Museum of Art Exhibitions Focus on Cultural Impact of Social Issues

Museum of Art Exhibitions Focus on Cultural Impact of Social Issues

Friday, October 11, 2013

Two exhibitions focusing on the cultural impact of social, economic, and historic events are on view at the Museum of Art. “Honoré Daumier: Images of Protest, Voice of Dissent” and Wake Up Call: Recent Work by Raul Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay” runs through through Dec. 8. The Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge.

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Honoré Daumier, “Running to Rejoin the Rebels,” 1854, lithograph (2nd state) on newsprint, 9 5/8" x 8 1/8", Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lee, collection of the Museum of Art, 1976.514.40

“Honoré Daumier: Images of Protest, Voice of Dissent”

In the span of four decades, Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) produced more than 4,000 lithographic prints of social and political satire, often during periods of governmental censorship of the press. These prints from the Museum of Art’s permanent collection express Daumier's criticisms of French foreign policies and ambitions during The Second French Empire (1852–1870) a period of political upheaval in Europe, Asia, and Haiti.

In conjunction with Honoré Daumier, a public gallery talk and print demonstration by Scott Schnepf, professor of art and art history, will be presented Wednesday, Nov.13 at noon.  This ArtBreak program will begin at the Museum of Art.

“Wake Up Call: Recent Work by Raul Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay”

Recent drawings and installations by El Paso natives Raul Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay focus on the cultural impact of the drug trade and gang activity affecting Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, once considered the murder capital of the world. Included is Gonzalez's Los Nuevos Guerreros, a series of 101 darkly comic, graphic depictions of fictional characters who inhabit a hyper-violent society, and Bay's Ayudanos!, a video lamentation to the hundreds of women whose abductions and murders have been met with judicial indifference.

A public gallery talk with Raul Gonzalez, in which the artist will discuss his technique and the cultural changes that have influenced his choice of subject matter, will be presented as part of the Museum’s ArtBreak series Wednesday, Nov. 20 at noon. in the Museum of Art.

The Museum of Art, located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, is open during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Fridays, university holidays and Nov. 11 and Nov. 27-Dec. 1. For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 22-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.