" the qualities that make each place unique. They equally invite viewers to use all of their senses to engage with Geist's works as well as with the natural environments in which they are situated. The resulting interactions unite people, place, nature, history, and geology in intimate dialogues, while evocatively capturing and conveying the special spirit of such disparate locations as Artpark (Lewiston, NY); Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park (Cumbria, England); and the University of Papua New Guinea. Geist also has notable projects in Miami, FL; Berlin, Germany; and South Korea, in addition to collaborative projects with artist Patricia Leighton in Barnstable, England and Roosville, Montana. | more

  • JANUARY 25 – APRIL 22, 2018
    Dignity: Tribes in Transition

    Dana Gluckstein (American, b. 1957)
    Woman with Pipe, Haiti, 1983
    Archival pigment photograph,
    10 x 10 inches
    © Dana Gluckstein

     

    The exhibition Dignity: Tribes in Transition captures the fleeting period of world history where traditional and contemporary cultures collide. The black and white portraits of Indigenous Peoples pay homage to these imperiled cultures signaling our collective interdependence and fragility. Nobel Laureate Archbishop Tutu states, "The Indigenous Peoples of the world have a gift to give that the world needs desperately, this reminder that we are made for harmony, for interdependence. If we are ever truly to prosper, it will be only together."

    In the words of Robert S. Sobieszek, the late curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The dispassionate remove common to most modern portraits is all but absent in these images; in its stead is a passionate complicity between artist and sitter that allows each subject to be memorialized with both beauty and grace." | more