Boca Raton Museum of Art Announces 2014-2015 Exhibitions

07/21/14
Boca Raton Museum of Art

BOCA RATON, FL – (July 21, 2014) – Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, announces the 2014 - 2015 exhibition schedule. The Museum is located in Mizner Park at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. For hours, location and additional information visitors may call (561) 392-2500 or click on www.bocamuseum.org.

“We have developed a series of exceptional exhibitions and educational programs over the next year that will stimulate an ongoing dialogue in the community about art and the history of ideas,” says Lippman.

Late Night Thursdays, which has attracted hundreds of new visitors to the Museum this summer, will continue throughout the coming season. Beginning October 1, the Museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. every Thursday evening. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission, live music, a cash bar, and a variety of programs including: sketching in the galleries, guest lectures, book signings, trunks shows in the new Museum Store, and spotlight tours of the collection. Additional details are available at www.bocamuseum.org/latenight.

“From the works in the All Florida Juried Exhibition to the poignant video installation Forever and Again by Shizuka Yokomizo, our visitors will find an extraordinary array of local and international artists exploring the broadest spectrum of visual culture in our special exhibitions.

It speaks to our mission and celebrates our genesis as a Museum founded by artists. It is critical that we continue to support and be supported by artists in our community,” says Lippman.

Visitors will encounter the newly reinstalled second floor and relax in the sculpture garden. Both areas provide beautiful spaces that bring together key works from the Museum’s collection along with loans from private collections.

In addition to special exhibitions, the newly reinstalled second floor brings together key works from the Museum’s collection along with loans from private collections. Marisa Pascucci, Curator of Collections, and Kathy Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, will be joined this year by guest curators, who are planning an exhibition schedule that includes new scholarship on artists Theresa Bernstein, Elliot Erwitt, and Bryan Drury.

Contemporary artists Izhar Patkin from Israel, Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock from Berlin, and Miami artists Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt have been commissioned to create site specific installations for the Museum. “Bringing together different voices into the Museum adds vitality to our institution resulting in a more robust program,” continues Lippman.

Exhibition Schedule:

August 9, 2014 - October 18,2014

63rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition & Exhibition

The state’s oldest annual juried competition presents emerging, under-recognized, mid-career, and established artists working in all media. This year’s juror is Brooklyn-based Trong Gia Nguyen, an independent curator, writer, and artist.

November 1, 2014 – Ongoing

A New Path: Two Installations in the Colonnade

This Color is Great by Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock

Stih & Schnock are Berlin-based visual artists who introduce art in public spaces thereby affecting everyday life. In this work, the artists have used the common expression of a woman’s lips and what she might be saying in contrast to what she is actually thinking. This is the first in a series of artist-commissioned banners along the Amphitheater colonnade that dramatically changes a familiar path as the visitor approaches the Museum.

The Pursuit of Happiness by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt

Behar and Marquardt, who established R&R Studios in Miami, have a multidisciplinary architectural practice weaving together visual arts, exhibition design, architecture, and urban design. They have been commissioned to rethink the entry into the Museum along the colonnade, providing a new pathway that is at once intimate and monumental. Their installation incorporates multi-colored ribbons in the interior gallery windows, draping the space making it both public and private by way of the sensual sway of vivid colors.

As part of this project, R&R Studios has redesigned the Museum Store, which stands as the “cornerstone” of the Museum, the first space the visitor sees upon entering the Museum where the colonnade and the courtyard intersect. The Store is scheduled to open to the public on November 1, 2014. Vincent Tom is the Store’s merchandiser and will feature one of a kind and limited edition works for sale by local, national, and international artists and artisans along with exhibition-specific merchandise, trunk shows, and author events.

November 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Theresa Ferber Bernstein: A Century in Art

This comprehensive exhibition of paintings was organized by Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor at Baruch College and the Graduate Center at the City University (NY). The American artist, Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890 - 2002) is celebrated for painting and exhibiting her work in every decade of the 20th century. Working in realist and expressionist styles, Bernstein addressed the major issues – good and bad -- of her time including women’s suffrage, the plight of immigrants, World War I, the Golden Age of Jazz, unemployment, racism, and Jewish themes. She is well known for the sensibility and empathy expressed in her portraits of Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.

November 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Elliott Erwitt Photographs

Elliott Erwitt is a renowned documentary photographer who melds substance and enchantment into his work. This exhibition features 80 images hand selected by the artist himself. Born in Paris, Erwitt and his family fled Europe for the United States at the onset of World War II. Iconic images by Mr. Erwitt include John F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, and Marilyn Monroe with the skirt of her white dress wafting around her legs as she posed over a New York City subway grate. His spectacular sense of humor and joy is evident in his work that captures quotidian life in urban surroundings.

