Exhibition Season Preview 2016-2017

Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Museum’s fall offerings include a suite of exhibitions on the Art of Hungary from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. 

Hungarian Art: A Century of Rebellion and Revival
October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Hungarian Art: A Century of Rebellion and Revival features paintings from the collection of Nancy G. Brinker, former US Ambassador to Hungary along with key loans from the private collection of Christian Sauska. József Rippl-Rónai, Béla Uitz, Sándor Bortnyik, István Farkas, István Nádler and László Fehér are just a few of the artists represented in over 70 works encompassing the exhibition. A Century of Rebellion and Revival is guest curated by Eva Forgacs, PhD, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Hungarian Photography
October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
In partnership with the Hungarian Museum of Photography in Budapest, the Museum presents an overview of the history of photography in Hungary with a selection of over 30 works, from the early to late twentieth century, by such photographers as André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, Robert Capa, György Lõrinczy, and others. Péter Baki, PhD, director of the museum, is our guest curator for the exhibition.

Sylvia Plachy
October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest and emigrated at age thirteen to Austria and then the US after the Hungarian revolution in 1958. Her photo essays and portraits have appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, and Fortune, and she was staff photographer at the Village Voice. She has had six books of her work published and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other institutions. Her compatriot, the legendary photographer André Kertész, was a friend and mentor and Plachy is often called his artistic heir for her poetic street photography.

Szilárd Cseke
October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
To bring our suite of Hungarian exhibitions up to the present, the Boca Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Kathy Goncharov, will work with Szilárd Cseke, the Hungarian representative to the 2015 Venice Biennale, as he constructs an entirely new site-specific installation. Since the mid-1990s, Szilárd has been creating installations that deal with themes of migration and identity assembled from found objects and ephemeral industrial materials with moving parts and neon lighting.

RPM: The House Inside My Head
October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
RPM Artists Rhonda Mitrani, Patricia Gutierrez, and Marina Font will stage four installations under the common thread of The House Inside My Head. In their words: “Our earliest and most personal moments originate at home, shaping the people we become and the identities we form. For centuries, social conditions have placed women and the roles associated with the feminine character, in the house.
Using technology and sculpture as environments, RPM Project focuses on creating monumental narratives from traditionally feminine rituals. In this exhibition, they create metaphorical realities that address classic dilemmas for women, and push the boundaries in today’s feminine culture. Through video, sound and sculpture, their installations serve as pathways in an imaginary house, creating multi-sensory experiences that leads you through a labyrinth within a woman’s psyche.”  

José Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Krome
September 22, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A) was born in Venezuela in 1961 and currently lives and works in South Florida. He began his career by making a name for himself through charismatic performances where he "channeled" the 2,000-year-old spirit of a shaman named Carlos in front of live audiences and through media broadcasts that have been viewed by millions of people around the world. These performances were the subject of a video work presented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and at a solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York. Alvarez was detained in Krome Detention Center in Miami for identity theft for two months in 2012. During this time he created a series of portraits of his fellow detainees using ballpoint pens and whatever paper he could find. The portraits not only capture the physical being of his sitters, but also their powerful stories. 

January 31–July 2, 2017
Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, photography, industrial design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change.

Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection
January 31–July 2, 2017
American tourism before the Civil War usually followed that of the European Grand Tour, focusing on the important cultural centers of France, Italy and Germany. But by the late 19th century, Americans were showing increased interest in points further abroad, including Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa. This exhibition explores the rich diversity of the Mediterranean region through the work of late 19th and early twentieth-century American artists, who capture the diversity and distinctiveness of its flora, the legacy of the Greco-Roman past, and the influence of Christianity and Islam. 

Salvatore Meo
January 31–July 2, 2017
Under-recognized in American art history, Salvatore Meo was a pioneer of assemblage art during the mid-20th century. His mixed-media works—largely composed of discarded items found on the street—were a forerunner to the Arte Povera movement. The scraps Meo used in his work included items such as the grubby head of a doll, a shoe heel, string, and rusted wire, which acted as lyrical evocations of decay and abandonment. As an “artist’s artist” and equally important a “critic’s artist,” his impact was deeply felt by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and many others. Born in South Philadelphia of Italian parents in 1914, by 1951 Meo was a permanent resident in Rome. This exhibition draws key works from his studio, located directly behind the Trevi fountain, which has been preserved in its original state since the artist’s death in 2004.