Work of Tim Lewis in situ
Past Time: American Self-Taught Art from the Arient Family Collection
Sept. 3 to Oct. 10, 2015
Thursday Sept. 3, noon to 2 p.m.
MAC GALA Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Art/Tea Lecture: Kathy Kamal presents Stories on Stones (Opals) TBA
“Past Time: American Self-Taught Art from the Arient Family Collection” features selections from four artists among many in what is considered of one of the world’s most important private collections of the genre.
The Arient family traveled the country for more than 30 years, acquiring various pieces and the resulting collection is widely respected for its size and depth, but also the approach Jim and Beth Arient have taken to collecting. When the collection began in 1977, few self-taught artists were represented by galleries or dealers, compelling the Arients to seek them out. From this necessity grew a wealth of personal relationships with folk artists across the country, as well as a strong network of collectors that has brought their work to the general public. With the sustained support of this network, self-taught art has become sought after by many major museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will host an exhibition of self-aught and naïve art in the fall of 2016.
The four artists included in “Past Time” share a common focus on repetitive forms, employing systems of repetition as an artistic method to assess the world around them. This method invites the viewer to compare and contrast these forms, revealing the uniqueness of each effort despite the consistency of method and materials.
The works on display include stoneware pottery, clay sculptures, hand-painted signs and wood carving. Georgia-born artist Lanier Meadersgrew up assisting in his father’s pottery shop, later becoming well-known for the sculptural creativity of his face jugs and continuing the ceramic craftsmanship tradition of White County, Georgia that has been in existence since the early 1800s. Virginian pottery artist Georgia Blizzard also found material and inspiration in the Appalachian hills, and used the clay from the creek behind her home to create vessels depicting characters from her own life. The exhibition also includes carved wood canes by the famed selfVtaught Kentucky artist Tim Lewis, and the painted protest signs of Jesse Howard, whose work is held in the permanent collections of The American Folk Art Museum and the American Visionary Arts Museum.
In conjunction with “Past Time,” the Cleve Carney Art Gallery will also display a group of quilts by the artists of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Since the mid-nineteenth century the artists and quilt makers living in this rural African American community have created hundreds of colorful and intricately crafted quilts, widely recognized to be masterpieces of textile design.
“Past Time: American Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Jim and Beth Arient” can be viewed 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday. The gallery also is open one hour prior to MAC performances held in the Belushi Performance Hall and during intermission.
“The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” can be viewed during building hours 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday in the MAC Lobby.
Aug. 12 through 26
Opening reception: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided, music by Dr. Steven L. Havens, piano
Closing reception: Wednesday, Aug. 26, noon to 2 p.m.
The exhibition includes many of North’s black and white photographs of 19th century architecture. “Simple Elegance” features images of cathedrals from Chicago, Washington DC, Hobart (Australia) as well as the architecture of Blanchard Hall on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton.
In his photographs, North explores the character and gracefulness of older structures through compositions focusing on various elements or unusual perspectives. Taking details out of their context, he emphasizes the aesthetic content and offers a different interpretation of a familiar building by showing its artistic form.
Although he began photographing many years ago, William North is a relative newcomer to the field of professional photography. It wasn’t until the digital era that fine art photography came into focus for him. His passion led him to the photo program at the College of DuPage in 2010. Soon after, he began capturing images of architecture, with emphasis on cathedrals.
His photography is influenced by a previous degree in English Literature and prior work involving architectural drafting and design. Inspiration for these works came from such respected artist-photographers as Lucien Hervé, who photographed the work of French architect Le Corbusier, and Frederick H. Evans, known for his images of French and English cathedrals.
North shoots in black and white as he believes it is consistent with the historic theme. As a result, his photographs celebrate a heritage that reaches beyond the moment.
To view additional William North's photographic portfolios please visit his website: www.wn-photography.weebly.com.
New Acquisitions from the Collection of Andree Stone
Thursday, June 4 to Friday, July 31, 2015
An exhibition of new acquisitions from the late Andree Stone, a long time gallery owner (Dart Gallery, Chicago), philanthropist, and supporter of the arts, will include works on paper, paintings, photography and sculpture by nationally known artists.
Thursday, June 18, noon to 2 p.m.
Special Topic Discussion:
Starting an Art Collection
Friday, July 17, 6 p.m., Free admission
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 153
Collectors, Bradley and Cassia Carter will discuss their experiences starting an art collection. Join us in hearing about how collecting art has influenced this couple’s life and helped build relationships with artists.
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit
April 16 to May 23, 2015
A juried display of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works by College of DuPage art students. Guest Juror: Bill Gross, the owner and curator of 65GRAND gallery in Chicago.
