Current Exhibitions

Regarding Realism
John N. Stern Gallery
August 6, 2013 through June 22, 2014

In its various forms, Realism comprises an attempt to find an aesthetic that is true to life. Beginning with artists from mid-nineteenth century France -- where the Realist movement first achieved cohesion -- then expanding to areas such as The Hague and twentieth-century rural and urban America, Regarding Realism explores various approaches undertaken by artists who shared a common goal of faithfully depicting the ambient world. The various techniques, subjects, and practices used by the artists represented reflect not only the complexity of contemporary life, but also the enormity of their artistic project.

Modern and Contemporary Realisms
Ellen Johnson Gallery
August 6, 2013 through June 22, 2014

Featuring works from the AMAM’s collection representing movements such as Surrealism, Pop, Socialist Realism, and Photorealism, this exhibition examines diverse approaches to the concept of realism from the 20th and 21st centuries. The paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs on view in Modern and Contemporary Realisms are all united by their origin in a recognizable subject, but are realized with varying degrees of naturalism. Rather than attempting to create truthful representations of actual people, places, or objects, these artists filter their subjects through their own particular style or aesthetic.

Between Fact and Fantasy: The Artistic Imagination in Print
Ripin Print Gallery
February 6 through June 22, 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 June 22, 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 June 22, 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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