I curated two installations from a major promised gift to the institution in celebration of the donor and the expanding scope of the American collection. These rotations illustrate how American artists used medium specificity and abstraction at mid-century to transition from stylization in the early-twentieth century to the pluralism of subjects and materials in twenty-first century art.
For Freedoms: Human Rights and Civil Rightshas been up for a few months now at the BMA. In Birmingham, the topic of freedom is particularly revered as the city is still reconciling its history of civil rights abuses of people of color. The visitor response wall grows daily – the image here is a few weeks old now. Norman Lewis’s Alabama II (1969) looks striking in the 8th-Avenue lobby.
I was thrilled to co-curate this exhibition with Katelyn Crawford, the Curator of American Art at the BMA. Catch it before it closes on November 18, 2018.
Roma: Sketchbooks and Drawings from the 2015 AU Department of Art & Art History’s Art in Rome Study Abroad showcases artwork by students responding to living in Rome for five weeks. Additionally the exhibition showcases ephemera collected by the students abroad; mementos, menus, souvenirs, pictures, and newspapers, which reflect their overall experiences. The combination of artwork and materials from Rome provides a compelling argument for the rich social and cultural experience to be gained from studying abroad. Students who participated in the program will be available during the closing reception on Friday, October 23rd to answer questions and provide personal anecdotes about their adventures.