Exhibitions
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  • April 28, 2016 – April 2, 2017
    ArtLab @ The Lowe – Blasted Allegories: Photography as Experience

    Frank Paulin, United States, b. 1926
    Movie Ticketseller, Times Square,
    1957 (printed later)
    Gelatin silver print, 13 1/8 x 19 1/2 in.
    (33.3 x 49.5 cm)
    Gift of Bruce Silverstein
    2009.24.7
    © Frank Paulin Archive,
    Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery

    The seventh edition of this annual UM student-curated exhibition highlights thirty compelling photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection. Blasted Allegories considers the way photography resists decisive conclusions. Serendipitous details, unexpected gestures, and strange parallels occur across the photographs featured. Spanning the history of the medium, works by Garry Winogrand, Gregory Crewdson, Walker Evans, Eadweard Muybridge, Nan Goldin, Weegee, and others come together as suggestive examples of how photography shapes human experience. | 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


  • Extended to October 2, 2016
    The Noblest Feature: The Eye Paintings of J. McGuinness Myers

    J. MCGUINNESS MYERS
    Primary Amyloidosis of the Vitreous
    and Surgical Treatment
    , 1966-68
    Mixed media
    Copyright © 2012 Bascom Palmer
    www.lowemuseum.org Eye Institute.
    All Rights Reserved.

     

    In 1966, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute engaged noted medical illustrator J. McGuinness Myers to paint a series of eyes with ocular conditions that patients presented to the faculty of the Institute. This exhibition features highlights from this work, which captures with great aesthetic sensitivity what Henry David Thoreau referred to as “the noblest feature, the eye … the jewel of the body.” Myers’ interpretive works offer something rare and precious in which the non-specialist viewer can find a boundless array of visual metaphors, from seascapes to moonscapes, from Christmas trees to flowers. | more

     

     

     

     

     

  • SEPTEMBER 8 – DECEMBER 23, 2016
    Titus Kaphar: The Vesper Project

    Titus Kaphar (American, b. 1976)
    Front Page, 2012
    Oil on newspaper on canvas
    85½  x 57½ x 2½ inches
    Courtesy of the artist GMAF
    Photography by John Lam
    © Titus Kaphar

     

    The Vesper Project is the culmination of New York City-based Titus Kaphar’s intensive engagement with the imaginary history of the Vespers, a 19th-century New England family who were able to "pass" as Caucasian despite the fact that their mixed heritage made them black in the eyes of the law. Linking the artist to this family is Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who—inspired by one of Kaphar’s works—reaches out to the artist for help in reconstructing his family’s history. The resulting project interrogates notions of identity, memory, and social constructs. | more

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • SEPTEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 23, 2016
    Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings

    Polish Landscape II
    Jan 5 1990 (Auschwitz)
    , 1990
    Latex paint and tar on tile
    mounted on four Masonite panels
    96 x 96 inches. Parrish Art Museum,
    Water Mill, N.Y.
    Gift of The Broad Art Foundation,
    2012.11.4 © Donald Sultan

     

    A critically important series in the oeuvre of American painter, sculptor, and printmaker Donald Sultan, The Disaster Paintings were created between 1984 and 1990. These works feature imposing, man-made structures, whose industrial qualities are reinforced by Sultan’s preferred media, Masonite tiles and tar. The paintings’ resulting sense of robust permanence is offset by the catastrophes Sultan includes therein, which provoke a jarring sense of fragility, impermanence, and transience. Such unexpected juxtapositions are privileged by the artist’s process itself, which merges the industrial materials of Minimalism with representational painting, stylistically combining figuration and abstraction and making simultaneous reference to high and low culture. | 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

     

     

     

  • NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – May 7, 2017
    Unconscious Thoughts Animate the World: Selections from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

    Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
    The Flag. Color Code Venice 13, 2013
    Polaroid photograph, nine panels of
    29 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. each
    Courtesy of the Shelley and Donald
    Private Collection
    © Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

     

    In 1962, when Cuba’s National Schools of Art was founded with a stated aim of educational equality, the resulting collapse of societal strata profoundly affected women, who began to practice their métiers alongside their male peers. This situation persists today, when female Cuban artists are routinely recognized—both nationally and internationally—for their work. The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection of Cuban Art includes works by many of the island-nation’s foremost women artists. Spanning from the 1960s to the present, these works represent a wide range of media and genres. Collectively, they communicate—through a great diversity of artistic voices and expressive means—Cuba’s cultural heritage as well as notions of identity, both individual and collective. | more