Museum Of Art Opens Three New Exhibitions

Museum Of Art Opens Three New Exhibitions

Monday, August 19, 2013
green bubbleJoan Walton, Green Bubble, 7" x 9.5" x 8"

Three new exhibitions featuring sculptures by regional ceramicists, still life paintings from 19th and 20th century American artists, and a new installation of public sculpture will be on view at the Museum of Art beginning Aug. 28. A reception for “Touch the Earth,” “Caught up with Reality,” and “Wendy Klemperer: Release and Restrainttakes place Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6-8 p.m.

The Museum of Art and its programs are open to the pubic free of charge.

“Touch the Earth”

Works of art that comment on the regional diversity of the landscape, from beaches, forests, and deserts to the residue of urban development, art the focus of “Touch the Earth.” Each of the four ceramicists Al Jaeger, N.H.; Warren Mather, Mass., Jonathan Mess, Maine; and Joan Walton, New York, create sculptures that display an intimate knowledge of their immediate surroundings, each object a microcosm of the area in which they work.

From his studio situated on 180 acres, Jaeger creates work that recalls the diverse topography of his property. From granite outcroppings, to fieldstones unearthed in his fields, to the actual sand and mineral particulates he adds to the clay bodies with which he works, Jaeger’s pieces display an intimate sense of place.

Mather received his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin (1969), and is the originator of sodium carbonate spray as a substitute for salt glaze firing. Recent works are panoramas of urban and nature imagery from digital photographs that are screen printed, hand colored, fired and glazed on ceramic wall pieces.

An artist and an educator, Mess creates experimental works using recycled ceramic materials and referencing land forms. He studied art at the University of Toledo, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art at the University of Montana, Missoula in 1998, and an Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics at the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2008.  Mess recycles clay to create densely layered sculptures that suggest excavated soil samples. Not content to explore the surface of the landscape, his sculptures appear to peel back the outer layer of the land, digging in for closer examination of the accumulation of natural and human debris.

Walton began to work with clay in 1998 after an extensive career as an art director and photo editor. She studied ceramics at the Parsons School of Design, and her work explores her thoughts about exposure and protection, vulnerability and inaccessibility, and the passage of time and beauty. 

“Caught Up With Reality” 

The still life as subject provided opportunities for late 19th and 20th-century American artists to investigate their understanding of vision and perception as shifting and multi-faceted, or to choose objects as symbols to critique cultural themes. Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition examines ways artists explored realism as an illusionistic window as well as expressed contemporary ideas of constructing meaning in art.

The exhibition includes works by Peter Agrafiotis, James Aponovich, Sam Cady, Jim Dine, Janet Fish, Audrey Flack, Betsey Garand, Beverly Hallam, John W. Hatch, Richard Haynes, Page Hazelgrove, Jasper Johns, John Laurent, Jerry MacMichael, Hermann Dudley Murphy, Betye Saar, Scott Schnepf, Andy Warhol, and Herber Waters.   

1)	Wendy Klemperer, Chain-Hound VI, 2000, steel and epoxy, 48” x 60” 48Wendy Klemperer, “Chain-Hound VI, 2000”, steel and epoxy, 48” x 60” 48

“Wendy Klemperer: Restraint and Release”

Brooklyn-based artist Wendy Klemperer fashions arresting, realistic looking wildlife sculptures from welded scraps of steel—a material that conveys the raw, untamed quality of the animals she depicts. This two-year exhibition features “Chain Hounds” and Caribou (Ihumataq), which is located at the front of the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center. “Wendy Klemperer: Restraint and Release” is on view in the Mills Courtyard through May 2015, and is provided with support from the FEDCO Charitable Foundation.

The Museum of Art is open during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed Fridays, University holidays and on Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. 

Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713. 

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or

visit www.unh.edu/moa.