Cummer Museum Updates

By: Amy Chamberlin, Associate Director of Marketing
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

As we continue to celebrate the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza and the expanded Café at The Cummer, we are also opening new exhibitions in October and November to kick off the fall season.

Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, on view through January 5, 2014, brings together 58 examples of American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, works that exposed and sometimes celebrated a changing America.  The exhibition will highlight works by some of the most respected American artists of the early 20th century, including Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, and Clarence Carter, as well as introduce such fascinating artists as Clyde Singer, Lois Mabel Head, Arthur Osver, and others. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are structured thematically to reveal concerns of American painters from every region of the country.  This exhibition is organized and circulated by The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Prints of William Walmsley opens on October 29 and runs through July 8, 2014.  A professor at Florida State University, Bill Walmsley was known for his blatant irony, raucous humor, and shameless punning. He is also regarded as an impressive printmaker (he holds the record for the longest series of prints in the history of art) and the inventor of florescent lithography. His works are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum at William and Mary, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and Columbus Museum, among others. This exhibition will highlight the works by Walmsley in The Cummer’s permanent collection.

The Art of Empathy: The Cummer Mother of Sorrows in Context opens November 26 and runs through February 16, 2014.  This exhibition is designed to showcase a masterwork in The Cummer’s permanent collection, Mother of Sorrows (c. 1470). It is one of only five known works by the Master of the Stötteritz Altar and was declared the “most important discovery in early German painting” by art historian Colin Eisler when it entered the collection in 1984. The exhibition, curated by David S. Areford, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will present new art historical and technical research that suggests that this work is a crucial link to the most important artists of Nuremberg (especially Hans Pleydenwurff and Michael Wolgemut, the teacher of Albrecht Dürer), as well as the German painter/printmaker Martin Schongauer.  The exhibition aims to illuminate the rich world of late medieval religious devotion, especially the cultivation of empathy. The artistic and devotional contexts will be explored through 19 carefully selected artworks borrowed from collections in the United States and Germany, including the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Walters Art Museum, Houston’s Blaffer Foundation, Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, Munich’s Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, and Aschaffenburg’s Stiftsmuseum.

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