10/23/2002 10:33:00 PMLYNCHBURG, Va.‚Äî The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman‚Äôs College will open two new exhibitions on October 26th. Both exhibitions will remain on view through December 15th.
In celebration of the building‚Äôs 50th anniversary this autumn, Museum staff has organized An Art Gallery for R-MWC, a display of vintage photographs, architectural drawings, and news clippings that commemorate the gallery‚Äôs construction and dedication. Originally built by the National Gallery of Art as an emergency repository, the facility that now houses the Museum was dedicated in December 1952, beginning a new era in the history of the College‚Äôs renowned art collection.
In addition, the Museum‚Äôs 92nd Annual Exhibition of contemporary American art also opens on October 26th. Titled The View from Here: The Contemporary Landscape, the installation features 17 works by five artists: painters Rackstraw Downes and Richard Crozier, photographers Emmet Gowin and Joel Sternfeld, and sculptor Alison Moritsugu. The View from Here focuses on commonplace scenes of the world in which we live today, depicting freeways, construction sites, and abandoned buildings. Through these images, the artists persuade us to look carefully and deeply at the real places in which we live, bringing to the foreground an examination of that uneasy edge where the man-made environment and the natural world meet in unexpectedly beautiful and disturbing ways.
The View from Here will be accompanied by the 12th annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00-4:00 P.M., at the Maier Museum of Art. The three panelists will be painter Rackstraw Downes, photographer Emmet Gowin, and cultural historian John Stilgoe of Harvard University. Randolph-Macon Woman‚Äôs College Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Karin Warren will moderate.
For more information, call the Museum at 434-947-8136 or visit their newly redesigned web site here.
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