Camden Park Presents Art on a Limb

November 21 - January 7, 2018

​During the holiday season, HMA exhibits trees throughout the museum that are adorned with handmade works of art by area artists. Not only does this celebrate the season, but it also celebrates our area artists. The Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall is home to the Palette Tree featuring 50 artists’ palettes decorated by 50 different artists in our area. Other trees feature the creations of wood workers, folk artists, members of the West Virginia Bead Society, members of the Tri-Area Needle Arts (TANA), members of The Calligraphers Guild, and members of the Western Weavers Guild of the West Virginia Basketmakers Association.

This exhibit is presented by Camden Park.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Ray Smith will speak about his work and sign copies of his book at HMA as part of the 4th Tuesday Tour Series on January 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. This is a Macy’s Free Tuesday event.

In the summer of 1974, Ray Smith set out from New Haven, Connecticut, with a friend and two medium-format, twin-lens cameras to see and photograph America. They traveled in a VW Beetle for six weeks until the car broke down in Kansas City. Smith then returned home and took a job taking photographs of students around the country for their campus identification cards. Between assignments and during breaks he continued photographing for this project through September.

With a tight budget for film throughout the year, Smith carefully selected people, places, and things to photograph, amassing about 750 frames of 2¼” x 2¼” black and white film. He promptly processed the film and printed about two hundred of the images, exhibiting and publishing several of the photographs over the years. Since 1979, few of his images have been seen by anyone but the artist until recently.

Now, more than 40 years after Smith’s sojourn, he shares 52 of his photographs that document the journey. The artist has sequenced the images so that the ensemble is more than the sum of the parts, and he has independently produced a book that illustrates the photographs with insightful commentary by two historians of art and culture.

In Time We Shall Know Ourselves is a remarkable achievement. It was instigated by Smith’s love of photography, nurtured by his formal education in American Studies, and focused by his keen appreciation of Robert Frank’s The Americans (1958)—perhaps the most influential book of photographs published in the 20th century—and his profound respect for photographs by Walker Evans, his mentor at Yale whose American Photographs (1938) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (with James Agee, 1941) rival The Americans.

Evans and Frank have informed Smith’s work, but In Time We Shall Know Ourselves stands as an independent statement about America and about photography in Smith’s times and places. He has written that his photography is “more closely related to literature, especially fiction…than it is to the other visual arts,” and that the “portrait is primary, and the photograph is a short story exploding beyond its frame.”

Here and now, these vivid short stories explode into an epic travel narrative, a great American novel set in the 1970s but with its culmination in its publication and exhibition today. The photographs, book, and exhibition serve not only as windows through which we see an earlier age, but also serve as a mirror in which, in time, we may learn something of ourselves.

Presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Huntington Museum of Art lost a longtime friend and patron in 2014 when Malcolm Goldstein passed away at the age of 89. He had donated a number of artworks to the collection, beginning with a gift in 1976 of a suite of six prints by Cy Twombly, Roman Notes I-VI.

Over the next several decades, he donated important works by contemporary artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, Lee Bontecou and Jim Dine to the collection. Though he moved to New York many years ago, he visited Huntington often and never forgot his hometown and its museum.

When the Huntington Museum of Art published a catalog in 2002 in celebration of its 50th anniversary, Malcolm contributed an essay which praised the museum as a “vital source of enjoyment and intellectual enrichment for the community and region.” Following his death, he left a sizable bequest to benefit the museum and its programs.

Goldstein was born in Huntington in 1925, the son of Jack and Lydia Cohen Goldstein. After attending local public schools during his younger years, he attended Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. Following his graduation, he enrolled at Princeton University in the summer of 1943. His time there was interrupted by military service in World War II, but he returned after his discharge and graduated in 1949. He then went on to earn graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in English Literature, from Columbia University. After a brief stint as an instructor in the English Department at Stanford University, he moved on to teach at Queens College in New York, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. He authored a number of books on the history of English and American theatre, including books on Alexander Pope, Thornton Wilder and George S. Kaufman. His final published work was Landscape With Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States, a topic that reflected a lifelong interest in art and art collecting.

To celebrate the contributions of Malcolm Goldstein to the Huntington Museum of Art, this exhibition will showcase 14 works of art that he gave to the institution. With the exception of an historic print by John James Audubon, the remaining works are by 20th century American artists. Together these works form an important part of the contemporary art holdings of the Huntington Museum of Art and serve as a lasting memorial to a dedicated friend and patron.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery

March 9 - March 11, 2018

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery is a traveling exhibition space housed in a restored 1967 Airstream trailer. Artwork by various ceramic artists in the Artstream is for sale. The Artstream Nomadic Gallery will visit the Huntington Museum of Art on March 9, 2018, and Pullman Square in downtown Huntington on March 10 and 11, 2018. The Artstream Nomadic Gallery strives to place contemporary studio pottery into the hands and homes of the public, and has made stops in more than 300 locations across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, Houston to Minneapolis.

The Artstream Nomadic Gallery has been putting contemporary studio pottery on the street for years. Based in Carbondale, CO, and founded in 2002 by past Walter Gropius Master Artist, Alleghany Meadows, the Artstream has exhibited work by more than 125 national, international, and emerging ceramic artists. An exhibition featuring 26 artists, 13 of whom are past visiting artists at the museum, will be on display at the Huntington Museum of Art from February 24, 2018, through May 20, 2018.