McCleary Bunch Washington was an African-American artist who designed, authored and edited the first major book ever produced about a black American artist. The Art of Romare Bearden: The Prevalence of Ritual (Abrams, 1973). Romare Bearden is now considered one of Amercia's preeminent artists. Conversely, Washington struggled with chronic poverty and trauma-induced mental illness during much of his life, and spent his last few years homeless in New York City. Painting With Light uses Washington's signature technique, the Transparent College, as a catalyst for reflection about the relationship between art, culture, and mental health.
The European journey was a mandatory component of American architectural education in the early 20th century. With the outbreak of World War I, architects confronted the realities of trench warfare and the mass destruction of the continent's building heritage. Their collective experiences shaped how Americans commemorated the war through the erection of war monuments, scholarly investigations, and the preservation of cultural heritage. Five architects, in particular, helped shape the language of commemoration. The exhibition brings together original drawings by Paul P. Cret, Ralph Adams Cram, William J.H. Hough, Leicester B. Holland and Richard Stillwell.
Before Rosie the Riveter: Women and Work in World War I is an exhibition that gives us a closer look at women's participation in the First World War. While most are familiar with the figure of "Rosie the Riveter," the World War II war worker who took on previously male jobs to free men for military service and to keep the economy going while men were mobilized by the war, Rosie's mother actually broke the initial barriers against women's work in factories, on farms and in "male only jobs" like police, operators of heavy machinery, and transportation. The exhibit focuses on the massive propaganda effort to bring women into the wartime workforce and on women's patriotic response to that effor. In 1920, American women would have the vote. In 1918-19, they demonstrated their commitment to citizenship as the world went to war.
In the Cinematic Fixations exhibition, Jeffrey Moser examines the current transformation of audio/visual culture from physical artifacts into digital representations. The time-based video and sculptural works explore the process of digitization, the subsequent loss of physical mediums, and the application of data visusalization to create unique topographies. Moser's use of appropriated material explores issues of copyright and ownership of culture while presenting familiar and iconic cinematic imagery in surprising configurations. Using custom computer programs, Moser arranges sequential frames of motion pictures into lines, grids, circles, and three-dimensional forms--redefining the traditional motion picture 'remake.'
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