Fall Exhibitions Season at Tacoma Art Museum
I don’t think this went out properly the first time, so here it is again.
1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
June 28, 2006
Media Contact: Alyssa Rosso, Public Relations Coordinator, 253.272.4258 x3002, arosso@TacomaArtMuseum.org
Fall Exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum
The Colorful Illustrations of Eric Carle Plus Two MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Winners
Symphonic Poem: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
September 16, 2006 – January 28, 2007
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson offers an artistic voice and commentary on the African-American experience. An artist of depth and distinction, she was granted the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2004. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Robinson’s subject matter takes the stories of African-American neighborhoods of Sellsville and Poindexter Village as a point of departure. By creating vibrant art that speaks eloquently about social change, courage, and humanity, Robinson reflects the times in which she has lived and the struggle for civil rights and social justice. In her embrace of African-American cultural history and of its narratives, her work recalls artists Jacob Lawrence and Romare Beardon, among others.
She uses a wide mix of media in her work: Fabric, needlepoint, paint, ink, charcoal, clay, and found objects create both two- and three-dimensional works that intentionally draw from folk and craft traditions. Intentionally blurring boundaries between folk art and fine art, Robinson’s art is as colorful as it is imaginative in its combination of materials, processes, narratives, and traditions.
The exhibition is organized by the Columbus Art Museum in partnership with Arts Midwest and the Ohio Arts Council, and is touring nationally from Columbus to Brooklyn, Toledo, and Tacoma, the only West Coast venue. The Tacoma Art Museum presentation is supported by Key Foundation – a foundation funded by Key Bank.
September 26 – December 31, 2006
The installation Conloninpurple is a five-octave, room-sized metal and wood instrument that produces natural sounds played by museum visitors or pre-composed musical sequences. This exhibition is part of the year-long regional survey of Trimpin, a German-born composer and sculptor who has lived and worked in Seattle since 1979. A tribute to the composer Conlon Nancarrow, a great influence on Trimpin’s work, Conloninpurple incorporates compositions based on time and space. The Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana, originally commissioned and organized this popular installation.
Trimpin is an independent researcher and experimenter in musical, acoustical, and sound sculpture design, combining music composition, kinetics, and computer technology. In 1997, he received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant for his extraordinary mind and talent. During 2005 and 2006, a consortium of ten regional art organizations presented Trimpin’s work through sequential exhibitions of newly commissioned and major past installations. This collaborative project honors his life and the work he created in this region for the past 25 years. Tacoma Art Museum is proud to be the culminating venue.
The Art of Eric Carle
October 7, 2006 – January 14, 2007
This exhibition presents a career survey of original artwork by one of the most acclaimed illustrators of children’s picture books, Eric Carle. Most known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. He creates collages using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to create bright and cheerful characters known across generations. The themes of Carle’s stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature. His beautiful artwork, in combination with his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth, makes reading his books a stimulating and lasting experience. The exhibition includes more than forty works of art created for such classics as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and many more.
The Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts, and is traveling nationally.
Telling Stories: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
October 14, 2006 onward
This thematic selection from Tacoma Art Museum’s permanent collection explores how artists capture the spirit and essence of narrative tales. Following closely the narrative structure of stories, themes will include character (portraiture), setting (landscape and still life), and plot development and resolution (figurative works). The exhibition will include many favorites from the museum’s collection, surveying works made from the late 1890s to the present. Highlights will include well-known paintings such as The Two Sisters by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Ballet in the Park by Everett Shinn. The art of the Northwest will be showcased with works by Morris Graves, Jacob Lawrence, Joseph Park, Barbara Earl Thomas, Patti Warashina, and others.
The exhibition is organized by Tacoma Art Museum.
Dale Chihuly Collection
This permanent display of glass artworks by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly is the premier collection of the artist’s work on public long-term display. The collection dates 1977 to the present, and features examples from many of the artist’s major series, including Baskets, Sea Forms, Cylinders, Macchia, Persians, and Venetians.
Tacoma Art Museum’s mission is to connect people through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum’s five galleries display an array of top national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located in the downtown Cultural District, near the Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Union Station.
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