Arts & Humanities

Museum shows minimal works in “Color, Form and Light”

“Aurora (River Wanderings 7714),” 2014–15 is a painting by Anna Bogatin (American, b. Ukraine, 1970). Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of the artist. GMOA 2017.34.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will showcase a collection of exceptional works connected by their use of the elements color, form and light. This exhibition will be on display from June 22 through Oct. 13 and will feature many important abstract works from the permanent collection or on long-term loan.

Inspired by the simple forms and vivid colors of minimalism, works on view include ones from the 1960s to the present. DeWain Valentine’s sculpture “Red Concave Circle” will occupy one gallery, and the other will hold works by artists such as Joseph Havel, Valerie Jaudon, Jules Olitski and Charles Hinman. The exhibition also features kinetic art and an interactive station that invites visitors to experiment with color, form and light to create their own composition. Throughout the exhibition, viewers are encouraged to consider themselves in relation to the works of art.

“Meteor Showers,” 1987, an abstract etching by Charles Hinman, (American, b. 1932). Etching on paper, 29 7/8 x 40 3/4 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of the Artist. GMOA 1992.1.

“I am really excited to showcase these works from our permanent collection and bring them together into this one exhibition,” said Callan Steinmann, the museum’s curator of education, who served as co-curator of the exhibition. “There’s a range of artists and styles represented in the show and it’s fascinating to have these beautiful examples from earlier artists like DeWain Valentine, and to see the continued influence of minimalism and how artists have continued to explore color, form and light in different ways.”

The exhibition will also inspire this year’s Art Adventures, the museum’s free two-hour summer program for day camps, community centers and day cares. Art Adventures groups will explore how artists use color, form and light with interactive tours of the exhibition and an artmaking activity.

Steinmann and co-curator Sage Kincaid will lead a tour of the exhibition on June 26 at 2 p.m., and a “Gallery Lab” tour on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. Other events connected with the exhibition include:

  • a Toddler Tuesday on July 16 at 10 a.m. (email or call 706-542-8863 to reserve a spot)
  • 90 Carlton: Summer, the museum’s quarterly reception, on July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ($15, $10 for Friends of the Museum and Supporters, free for current members; galleries open until 8:30 p.m.)
  • a Family Day on July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Art Cart (After Class), a drop-in after-school program with hands-on activities on Aug. 21 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • and a studio-based workshop for teens on Sept. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (email or call 706-542-8863 to reserve a spot).

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.