Starting in 1908, Lewis Hine made photographs of child laborers in the mills of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee, among other places in the United States. Today, many of these photographs remain powerful, exerting an emotional and even mystical appeal that Alexander Nemerov will address in his talk, ‘Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908 – 1912,’ to be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 4:00 pm in Hodges’ Lindsay Young Auditorium.
A scholar of American art, Nemerov writes about the presence of art, the recollection of the past, and the importance of the humanities in our lives today. Committed to a broad teaching of art history as well as topics in American visual culture — the history of American photography, for example — he is a noted writer and speaker on the arts. His most recent books are Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (2013) and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010). In 2011 he published To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, the catalogue to the exhibition of the same title he curated at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Among his recent essays are pieces on Peter Paul Rubens, Henry James, Thomas Eakins, JFK, Rothko, and Rembrandt.
UT KNOXVILLE MFA STUDENT SELECTED FOR THE 8TH ANNUAL
MASTER PIECES EXHIBITION AT MANIFEST GALLERY IN CINCINNATI
Daniel Ogletree (MFA 2014) had two lithographs selected for the “8th Annual Master Pieces Exhibition” held at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibition presents work by recent recipients of MFA degrees. For the current exhibition 148 artists representing 79 different academic graduate programs submitted 402 works for consideration by Manifest’s rigorous jury process. Twenty-eight works by the 21 artists from 15 states representing 20 different academic programs were selected for presentation in the exhibition and catalog.
In addition to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, other universities represented in the exhibition include The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; University of Michigan; University of Maryland; Northern Illinois University; Indiana University; Pratt Institute; University of Minnesota; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Michigan State University; George Mason University; and Temple University, Tyler School of Art.
For more information, visit the gallery website: http://www.manifestgallery.org/
Ukrainian Print Portfolio to be
Exhibited This First Friday
Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, Gallery 1010 will be showing an exhibition of original prints produced by students from The National Academy of Fine Arts in Lviv, Ukraine. The prints in this portfolio address themes of pressure and resistance in relation to the social and political situation that has been unfolding in Ukraine over the last several months. The show consists of 58 original prints on paper in a variety of techniques that represent a diverse interpretation of the theme.
This exhibition was organized by James Boychuk-Hunter, a graduate student in printmaking at The University of Tennessee and Vasyl Kosiv, a Professor of Graphic Design at The National Academy of Fine Arts in Lviv.
The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Friday, August 1st from 6-9pm. In addition, the gallery will be open from 12- 4pm Saturday August 2nd.
For more information, contact James Boychuk-Hunter, email@example.com
KNOXVILLE—The 28-foot historic mural that has survived controversy, vandalism and an impending demolition of its longtime home will be featured in an exhibit that opens June 6 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Downtown Gallery.
The “History of Tennessee” painting—also known as the Greenwood Mural—will be on display along with 18 other works by celebrated muralist Marion Greenwood. The 60-year-old, 300-pound oil-on-canvas work hung in the ballroom of UT’s Carolyn P. Brown University Center from 1954 until last July. It was removed in anticipation of the building’s demolition to make room for a new student union.
The exhibit, titled “Marion Greenwood in Tennessee,” will feature paintings, lithographs and other works on loan from local collectors who purchased them from Greenwood when she was a visiting UT professor from 1954 to 1955. The show, which runs through Aug. 9, will also feature a 13-foot mural, “Man’s Partnership with Nature,” which was installed in the Crossville, Tennessee, U.S. Post Office in 1940. The Tennessee Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture commissioned Greenwood to paint the work, which depicts the impact of a Tennessee Valley Authority dam on everyday life.
UT’s mural was a source of controversy in the1960s when some students expressed concern over its portrayal of African-Americans, particularly a man who appears to be a slave or sharecropper. In May 1970, the painting was vandalized with paints and solvents. After the mural was repaired, new threats were made against it, so in 1972 it was covered by the ballroom’s paneling. New York-based EverGreene Architectural Arts performed additional restoration work last summer and prepared it for storage.
“The public unveiling of the Greenwood mural at the UT Downtown Gallery is an exciting moment for the UT community, for Knoxville, and for historians of the state of Tennessee and of American art in the early and mid-20th century,” said Dottie Habel, director of the UT School of Art, which oversees the gallery. “It is a valuable treasure that highlights Tennessee’s rich musical traditions. UT is honored to be a steward of this masterpiece, which will tell the story of our great state for generations to come.”
The summer exhibit will be available during three First Friday celebrations downtown. The UT Downtown Gallery also will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
UT intends to retain the Greenwood Mural but would like to find an institutional partner with a facility that would accommodate the large size of the painting for more permanent exhibition.
The mural features 28 people engaged in various forms of song and dance, depicting the musical heritage of the state’s three divisions: west, middle and east. The left side portrays Mississippi River jazz and blues, as well as slave spirituals of West Tennessee. The center features a country hoedown with dancers and musicians. The right side showcases the religious-based Appalachian music of East Tennessee.
“This is a chance to highlight something of great historical value to Tennessee,” said Mike Berry, manager of the UT Downtown Gallery. “It’s literally seeing the painting in a new light. Before, it was in this dark ballroom that seemed outdated to most contemporary students. Now you’ll see it in a light-filled gallery and view it on a different merit as a piece of art that was painted long ago—like we’re exhibiting a Rembrandt.”
He added: “When we see all of Greenwood’s work together, it’s almost like peeking into her journal and getting more information about her as an artist. You get a whole new understanding of her body of work—rather than just one work that may or may not have been taken out of context.”
