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New Exhibitions at the Museum Of Art, Featuring Prints by Sidney Hurwitz

September 9, 2009

Works by Boston printmaker Sidney Hurwitz, showcasing industrial architecture and urban landscapes, will be presented in a new exhibition, “Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades,” opening at the Museum of Art with a preview reception on Friday, Sept. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Running concurrently, “What’s New? Recent Additions to the Collection” features drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs by 15 renowned artists, including Rockwell Kent, Janet Fish, Judy Pfaff, Sam Cady, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Both exhibitions run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 21. The preview reception, exhibitions, and accompanying educational programs are all open to the public free of charge.

Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades
Hurwitz’s complex and austere prints capture the essence of the bygone era of industrial sites. His work focuses on architectural structures found in urban landscapes locally and abroad--from sites in Boston to Ohio, Indiana, and Maryland and abroad, including Italy and Germany.

In each work, the intricate geometric forms of factories, bridges, docks, and train stations are reminders of structures that are quickly disappearing from our cultural landscape. Never idealized, but with great respect, Hurwitz's hand-colored etchings with aquatint are a way of preserving the integrity of the structures. The strength of his images lie in their ability to serve as meditative reflections of a heroic past of American industry, while questioning issues of the structure’s abandonment, impact on the environment, and future use.

Professor Emeritus Hurwitz taught at the Boston University School of Visual Arts from 1965 until his retirement in 1999, and his prints are included in such notable collections as the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Boston Public Library, and the Krakow National Museum, as well as the permanent collection of UNH.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a three-part ArtBreak series of programs will be offered at the Museum of Art. The series, “Old Form, New Function: The Changing Urban Landscape” will feature a gallery talk with Hurwitz Wednesday, Sept. 23; a panel discussion on urban development, culture, and sustainability with Doug Bencks and Erin Bell, Wednesday, Oct.7; and a presentation on the architectural rehabilitation and corporate re-purposing of the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) building by Doris Burke, PSNH, on Wednesday, Oct. 21. All programs in the series will be held in the Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center bat noon.

“Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades”was organized by Boston University School of Visual Arts and Boston University Art Gallery, and is sponsored at UNH in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art. Selected images from Hurwitz exhibit include:

Sidney Hurwitz, “Bethlehem III”
1997, watercolor & aquatint, 18 7/8” x 16 1/2”
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Sidney Hurwitz, “Sextet,” 1995, watercolor & aquatint, 23 1/2 x 18 1/2
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Sidney Hurwitz,“Abandoned Factory,”1982, watercolor & aquatint, 18 ¾” x 24 ½”
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Sidney Hurwitz,“Duisburg-Thyssen I”2002, watercolor & aquatint, 16 7/8” x 20 ¾”
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What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection
“What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection” features 27 drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs recently acquired by the Museum of Art for its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases the diverse media, techniques, and subject matter utilized by fifteen well-known artists, including Sam Cady, Leonard Edmondson, Janet Fish, Sam Gilliam, Elyot Henderson, Rockwell Kent, Paul Landacre, Don Lent, Bridget Lynch, Judy Pfaff, the lithography firm of Sarony, Major and Knapp, as well as works by Joseph Lindon Smith, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, and Melvin Zabarsky.

The Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes more than 1,600 works of art used by the museum for exhibition, teaching and research. These new acquisitions will enhance the Museum of Art’s collection, and strengthen its commitment to preserve and publicly present important works of art.    

Selected images from “What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection” include:

Elyot Henderson, “Cape Neddick River,” 1967, oil on canvas, 36 1/4" x 60", Gift of Sydney E. Henderson, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2009.1
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Sam Gilliam, “Cool” “Zebras16,” 1997, woodcut, relief print, and paint on handmade paper (16/23), 12 1/2" x 12 1/2", Purchased through the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2008.8
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Paul Landacre, “Growing Corn,” 1938, wood engraving (29/6), 8 3/4" x 4 1/2", Purchased through the Edmund G. Miller Art Collection Fund, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2008.6.3.
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Savory, Major and Knapp (after Rembrandt Peale, 1778 -1860), “The Court of Death,” 1859, chromolithograph, 23" x 32", Gift of John and Ruth Page in honor of Vicki C. Wright, Director, Museum of Art, UNH, 1986-2008, Collection of the Museum of Art, UNH, 2008.4
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“Sidney Hurwitz: Five Decades” and “What's New? Recent Additions to the Collection” will be on view through Oct. 21. Both exhibitions and their accompanying programs are funded in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art, the Museum’s membership organization.  For more information on the Friends, contact the Museum of Art at 2-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

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 and university holidays.

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.

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