Athens, Ga. – The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host 90 Carlton, the museum’s quarterly reception celebrating its exhibitions, Feb. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include light refreshments by Epting Events, door prizes and gallery activities such as “Ask the Experts” (from 7-8 p.m.), during which guests can ask curators and gallery guides informal questions. The reception is $5, free for members of the Friends.
Exhibitions highlighted are: “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” “A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer,” “The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Cultural Pioneer” and “Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda.” The event will also preview two additional exhibitions, “Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision” and “Pierre Daura (1896-1976): Picturing Attachments,” both of which open to the public the following day.
“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” looks at provocative work produced by the anonymous Guerrilla Girls artists, a feminist collective famous for combining humor, hard facts and art on street posters, billboards and stickers. The exhibition features major works from rarely shown international projects tracking the group’s artistic and activist influence around the globe.
“A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer” features large images by two local artists that are distinguished by a variety of overlay techniques. All the work on this project took place on the Hill, a neighborhood in Athens between the end of 2009 and fall 2010.
“The Life and Work of Alice Fischer, Cultural Pioneer” shows works of art by the former UGA professor. The exhibition features selections of ceramic jewelry and works on paper and serves as an introduction to Fischer’s jewelry and other works of art (etchings, watercolors and drawings). It includes Fischer’s “History of Fashion” necklace, an intricate work that highlights her skills as a jewelry maker and painter.
“Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda” shows the work of the experimental Italian artist, which combines shapes and symbols to create abstractions in a variety of media, such as India ink and wax, acrylic paint and collages of candy wrappers and corrugated cardboard. Lerda was concerned with juxtapositions, seeking to find balance between order and chaos, good and evil, pessimism and witty irony.
“Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision” presents a collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures donated to the museum by the artist’s daughter, Martha Randolph Daura and helps augment the exhibition “Pierre Daura (1896-1976): Picturing Attachments,” which focuses on Daura’s portraits of his family and was organized by Indiana University Art Museum. “Picturing Attachments” is the first sustained examination of this theme in Daura’s work. It is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Georgia Museum of Art.
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see georgiamuseum.org or call 706-542-4662.