Past Exhibitions of 2006
Kenna (English, born 1953)
Nightwalk, Surrey, England, negative 1983, print 1985
Sepia and Selenium toned silver gelatin print
Gift of Henry V. Heuser, Jr.
17, 2006 - March 25, 2007
is one of the world’s preeminent landscape photographers.
These 22 lyrical images explore the complex relationship between
man and the environment.
never portrays humans in his photographs, the viewer senses mankind’s
lingering presence in the form of unoccupied park benches, carefully
manicured trees, or imposing architectural structures. This exhibition
Shonibare (English, born 1962)
Three Graces, 2001
Dutch wax printed cotton textile, three life-size fiberglass
mannequins, three aluminum bases
Purchased with funds from the Alice Speed Stoll Accessions
October 10, 2006 – February 4, 2007
strives to open up debate about the social, cultural and political
issues that shape our histories and construct identity. His work
takes the form of photographic and three-dimensional sculptures
that often quote west art and literature in ways that are humorous
well as Three Graces, this exhibition will feature works from
Shonibare’s Dorian Gray series.
Irwin (American, born 1959)
Skin Diary, 2004
31 sheets of Sekishu paper with pigment and shellac
Gift of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Stephen Reily and
Emily Bingham, Henry and Barbara Ormsby, and Tabb Ormsby,
Carolyn and Jim Hutto, John and Debra Lair, Anne Speed Meyers,
Leslie and James Millar, David and Kelly Mount and Alexander
Two installation works from the contemporary collection Alfredo
Jaar’s Eyes of Gutete Emerita and Stephen Irwin’s
February 4, 2007
has concerned himself with the interchange that happens between
first and third world countries and has increasingly focused on
the invisibility of third world suffering and especially, as in
The Eyes of Gutete Emerita, the Rwanda genocide. On two light
boxes, as the story of Gutete Emerita’s unfolds, her eyes
appear for a fraction of a second. Repeated over and over again,
this process reinforces the tragedy of her story impressing it
indelibly upon our emotions.
is a Louisville based artist whose subject matter addresses the
body from both a material and a spiritual perspective. His installation,
Skin Diary is a recent acquisition and is part of the museum’s
program of incorporating important works by regional artists into
the contemporary collection. Surrounding the viewer with sheets
of delicate Japanese paper impregnated with delicate blushes of
color, Skin Diary creates an environment that suggests not only
the physical vulnerability of the body but also its transcendence.
an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney
29, 2006 – January 1, 2007
Ranney, (American, 1813-1857)
Squire Boone Crossing the Mountains with Stores for His
Brother Daniel, Encamped in the Wilds of Kentucky, 1852
Oil on canvas
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Gift from the Estate of Amelia Peabody
exhibition features 60 paintings of American life by early 19th-century
painter William Ranney (1813-1857). Through his depictions of
work, play, and historical events, Ranney helped develop the concept
of an American character. One of this country’s greatest
narrative painters, Ranney depicted portraits, hunting and sporting
scenes, lighthearted genre scenes such as The Sleigh Ride and
Boys Crabbing, and historical subjects such as Washington allying
the Americans at Battle of Princeton and Veterans of 1776 Returning
from the War. Ranney also told the story of western expansion
in such paintings as Daniel Boone’s First View of Kentucky
and scenes of the West, like Trapper Crossing the Mountains, Advice
on the Prairie, and The Pioneer. Created at a time when our country
was first developing and establishing its identity, Ranney’s
vibrant depictions serve as pictorial stories that chronicle this
significant period in American history. The exhibition also includes
firearms from the period and photomurals related to subjects in
an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney was organized
by the Buffalo
Bill Historical Center and is supported in part by
generous contributions from The Henry Luce Foundation, 1957 Charity
Foundation, Mrs. J. Maxwell (Betty) Moran, Mr. Ranney Moran, The
National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation
deserves great art and the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding
from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State
Emulsión Doméstica, 2005, emulsion
of aluminum and wood, 75" x 102" x 102"
Miguel Calderón & Nick Waplington
Serwin-Williams II, 2004, Laser impression
and ironic: 2 Mexicans
is proud to present the work of two important young Mexican artists,
Sofia Taboas and Miguel Calderon.
