Current Exhibitions

Between Fact and Fantasy: The Artistic Imagination in Print
Ripin Print Gallery
February 6 through July 27, 2014

Over 140 woodblock prints, engravings, etchings, lithographs and mezzotints from the AMAM’s collection are brought together in an attempt to answer the question: how did artists depict something they did not observe? Prior to the commonplace use of abstraction and photography, artists used imaginative interpretations of traditional forms to portray miracles, mythological figures and creatures, visions, abstract concepts, and places and historical events they did not witness. Although they often framed their musings within established iconography and modes of representation, they frequently used those moorings as a point of departure, creating something entirely new.

The Legacy of Socialist Realism
West Ambulatory
February 6 through July 20, 2014

This exhibition reveals the influence of Socialist Realism, the only officially condoned style for artists in the Soviet Union and many of its satellite states, on two contemporary artists: Bulgarian-born Christo and East Germany-born Gerhard Richter. In their twenties, both fled their home countries behind the Iron Curtain in search of artistic freedom in the West. Both artists also rose to world fame, in part due to their rigorous training in Socialist Realist methods. Other artists, such as Yugoslavian Marko Spalatin, Albanian Anri Sala, and American Tom Zetterstrom, view Socialist reality from without, as outsiders looking in. Their works comment on the restrictive artistic and social conditions imposed by totalitarian control, or the bleak post-Socialist world, divested of the idealized semblance that the official visual rhetoric projected round the clock.

Prints and Printmaking
Education Hallway
February 6 through July 20, 2014

This exhibition explores the different techniques for making prints—from woodblock impressions to lithography—as well as how prints were used in a variety of cultures and time periods. No matter what the technique or purpose, all forms of printmaking share something in common: the ability to produce multiple copies quickly and accurately. Once the only exact method of reproduction available, printmaking continues to hold great allure for artists today.


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