Phenomenal works by Barbara Chase-Riboud, that honor slain human rights leader Malcolm X, are on view through November 4th at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. More information can be found here.
Seeds, Steeds and Beautiful Weeds: In the Wildflower Meadow
Ladew Topiary Gardens are stunning and present the work of artist-in-residence Matthew Harris. His works of forged and cast metal are great nature-themed works in the garden.
Sheldon Museum of Art
The permanent collection exhibition at the Sheldon Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was a highlight of my recent trip to the region. The artists within their permanent collection exhibition are varied and show the range and breadth of their collecting practices over the last 125 years of existence Sheldon Art Association. For more information on the Museum click here.
Enjoy some highlights from my visit:
Hands On: Build a Kingdom
On Sunday, August 16th from 2-4pm families are invited to a drop-in workshop inspired by Lauren Halsey’s artwork in the Everything, Everyday exhibition at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a 2014-15 Artist in Residence Lauren constructed one of her “kingdoms,” built environments that combine contemporary and ancient imagery with materials ranging from crystals and LEDs to lasers, iridescent light and more in the Mezzanine Gallery space. Families are invited to think on how might they build their own kingdom and create their own sculptural creations.
Below are some photographs I took of the installation at The Studio Museum in Harlem
Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa
Within my time in Los Angeles I had the pleasure of visiting LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and its new gallery and initiative dedicated to the arts of Africa. Through educational programs and outreach the new initiative will provide audiences of all age levels with the experience of exhibitions and the permanent collection dedicated to the arts of Africa. The new gallery gives a more permanent presence at the Museum for the arts of Africa.
LACMA states on their wall text as you enter the gallery, “Situated next to the Egyptian gallery, this new space will foster [the] understanding of the relationships between sub-Saharan Africa and ancient Egypt as part of the shared continent of Africa, and signals LACMA’s commitment to presenting Africa’s innumerable artistic and cultural legacies”.
The first exhibition of the initiative is entitled “Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa”, representing a glimpse of the society which is one of the most important kingdoms in Central Africa. LACMA collaborated with the staff of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, in Teruvren, Belgium, specifically with Anne-Marie Bouttiaux who is the Head of the Ethnography Division and served as co-curator of the exhibition.
Within the exhibition you can find a glimpse into the Luba society with emblems from Luba rulers. Not only do you view the arts, you also get a sneak into the underpinnings of authority. One proverb states, “Men are chiefs in the daytime, but women are chiefs at night.” Although Luba arts were made and owned by men, the arts almost always represent women, showing the role women played in their communities and their importance.
In addition to historical works, there is an installation entitled Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005) by the Luba artist Aimé Mpane, borrowed from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art. There is a male figure made from 4,652 match sticks displaying human strength and fragility with light playing against shadow.