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Thursday, November 5, 2009
The disappearing Everglades; explored at Boca Raton Museum of Art

An art museum typically does not spend a great deal of time disseminating information about environmental issues, such as the plight of delicate ecosystems. But with the BRMA's current - and soon-to-close - exhibition Clyde Butcher: Wilderness Visions, the Museum has recently had cause to explore issues relevant to Florida's beautiful, enigmatic and fragile Everglades.

Mr. Butcher talks to seminar attendees

On Oct. 3, Mr. Butcher - a noted Florida wildlife photographer well-known for his undying passion for Everglades preservation - visited the Museum to lead a two-hour seminar/workshop/lecture about his black-and-white photography techniques and the ways in which his style has adapted to changing technology. Mr. Butcher, who spends a great deal of time "on the ground" in the Everglades, capturing images of the flora and fauna, also shared anecdotes about his time in the field.

  

The seminar (to which Members received a discounted entry) was open to the public, and enjoyed a sell-out crowd. After the event, attendees had the chance to mingle with Mr. Butcher and participate in a book-signing.

Everglades Lecture at Museum

 

As a compliment to the Clyde Butcher exhibition - which prominently features several large-scale images of the Everglades - the Museum's Education Department arranged for a free Everglades Lecture with local wetlands expert, Eric Gehring. The open event was held Oct. 28 at the BRMA. Museum Curator of Education Claire Clum emphasized the Museum's commitment to honor Mr. Butcher's mission to preserve "Florida's treasure."

                

Eric Gehring, the Education Director at the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, used a PowerPoint presentation and interactive audience exercises to highlight the Everglades size, scope, history and current efforts to restore and preserve the wetlands. Listed below are a few of the stand-out points that I picked up from Mr. Gehring's presentation:

  • The Everglades can be found in Palm Beach County (home to the Museum). You don't need to drive south or west to find them.
  • There are some plants and animals indigenous to the Everglades that can't be found elsewhere in the world.
  • In 1882, humans began making significant changes to the way the water flowed, creating an intricate canal system. The wetlands originally covered 18,000 square miles; today's coverage is significantly lower.
  • Florida rests atop limestone, which is essentially composed of fossilized sea creatures.
  • A vast majority of Floridians get their drinking water from aquifers located in the limestone.

Mr. Gehring's primary message was the value in recognizing the vital functions of the Everglades and the continued need to protect and maintain this vulnerable asset.

As a final note: Clyde Butcher: Wilderness Visions closes this Sunday, November 8, 2009.

Posted by: Tricia Woolfenden @ 9:49:09 am  Comments (2)
Friday, October 23, 2009
The value of outside scholars for cultural institutions

Scholar Robert Duff discusses a framed burial mantle with Senior Curator Wendy Blazier of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

 

Robert Duff has spent much of his life in South America collecting native textiles, ceramics and stone bowls. His scholarly acumen in regards to all things Pre-Columbian comes from his many years as a collector and exporter of South American artifacts. It is our great pleasure to welcome him to the Museum as an expert volunteer.   

Examining 19 of our Pre-Columbian textiles, Duff identified the culture, place and time period for many of our pieces. He explained things like, why a particular entity is depicted as wearing ear plugs, or how a Chimu feather mosaic band fragment is woven.  

The process takes time, as Boca Raton Museum of Art Senior Curator Wendy Blazier discusses the merits of each piece with Mr. Duff. It is not uncommon for museums to look to experts, leaders in their respective fields, for insight into the collection.

The Museum is a guardian of knowledge and culture as well as a repository for artifacts.  We welcome outside scholars with critical insight in regards to their chosen subject of study.

We will be showing about 40 amazing donations gifted to the Museum by collectors from all over the world in the upcoming African, Oceanic, and Meso-American Treasures: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition opens November 17 and remains on view through January 10, 2010, here at the Museum.

Not all of the pieces that Mr. Duff is researching appear in African, Oceanic and Meso-American Treasures, but if you visit us you will still get to see a remarkable cross-section of the gifts we have received over the years from these wonderful places. 