November 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions

In 2011, Museum curator Marisa Pascucci first saw Drury’s magnificent paintings and featured him as an, “Artist to Watch” in the second issue of The Art Economist. The survey of oil paintings is from 2008 to the present and features Drury’s highly detailed realism that meticulously renders the topography and organic quality of the sitters’ flesh, contrasting their physicality with the divine spirit. In his work, every wrinkle and hair follicle is exposed. The soft creases in the skin highlight the tactile quality of a person’s skin, calling attention to their mortal aspect.

November 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Shizuka Yokomizo: Forever and Again

This video installation is a tribute to wisdom and the sensitivity of old age, and was premiered at the 2003 Venice Biennale. It is a moving Chopin waltz performed by elderly pianists. Yokomizo was born in Tokyo; she lives and creates photography and videography works in London. Past exhibitions include a solo show at Museo d’arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy, 2002; the Venice Biennale 2003; and Reality Check organized by the British Council and The Photographers Gallery.

January 26 – April 5, 2015

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil

Curated by Museum curator Kathy Goncharov, this survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York based artist, Izhar Patkin, will fill the Museum’s main gallery space with spectacular mural-size paintings on tulle fabric entitled Veiled Threats. Grand, labyrinthine yet surprisingly intimate, The Wandering Veil is resplendent with personal narrative, political metaphor and myth emphasizing memory, loss, love, and exile.

January 26 – April 5, 2015

Surrealism and Magic

An exploration of the surrealists’ interest in magic, arcane learning, and indigenous spirituality, the exhibition includes paintings and works on paper by Kurt Seligmann, André Breton, Matta, Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanquy, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Masson, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington, Wilfredo Lam, and Magritte. Inspired by the magic-themed library of Mr. Seligmann (1900-1962) the exhibition includes rare books from the 15th to 12th centuries, correspondence, ephemera, music, and film. Organized by the Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, the exhibition was curated by Andy Weislogel, Curator of Earlier European and American Art (Johnson Museum) and Laurent Ferri, Curator of the Pre-1800 Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Cornell University, Carl A. Kroch Library.

April 21 – July 12, 2015

Helena Rubinstein: The Power of Beauty

Helena Rubinstein (1872-1965) was born in Poland and immigrated – via Austria and Paris -- to New York at the beginning of World War 1. She then opened her first U.S. salon featuring her face cream made from lanolin and revolutionized the cosmetics industry. She sold her corporation to Lehman Brothers in 1928 but repurchased the stock and went on to open her acclaimed spa on Fifth Avenue along with salons across the country, and the manufacturing arm. A collector of people and art, she commissioned Salvador Dalí to design packaging for her compacts and to paint her portrait. He was not the only one to paint Ms. Rubinstein, and this show includes portraits by Picasso, Man Ray and Warhol.

Included are paintings by Miró and Chagall, and selections from her fine jewelry and couture clothing collections. Rubinstein was an extraordinary collector of African art, which is featured here along with many of the Ellie Nadelman sculptures that she acquired. Photographs of her residences in New York, Paris, and London, and her spas and salons will bring to the fore Ms. Rubinstein as a savvy businessperson and cultural icon. The exhibition was organized by The Jewish Museum, New York and curated by Mason Klein.

Ongoing

Making Connections: Selections from the Boca Raton Museum and Private Collections

A new reinstallation on the Museum’s second floor has brought together selections from the Museum’s collection along with work on loan from local private collectors, celebrating the strength and imagination of the Palm Beach County community. The exhibition space will continue to rotate throughout the year. Highlights of the contemporary works on loan include paintings by Ugo Rondinone, Urs Fischer, Kehinde Wiley, and Sterling Ruby. The Museum is proud to have a grouping of paintings by the surrealist Roberto Matta on loan from Matt Carone and Louis Toninelli; photorealist works from the Beatrice “Buddy” Mayer collection; and contemporary art from Hungary on loan from Nancy Brinker – all further underscoring the diversity and breadth of collectors in our area.

Founded in 1950 by the Art Guild of Boca Raton, today the Museum’s collections, innovative exhibitions, and educational programming are international in scope and reflect the creative expression of the Florida region. In 2001, the Boca Raton Museum of Art moved into its new home in the heart of Mizner Park. The Boca Raton Museum Art School, located nearby on West Palmetto Park Road (the Museum’s original location), offers more than 100 classes in a variety of media for adults and children. The Guild remains a strong auxiliary of the Museum with more than 350 artist-members who actively exhibit throughout the area and whose work may be seen at the Artists’ Guild Gallery on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

For additional information please visit the website at www.bocamuseum.org.

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Editor’s Note: High-res images available upon request.