Taboas makes works that are evocative and ambiguous. She combines
a minimal aesthetic with familiar forms to create beautiful and
often melancholic meditations about everyday experience.
Calderon has gained an international reputation for his use of
prankish humor to approach complex narratives. Acollaboration
with English artist Nick Waplington (born 1963), Sherwin-Williams
I-V (2004) is a series of works where the artist has pasted figures
into the domestic interiors from the Sherwin-Williams company’s
paint advertisements. Beautifully ironic, these images evoke the
dark side of the American Dream where candy-colored interiors
are populated by desperate housewives.
Gilliam, (American, born 1933)
Light Depth, 1969
Acrylic on canvas
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Photo: Mark Gulezian/QuickSilver
6 – September 3, 2006
The first retrospective devoted to African American artist
Sam Gilliam, this exhibition surveys the ever-changing styles
of this Louisville native. Acclaimed for his use of saturated
color and his highly improvisational, spontaneous technique,
Gilliam is regarded as one of the most important and inventive
colorists of the last thirty years. Forty paintings and
unique works on paper from 1967 to the present will be showcased
in the exhibition. Sam Gilliam: a retrospective
is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington,
D.C. This exhibition and related programs are made possible
by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National
Endowment for the Arts and Ellen and Gerry Sigal. Exhibition
tickets are $8, free for Museum members.
Ships off a Rocky Coast, 1667,
National Gallery, Washington
and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
10 – March 26, 2006
exhibition of 17th-century paintings, drawings, and prints, by
Dutch masters, explores the Dutch fascination with subjects that
represent the transformative effects of time or circumstance.
Works by Dutch masters Jacob van Ruisdael, Ludolf Bachhuysen,
Rembrandt, Aelbert Cuyp, and many others will be included in the
exhibition. Tickets are $10, free for Museum members.
Facing the Subject
Erwin (American, born 1951)
Self-Portrait as Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, 2003
Oil on canvas
22 x 14-1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist
14 – June 25, 2006
An exhibition of Louisville artist Gaela Erwin’s paintings
offers an opportunity to explore her work in new and illuminating
ways. In co-curating her own exhibition, Erwin offers us a deep
insight into her subject matter and the way that she conceptualizes
it. At the center of the show is a series of Erwin’s paintings
of herself in the guise of Christian saints and martyrs. Surrounding
these paintings, she has chosen to include historical works from
the Speed’s collection and works by her contemporaries.
Reflecting her interest in the human condition,
images depict pain and spiritual transformation. Contextualized
among her artistic companions they reveal the layered complexity
of her imagination and her deep understanding of the import of
history upon the present. This unique form of exhibition presentation
will create a multiple context for understanding Erwin’s
work and her sense of the contemporary. The exhibition will be
accompanied by a published discussion between the artist and the
Speed’s contemporary curator Julien Robson.
exhibition is made possible with the support of Beverley and Jack
Ballantine, Dr. Gregory L. Brown, Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson,
David and Dale Hyman, Leonard and Adele Leight, Merrily Orsini
and Rick Heath, Stephen Reily and Emily Bingham, and Mary and
Conaway, (American, born 1978)
Our Streets (Cincinnati, Ohio), 2000
Digital pigment print
Lent by Aron Conaway
21 – June 11, 2006
the exhibition are 26 photographs depicting a variety of protests,
actions and demonstrations from the last several decades. Curated
by Bill Carner, of the University of Louisville Photo Archives,
this exhibition documents the unique tradition of iconoclasm and
dissent which seeks to inspire community members to act on their
own beliefs and to respect the rights of others to do the same.
in the exhibition have helped tell the story of the contemporary
human struggle. These images carry their messages beyond the moment
and reach out far beyond their origins. Documenting DISSENT
is about the efforts of both dissenters and photographers who
recorded the struggle. The exhibit includes photographs by J.
B. Calvert, Aron Conaway, Eddie Davis, Robert Doherty, Bob Hower,
Hallie Jones, James Keen, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, Charles
Moore, Jack Norris, William Strode, Ted Wathen and Garry Winogrand.
DISSENT is presented in conjunction with Dissent! A community-wide
discussion bringing together scholars, community groups, arts
organizations and the general public in exploration of dissent
as personal experience, social action and artistic inspiration.
Information on Dissent! programs and events can be found at www.dissentlouisville.org.