Snite Museum Winter Exhibition Schedule 2012

Location: Snite Museum of Art

For more info, see the Snite Museum of Art Calendar

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

A Grand Flourish: Drawings of Architectural Ornament from the Permanent CollectionScholz Family Works on Paper Gallery

January 15–February 26, 2012 

Organized by art history graduate student Elizabeth Peterson, this focus exhibition explores the decorative principles established in Italy by the Renaissance humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti (1401–72) and their dissemination to France in subsequent centuries. Rarely displayed drawings by Perino del Vaga, Giorgio Vasari, Charles de la Fosse, Charles Percier, Gilles-Marie Oppenord, and Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune among others introduce the integral, if subordinate, role of ornament in architecture. 

 

"A Strange Enterprise": Drawings of the French Theatre from the Permanent CollectionScholz Family Works on Paper Gallery

March 18–May 6, 2012

French playwright and actor Molière (1622–73) once said, "It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh." This focus exhibition of Old Master and nineteenth-century drawings related to the theater examines the function and role of the performing arts within political and social discourse in France. The selection presented here includes figure studies and decorative designs by eighteenth-century artists Claude Gillot, Charles Antoine Coypel, and Gilles-Marie Oppenord and their post-revolutionary successors Alexandre Denis Abel de Pujol, James Pradier, and Charles Antoine Cambon.

 

 

Two special exhibitions:

DIGNITY and A Person’s Worth

January 15 – March 11, 2012

Snite Museum of Art 

University of Notre Dame

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The Snite Museum of Art presents two related exhibitions: DIGNITY and A Person’s Worth on view beginning 
January 15, 2012.

 

Rousseau 2012 and Dignity : Are We Just Yet?
Lecture by Christie Mc Donald, professor of French and comparative literature, Harvard University
January 18, 2012  at 5pm.  
Snite Museum of Art 
Annenberg Auditorium

As part of the lecture series: Rousseau 2012 and Dignity : Are We Just Yet? The Snite Museum of Art presents a lecture by Christie McDonald, professor of French and comparative literature, Harvard University January 18th at 5pm.  The lecture title is "Rousseau and Human Rights"

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

 In collaboration with Prof. Julia Douthwaite (French and Francophone Studies), the Snite Museum of Art will install two exhibitions and be the venue for a series of events in spring 2012 that highlight the contributions made to modern humanitarian thinking by the Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–78). Students from a variety of disciplines in the College of Arts and Letters, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights will find their spring 2012 coursework includes visits to these exhibitions and the accompanying lecture series.  Organizer Douthwaite has taken on this project to honor the tercentennial of Rousseau’s birth and to stimulate a cross-disciplinary campus discussion on social justice and human dignity.

The DIGNITY exhibition is a smaller version of a photography exhibition, DIGNITÉ: Droits Humains et Pauvreté (DIGNITY: Human Rights and Poverty) commissioned and organized by the French branch of Amnesty International, which Douthwaite saw with Andrew Kelly (’11) at its opening in Paris. The Snite version of the exhibition will consist of 52, color, large-format digital photographs by five photographers.  It features portraits, landscapes, and personal testimonies of people living in poverty today in Mexico, Egypt, Nigeria, India and Macedonia. The five photographers are Guillaume Herbaut, Michaël Zumstein, Jean-François Joly, Philippe Brault, and Johann Rousselot; two (Brault and Rousselot) will be on campus in February and March to speak in the Snite Museum about their work.

The second exhibition, A Person’s Worth, contains nine prints, three drawings and three photographs selected from the collections of the Museum. These 18th-and 19th-and 20th centuryimages of peasants and craftsmen are offered as examples of how little the economic status of the general population has changed since Rousseau wrote his 1754 treatise, Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men.

