From pastel drawings of the marble panels on Greece’s Parthenon in Athens to the painted and penciled works by alumni and faculty, the Phillips Museum of Art presents a fall of fascinating exhibits.
“An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab” opened Sept. 20 in the Rothman Gallery. Schwab integrates her knowledge of art, history and archaeology in a series of 35 graphite and pastel drawings of Parthenon marble panels, said Professor of English Tamara Goeglein, the museum’s interim director. The exhibit includes a life-size plaster cast of a panel.
Ann Steiner, the Shirley Watkins Steinman Professor of Classics and Bonchek College House Don, will fold the exhibit into her fall course, "Greek Art & Archaeology.”
Schawb will deliver a lecture, "Drawing the Parthenon Sculpture (Or Trying to See What is No Longer Visible),” in the Rothman Gallery at 5 p.m. Sept. 21.
From now through Dec. 9, the museum offers two extraordinary exhibits.
In the Gibson Curriculum Gallery, the Alumni Arts Exhibition celebrates the first five volumes of the F&M Alumni Arts Review by exhibiting the fine art of select alumni whose work was featured in these volumes.
In the Dana Gallery, the museum honors the diverse artwork of F&M’s faculty in the Department of Art and Art History.
Also opened this week in the Martin Library of the Sciences is a show of 12 portraits of Maine painter Robert Shetterly’s traveling exhibition of American citizens who stood for social, environmental and economic fairness. The portraits highlight Americans whose stance against book-burning plays a thematic role in Professor of Science, Technology and Society James Strick's fall course, "Nuclear Power, Weapons and Waste Disposal."
Displayed on the first floor of the library, the portraits will remain through the American Library Association's Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) and will close Nov. 15.
The final exhibit of the season, in the Dana Gallery from Oct. 25 to Dec. 9, is “Reach,” F&M Professor of English Padmini Mongia's second solo show at the Phillips Museum. Mongia says “Reach” exhibits the creative process of her moving – reaching – from the verbal arts to the visual arts even as it plays with scale, with very small abstract artworks reaching to larger ones in this show of ink and acrylic on canvas.
Phillips' Bill Hutson Collection Shows at University of Delaware Museum
Selections from the Phillips Museum of Art's Bill Hutson collection is on loan and being displayed at the University of Delaware.
The collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper mainly focused on black American abstract artists during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, as well as hundreds of works done by Hutson himself from the 1950s to the present. The collection documents a pivotal time in abstract art and follows Hutson's development, artistic experimentation, relationships and collecting over decades.