 

Posted by: Kelli Bodle, BRMA Curatorial Assistant @ 3:29:34 pm  Comments (0)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Obamas get Abstract in the White House

If you were one of the political junkies who clamored to know what was on President Obama's summer reading list (or even someone who yawned at Obama's relatively "safe" choices) you might be interested to learn about the aesthetic proclivities of the Commander-in-Chief and the First Lady.

The Obamas - like every first family - were given the opportunity to do some redecorating in the private chambers of the White House. This includes the authority to choose new works of art to display in quarters that are off-limits to the general public, such as the living areas and offices.  

Being in-control of the highest office of the land comes with some interesting perks; the Obamas have access to a tantalizing range of deeply important works of art. According to the Huffington Post, "the Obamas have borrowed dozens of works from various Washington museums and galleries, being sure to use only items that weren't already on display."

What's on Obama's "art list"? The Huffington piece says that the Obamas' selections include far more modern and abstract pieces than seen in previous administrations, as well as pieces by contemporary African American and Native American artists. These replace the traditional landscapes and portraits that have dominated the White House walls for generations.

You can find a slideshow of some of their choices here and even vote on your favorite piece. Do you agree with New York art dealer Richard Feigen who deemed the Obamas' list "highly sophisticated"? Or do you think they got it all wrong?



 

Posted by: Tricia Woolfenden @ 3:20:37 pm  Comments (0)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Oh, the places docents go!

(L-R) Museum Educator Annette Seitles and docent-trainees Dr. Carol Weissman and Leslye Gellert look on while Registrar Martin Hanahan shows them our flat file cabinets.

Docent-trainees Linda Schottland, Dr. Carol Weiessman, Leslye Gellert, and Museum Educator Annette Seitles view a Divination Tray from Africa in our art storage room.

 

Above are photographs of a recent tour that Museum Registrar, Martin Hanahan, gave to our new docent-trainees.  Becoming a docent allows one to see behind-the-scenes and day-to-day activities within the museum. Boca Raton Museum of Art staff are very excited about the 2009 docent class. Currently, the docent-candidates are undergoing rigorous training, learning the museum's collections.

To become a docent, one must become a member of the Museum. Docents and members receive the same perks, such as 10% off in the Museum Store, free entry to movies and lectures, the membership magazine, and invitations to openings throughout the year. Besides becoming a member, the only prerequisite is a love of art. Of course, background in the fine arts, art history, teaching, or public speaking can be beneficial as well. 

Docent candidates must complete six months of training before they may give tours to the public. Claire Clum, Curator of Education, and Annette Seitles, Museum Educator, teach a course comparable to college-level seminar in order to adequately educate the docents.  They talk about the BRMoA collection specifically and also situate the works within broader movements and styles.  They teach how to utilize the Socratic method, the correct vocabulary when speaking about visual art, age-appropriate topics, and so on. This period of study and practice builds a knowledgeable staff of docent-trainees, ready to ameliorate our guests' experience. 

While the docents are trained in every aspect of our collection, they have the freedom to construct their own tours of the museum, based around a theme of their choosing.  The themes can be anything, such as formal elements like the color red, to historical periods like the Abstract Expressionist movement, to theory, like Poststructuralism.  If you see a docent in the halls who is not giving a tour, feel free to approach them for an interesting conversation on any number of topics. 

If you are interested in becoming a docent, you can contact the Museum Educator Claire Clum. If you have the available time, becoming a docent can add a new dimension to your understanding and outlook of the world. 

 

Posted by: Kelli Bodle @ 3:39:17 pm  Comments (0)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
NAJP Summit Addendum

As a postscript to the entry on the National Arts Journalism Summit, I would like to offer you the opportunity to watch it all streaming LIVE via our website. You can tune in Friday, October 2, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PDT (Noon to 4:00 PM EST) to see the ten projects from across that nation that will be presented as new, sustainable models for arts journalism. 

Enjoy!

  

Note: If you experience technical difficulties using the above posted link, you may also try this link or this

 

Posted by: Kelli Bodle @ 2:51:24 pm  Comments (0)
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