Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will hold a quarterly open house “90 Carlton: Winter” on Feb. 7 from 6-9 p.m. There will be live music, light refreshments, an art workshop, tours and gallery talks with curators throughout the evening. The event is hosted by Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art and is free and open to the public.
Attendees to the event can make their own miniature abstract expressionist paintings as part of the art workshop. Tours will focus on current exhibitions, with one tour catered toward members of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art who have recently joined or join that evening. The first tour begins at 6:30 p.m.
Exhibitions to be featured include: “John Haley: Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist,” “Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction,” “Object in Focus: The Orpheus Relief Project,” “Belleek Porcelain from the Collection of Linda N. Beard,” “From Savanna to Savannah: African Art from the Collection of Don Kole,” “Americans in Italy” and “Water Music.”
“John Haley: Berkeley School Abstract Expressionist,” organized by the Monterey Museum of Art, features abstract paintings by Haley, an American whose style focuses on bright, vibrant colors and loosely defined forms. Haley had immense influence on his students, including Elmer Bischoff and Walter de Maria.
“Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction,” a retrospective exhibition of the work of Citron, an award-winning painter and printmaker. This exhibition showcases around 50 paintings, prints, drawings and mixed-media constructions Citron made during her more than 60-year career. The exhibition was organized by Juniata College in Huntington, Pa., and Christiane H. Citron, the artist’s granddaughter.
“Object in Focus: The Orpheus Relief Project” focuses on the interdisciplinary study of a Roman copy of a Greek relief sculpture, which contains vestiges of ancient painting. The exhibition is a partnership with UGA’s Center for Applied Isotope Studies, department of chemistry and department of classics, as well as with the University of Mississippi Museum, which owns the relief sculpture.
“Belleek Porcelain from the Collection of Linda N. Beard” is a periodically rotating exhibition of Belleek porcelain from a private collection. The form stems from Northern Ireland and is characterized by a distinctive and sensuous “pearl” glaze. This exhibition is supported in part by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.
“From Savanna to Savannah: African Art from the Collection of Don Kole” draws from a large private collection of African art in Savannah, Ga., and includes sacred, meaningful objects created by numerous peoples in sub-Saharan Africa. These works make use of various media, such as wood, bronze, terracotta, sandstone and cloth, and demonstrate cultural concepts and religious beliefs.
“Americans in Italy” presents artwork dealing with Italian landscapes, people, buildings and life created by American artists and attempts to answer questions about nature, history and national destiny. This exhibition features works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection and makes connections with objects on full-time display elsewhere in the museum.
“Water Music” builds on the themes of water and the idea of water music through the use of a variety of visual perspectives. The exhibition features a range of work from artists including the 19th-century American Luminist A.T. Bricher and post-World War II photorealist Richard Estes, with the core focus on a group of conceptual art objects. A listening station featuring Handel’s “Water Music,” John Cage’s “Water Music” and Ned Sublette and Lawrence Weiner’s “Remixed Water” will supplement the exhibition.
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Partial support for the exhibitions 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 the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see http://georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).