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Courtyard Series: Mike Bowen

October 28 - March 11, 2018

Anthem for an Old Tomorrow, a large-scale work created by Mike Bowen in 2010, will be the latest in a series of sculptural works on display during the winter months in the museum’s courtyard. Bowen, who holds an undergraduate degree from Marshall University and a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina, has exhibited his work in a number of juried and invitational shows. He teaches at both Shawnee State University and Marshall University.

Anthem for an Old Tomorrow uses futuristic architecture to represent the connections we make in our lives, and the efforts we make to maintain them,” Bowen says. “Each time the piece is exhibited it takes on new form as elements are added to the original piece. However, even as the new creation takes form, nature, time and the elements wear away and decay the surface, creating the need for constant attention and maintenance.”

Bowen maintains a studio at his home in Huntington with wife Allison, son Benjamen, and three dogs.

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.

Reach for the Sky

November 4 - February 4, 2018

Artists have often turned to the beauty and mystery of the sky as sources of inspiration. From the rich blue canopy seen on a summer day to the dark, menacing look of an approaching storm, the majestic brightness of the moon and stars, or the calming effect of a peaceful sunset, the emotional pull of the heavens is a strong attraction. Reach for the Sky brings together a group of works from the HMA permanent collection that features the shifting appearances of Earth’s upper atmosphere and sometimes even the realms beyond Earth.

From the masterful skies of Charles Harold Davis to the otherworldly views of famed science fiction artist Chesley Bonestell, the exhibit will feature not only paintings and prints but also decorative arts such as glass and furniture. A wide variety of eras and artistic styles will be included, such as 19th century paintings by Charles Daubigny and Eugene Boudin, work by 20th century masters such as Sonia Delaunay, Rockwell Kent and Ralph Blakelock, and contemporary painters such as Donald Sultan and Tula Telfair.

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.

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.