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
(Open during “Walk this Way,” a high school art exhibit in the Studio Art wing)
Special Topic Discussion: Monday, April 27, noon
Art Careers/The Business of Art
Carol Jackson: Pandemonium
March 5 to April 11, 2015
Ornate western saddles, graphics from industrial-age sheet music covers, American Rococo furniture, government webcam stills monitoring the California freeways, and landscapes, are the source material for the multi-media works of Carol Jackson. The grand narratives of epic literature and their portrayal of triumph and loss inspire her work. In this exhibition, Jackson explores one of the central themes in Milton’s Paradise Lost: free will.
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 17, 2 p.m., Playhouse Theatre
Leather Tooling Workshop: Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Tooling Workshop for middle school age students
Traditions in Transition: Contemporary Art of India
Jan. 22 to Feb. 21, 2015
A group exhibition of Indian contemporary art inspired by folk traditions from
regions throughout India. Curated by Manvee Vaid from Deccan Footprints.
Opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 22, 12 to 2 p.m.
Special Reception: Sunday, Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.
Will include a traditional Indian fire ceremony
Curator Talks: Thursday, Jan. 29, 11a and Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.
Manvee Vaid will discuss the stories and traditions behind traditional and
contemporary art in India.
Special Topic Discussion: Wednesday, Feb. 18, noon
Tips on How to Enter Juried Exhibits and Get Accepted
Gothic Spine, 2012, sterling silver, violin pegs, fabric
Studio Art Faculty Exhibit
Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 to January 10, 2015
Open during Holiday performances in the Belushi Performance Hall.
An exhibition of new work by College of DuPage full-time studio art faculty, Mara Baker, Charles Boone, Glenn Hansen, Jennifer Hereth, Kathleen Kamal, Brad Killam, David Ouellette, Terry Vitacco
Thursday, Nov. 6, 3 to 6 p.m.
Lunch chat with the artists: Monday, Nov. 10 in the gallery
A noon hour open discussion with exhibiting faculty members. The art professors will speak about their art in the gallery for 5 minutes followed by Q & A. Free and open to everyone.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Nov. 12, noon, Playhouse Theatre
Sculptor, Marina Kuchinski was one of sixteen artists to attend the renowned Arts/Industry Residency program at the John Kohler Arts Center. Sixteen exceptional artists from around the world are chosen each year for two- to six-month residencies that give them access to the pottery or iron/brass foundry and enamel shop in Kohler Co.'s Kohler, Wisconsin, plant. Marina will talk about her experiences and show the work she produced at the plant this past summer. Free and open to everyone.
Amy Vogel, "The Difficulty of Beauty," installation view, Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit, 2014.
Amy Vogel: A Paraperspective
Thursday, September 4 to Saturday October 25, 2014
View Amy Vogel catalog (PDF)
Where an artist’s retrospective is designed to survey a completed body of work, the “paraperspective” surveys an incomplete and unstable body of work, it works around its subject, through it, under it, and even, in some ways, apart from it by addressing sources, influences, and the production of work that informs the art. This paraperspective is a collaboration between Joseph Grigely and Amy Vogel with a catalogue essay by Joseph Grigely.
Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait (Expressions), 1968, Evanston, IL
Vivian Maier: Exposed
Tuesday, June 17 to Saturday, August 16, 2014
View Vivian Maier catalog (PDF)
Vivian Maier (French/American, 1926-2009) thrilled the world when her body of work of more than 100,000 negatives and some films were discovered in 2007. Maier kept photography all to herself, shooting in her spare time with her Rolliflex ready to capture anything and everything; buildings, trees, shadows, street portraits, road kill, gang members, newspaper headlines, celebrities, the odd, the mundane, the interesting, the everyday, and many times her own portrait or simply a shadow of herself.
College of DuPage was involved early on in the development of 200 rolls of Maier’s films owned by Jeffrey Goldstein. Members of “Team Vivian”, a team that helped develop the negatives, included several COD students and photo consultant, Frank Jackowiak, who were the first to process and view many of the photographs in this exhibition and the Jeffrey Goldstein collection, Vivian Maier Prints Inc.
Charles Loggins III, Fly Away Girl, color photo print on canvas
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit
Thursday, April 10 to Saturday, May 17, 2014
A juried display of art works by College of DuPage art students.
Selections of Artworks from the
Cleve Carney Collection
Thursday, Feb. 6 to
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Cleve Carney was passionate about the arts and an avid supporter and collector of contemporary work by local, as well as national and international artists.
He had an appetite and inquisitiveness for new art that continued to broaden the scope of his collection up until the end of his life.
His collection ranges from work by Chicago Imagists, abstract painting and sculpture, representational, post-minimalist, and conceptual artworks. The upcoming inaugural exhibition Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection will include paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photography, and digital media by Mel Bochner, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Julia Fish, John Fraser, Arturo Hererra, Jenny Holzer, Markus Linnebrink, Judy Ledgerwood, Robert Motherwell, Jim Nutt, Roxy Paine, David Shrigley, Ann Wilson, Zhou Brothers and many many more.