Exhibition Season Preview 2017-2018

Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to present a dynamic new season of visual art.

Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna
August 8–December 31, 2017
Carlos Luna looks to the artistic roots of his native Cuba while simultaneously infusing influences from Mexico. He left Cuba in 1991 at age 22, lived in Puebla, Mexico for 11 years and since 2002 calls Miami home. His harmonizing of these rich artistic traditions combined with life in Miami produce vibrant imagery in the vein of the rural pictographic history with contemporary tendencies. The exhibition will feature a new body of work on “amate” paper, which is handmade in Mexico from natural tree bark following a practice that dates back to Pre-Columbian times. Curated by Kathleen Goncharov.

Patricia Nix: American Baroque
August 8–October 22, 2017
Patricia Nix has produced a body of work on a scale that is quite staggering.  Just as Nix can be seen as an heir to American master collagist Joseph Cornell, she belongs among a group of women artists of Surrealism who included, in its founding generation, Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Remedios Varo, Leonor Fini, and Meret Oppenheim. The range of her artistic expression and development from the early 1950s onward continues to look for the magic in the object.  She finds ironic and psychological interpretations in the material she collects – sometimes tawdry, often strange, and occasionally making reference to her native Texas.  From these she creates elaborate constructions and boldly colorful paintings. 

Nix studied at the Art Students League in New York and resided for years in both New York City and Paris, before settling and working from her studio in Palm Beach. Curated by Kathleen Goncharov.

Shirin Neshat: Turbulent and Fervor
August 8–October 22, 2017
This solo exhibition by photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat features a video projection and a series of large-scale photographs. Neshat was born in Iran 1957. She came to United States in 1975 but chose to remain in New York City after the Iranian Revolution (1978-1979). As an internationally celebrated artist known for her artistic and allegorical interpretations of Iranian culture and history, particularly from the point of view of women, concerns for her safety under the current regime have kept Neshat from visiting her native country since 1996.

Neshat’s two-channel video Turbulent (1998) focuses on gender relationships in Iran through music and performance. Despite a rich tradition of female performers in Iran, current extreme interpretation of Shi’ite law, women are not allowed to sing in public. In Turbulent, a man performs before an audience while a woman sings a wordless song alone. Fervor (2000) similarly employs two screens to depict a man and woman in the same place at the same time, unable to connect in the midst of a revolutionary Iranian culture with a negative view of love. Curated by Kathy Goncharov.

Photographs from the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman
August 8–October 22, 2017
Photography is one of the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s greatest collection strengths - forty percent of our holdings are photographic. The high level of artistic excellence of the Museum’s photographic collection was established with the 2006 gift of 100 photographic works from the Bequest of Isadore & Kelly Friedman, along with many fine paintings and drawings. The Museum’s first exhibition of works from the Friedman Bequest was organized in 2007. This exhibition celebrates this generous gift with a 10-year anniversary exhibition that includes some of the Friedman Bequest’s most significant works from masters of the medium, including Edward Steichen, Brassaï, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Robert Doisneau, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, and Helmut Newton. Curated by Lanya Snyder.

Alex Katz: Small Paintings
November 6, 2017–April 8, 2018
Alex Katz: Small Paintings features small-scale oil paintings by the renowned American artist. Katz, born in New York in 1927, studied painting at the Cooper Union School of Art from 1946 to 1949. He has developed an original realist style of painting, having begun his career at the end of the ʻ50s, during the years of Abstract Expressionism. For more than sixty years, Katz has produced small paintings. These preparatory sketches or studies – while autonomous in their own right – serve as a starting point for his larger works, for which the artist is best known. Katz’s small paintings reveal a side to his process that is highly gestural and more instinctive. The details in the brush strokes on this intimate scale allow the viewer to establish a closer physical and spatial relationship to the works. In turn, they present an alternative perspective to Katz’s larger pieces and are, in and of themselves, masterful paintings.  Organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter
November 6, 2017–April 8, 2018
Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter brings together 24 unique major works of George Ohr (many not exhibited in public before) along with objects by contemporary artists working in the same spirit of testing the versatility of ceramics. These contemporary artists exemplify the medium’s cutting edge and include Kathy Butterly, Nicole Cherubini, The Haas Brothers, Takuro Kuwata, Anne Marie Laureys, Gareth Mason, Ron Nagle, Ken Price, Brian Rochefort, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman. Organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Renowned ceramics expert Garth Clark is the guest curator. 

Contemporary Photography Forum
November 6, 2017–April 8, 2018
The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s newly created photography forum is established to present the work of emerging to mid-career artists working in the medium of photography. The first exhibition, slated to open in the fall of 2017 includes the work of Daniel Gordon (b. 1980 Brooklyn, NY), Paul Kneale (b. 1986  Brantford, Canada), and Florian Maier-Aichen (b. 1973 Stuttgart, Germany).

The medium of photography has shifted with the advent of new technologies; while it is the foundation for the work in this exhibition, these artists use the process merely as a starting point. Collectively they exhibit the similarities between photography and painting. The exhibition considers photography’s influential role in contemporary art by featuring the new work of four adventuresome and talented artists. Curated by Lanya Snyder.

Sculpture, Drawings, and Paintings by Arthur Carter
January 8–April 8, 2018
This focused exhibition of work by Arthur Carter shows the artist’s love of geometry and music, and his respect for the underlying order of things. Carter’s sculptures are noteworthy for their economic use of materials, precision, and lyricism. His paintings and drawings, often studies for sculptures, reveal more of his thought process as well as another layer of his vision. 

Carter was a highly successful investment banker and business pioneer before turning to newspaper and magazine publishing in 1981. After founding and serving as publisher of The Litchfied Times and The New York Observer, and in between acquiring and serving as publisher of The Nation magazine, he began making art.

Exhibitions are complemented by a full schedule of related educational programs and events. For dates, times, details, and tickets, visit www.bocamuseum.org/art

The Museum’s Art School offers beginner level and advanced classes and workshops year-round in each of the mediums exhibited in these shows, plus several more. For descriptions, schedules, and teacher information visit www.bocamuseum.org/artschool.

High-res images and interviews with curators, artists (when available), and Museum Executive Director Irvin Lippman are available upon request. 

Exhibition titles, dates, and featured images are subject to change. Please contact Kelsey Johnson prior to publication for confirmation of details.

Exhibition support is provided by the Boca Raton Museum of Art Exhibition Leadership Fund. Additional support is provided in part by the City of Boca Raton; the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.