 

With the permission of Amnesty International, a condensed English-language version of the DIGNITÉ exhibition catalog will be available.  The text has been translated into English by Lea Malewitz (’12), Lauren Wester (’11; MA ’12), and Douthwaite.  Graphic design credit goes to Marie Bourgeois (MFA ’12), and artistic direction has been provided by Robert Sedlack, associate professor of graphic design.

The exhibits and events in the Snite Museum are made possible in part by a grant in support for the “Rousseau 2011: On the Road to DIGNITY Project” from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.  Additional support has been provided by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; the Program in Liberal Studies; the Department of Political Science; the Department of History; the Center for Social Concerns; the Undergraduate Minor in Poverty Studies; the Program in Gender Studies; and the Department of American Studies.

 

 

Artist in Residence

Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori, 1819-1896

January 15-March 11, 2012

Snite Museum of Art 
University of Notre Dame

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The Snite Museum of Art presents Artist in Residence: Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori, 1819-1896.  This exhibition showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building at Notre Dame.

From 1874 to 1891, the Italian painter Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) was a professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure, Gregori transformed the campus with many large-scale murals including his decoration of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Main Building. Long after his departure, Gregori’s art continues to greet generations of students and visitors who come to the University.

Artist-in-Residence; The Working Drawings of Luigi Gregori (1819-1896) showcases Gregori’s sketches for the murals in the Basilica and Main Building. As the first exhibition dedicated to his graphic oeuvre, the show explores Gregori’s drawing style, working methods, and techniques. Using his drawings as illustrations, the exhibition presents new research regarding Gregori’s biography and artistic training. The show also considers the contemporary impact of Gregori’s work at Notre Dame, and historic artifacts from the University of Notre Dame Archives will be on display.  

The guest curator of this exhibition is Sophia Meyers, an alumna of Notre Dame and former Boch Graduate Intern at the Snite Museum of Art. The drawings were donated to the University at Gregori’s bequest and now reside in the Snite Museum Collection.

On Sunday, February 26, 2-4 pm the Snite Museum of Art will hold a public reception for the winter exhibitions. At 3pm Sophia Meyers will present a lecture about the exhibition.

The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

For more information call 574.631.4435 or visit sniteartmuseum.nd.edu.

 

 

Art and Literature at the Service of the People
Posters and Books from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO)

 

January 22 – March 11, 2012

Snite Museum of Art 
University of Notre Dame

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This exhibit will include twenty-eight posters and ten books produced by Puerto Rican graphic artists who worked for the island’s Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO), a government agency that was-appointed) governor.  “A unique and powerful adaption of New Deal-era programs,” DIVEDCO placed didactic art at the center of a massive public education campaign that aimedthrough the production of posters, books, and short films–to teach the island’s predominantly rural population about important issues such as community building, democracy, conflict resolution and public health.  Many of the works by the DIVEDCO artists also drew attention to Puerto Rico’s rural cultural traditions, many of which were disappearing due to industrialization and ever-increasing U.S. influence on the island.  

Most of posters and book covers produced for the DIVEDCO and included in this exhibition were designed by the island’s best-known and most accomplished graphic artists-Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, Antonio Maldonado, Carlos Raquel Rivera, Eduardo Vera Cortés, Rafael Delgado Castro, and José Meléndez Contreras. Their graphic works made silkscreen a popular printmaking technique in Puerto Rico.

The exhibition is comprised of a selection of works in the private collection of Marisel Moreno and Thomas Anderson, and during the semester it will be used as an instructional tool by them and other ND faculty in their Spanish language and literature classes.

On Sunday, February 26, 2-4 pm the Snite Museum of Art will hold a public reception for the winter exhibitions.  This event is free and open to the public.

For more information call 574.631.4435 or visit sniteartmuseum.nd.edu.

 

 

The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

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The Snite Museum of Art provides opportunities to enjoy, respond to, learn from, and be inspired by original works of art.  As an integral unit of the University of Notre Dame, the Museum supports teaching and research; furthers faith-based initiatives for greater internal diversity and service to the external community; and reflects the traditions and values of the University.

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