The Greenwood Mural remained under cover for 34 years until the paneling was removed in 2006, prompted by student requests. Following the unveiling, UT’s Issues Committee and Visual Arts Committee held a forum, titled “The Greenwood Mural Project,” to discuss race, art and culture, and censorship. The mural was covered with Plexiglas and curtains in January 2007.
Eric Harkness, a 2006 alumnus and a member of the committee instrumental in pushing for the uncovering of the mural, said he was pleased the painting will now have a wider audience.
“It’s certainly a good thing that the mural will be on display at an appropriate venue where anyone can learn from it and study it,” said Harkness, who is now a health policy advisor for the Tennessee Department of Health. “Artistically, it’s a magnificent piece. Culturally, it provokes thought and discussion and I think that’s a good thing.”
Greenwood was the first American woman to receive a commission from a foreign government, a 700-square-foot fresco of Indian life at the University of San Nicolas Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico. She also established a working relationship with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
For more information about Marion Greenwood, visit the Clara database at http://tinyurl.com/m6ybhst.
For more information about the UT Downtown Gallery or the Greenwood exhibit, visit http://web.utk.edu/~downtown.
Reprinted from Tennessee Today
Printmaking graduate students Raluca Iancu and James Boychuk-Hunter are spending the month of May at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland, where they have an exhibition of their work and are engaged in studio projects. They have already made new prints and their exhibition, “Fragments”, opens on May 20th at the Academy’s Concrete Gallery. As part of the program linkage, this September, two students from Wroclaw will spend the month in Knoxville in a similar capacity. For more than a decade, the UT School of Art has had linkages with academies in Poland. School of Art faculty Koichi Yamamoto and Beauvais Lyons have had professional connections with colleagues in Poland dating back to the early 1990s.
School of Art faculty member Jered Sprecher has a solo-exhibition entitled Half Moon Maker on view at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts through May 10.
The body of work presented in Half Moon Maker began during the summer of 2013 while Sprecher was an Artist-in-Residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. While “abstract” is a descriptive commonly attached to Sprecher’s paintings, the imagery that feeds them is drawn from the real world. In this exhibition Sprecher explores various methods of working with, and ultimately through, his chosen source material.
The works he produced at Chinati – a suite of works on paper and the painting titled “Memory Device Memory Device”— all have a photograph of three pigeons nesting on a cliff side as their starting point. In producing each piece, Sprecher worked from left to right and top to bottom as a dot matrix printer would. Only after applying paint in this systematic way would he finally “press” the image of the pigeons on to the surface. For Sprecher: The single image is becomes two or more…in the way that memory is gaining and losing information at the same time.
The twenty-two small paintings that constitute the main part of the exhibition also originate from the same image of the pigeons. In producing these paintings, Sprecher began by photocopying the image multiple times, cutting up the copies and recombining them as collages, and then delicately retracing the collaged image onto each painting’s surface. Through this process, top and bottom often become reoriented, and wings, head, nest, and background can just be glimpsed amidst the reinterpreted forms. It is through the act of painting that each painting ultimately differentiates itself from others in the set.
Cate McQuaid of the Boston Globe writes, “Sprecher plays tricks with space and surface; he makes bold marks and dainty ones. There’s so much going on in a relatively small space, it’s as if he’s deftly answering in paint the question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.”
Sprecher earned his MFA at the University of Iowa in 2002, and he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was the recipient of a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2009, and was an Artist-in-Residence at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, in 2013. Solo exhibitions include shows at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City in 2013, and upcoming shows at Gallery 16 in San Francisco and Staple Goods in New Orleans, both in 2014. Sprecher’s work is held in numerous private and public collections, including those of the Nerman Museum, the Knoxville Museum of Art and Progressive Corporation. This is Sprecher’s fourth solo exhibition at Steven Zevitas Gallery.
Visiting artists, Artists in Residence, national and international faculty exhibitions and a student body committed to artistic growth, make the Painting and Drawing department at the University of Tennessee a vibrant and exciting place to be. The Spring semester rolls on at a dizzying pace leaving a trail of success and accolades in its wake. The Painting and Drawing Spotlight might look more like a strobe light, highlighting a number of ongoing developments in the department.
Karla Wozniak recently returned from Brooklyn after attending the opening of SOVENIR, a four person show including some of Karla’s newest paintings. The show, on view at Regina Rex until May 10, considers place and surrounding as a catalyst for reflection and change. These large works can not be fully appreciated without a one on one viewing. The richness of paint and seemingly innate color application are trademarks of Wozniak’s impressive body of work.
Joshua Bienko’s arms are similarly tired. He recently returned from Germany where MARTIN, ADAM SANDLER, ADAM SANDLER, a solo show of new paintings just closed. Bienko split his time in Germany between Labor Ebertplatz in Köln, and Bonn, where he taught a three day “Serious Comics” workshop and made plans to begin a study abroad program (Summer 2015) at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung.
Jered Sprecher’s arms are exhausted from flying and painting! HALF MOON MAKER, a solo show at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, opened on April 3rd. The show builds on a body of work Sprecher worked on while in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Keep an eye out for Sprecher this summer at Ox-Bow where he will teach a painting class, in New Orleans where he is working on a solo project, and in San Francisco where he will be working on another solo effort slated for September 2014.
The Spring semester for many graduates, signifies the end of an incredible and intensive journey. The School of Art is abuzz with thesis exhibitions from our third year graduate students. Eleanor Aldrich, a UTK graduate alumni (2012), was recently included in “Open Sessions,” at the Drawing Center in New York. This is an incredible opportunity from an exciting artist we’re proud to have had the opportunity to work with.
Many of our undergraduate alumni who are now attending graduate school or living in New York, were able to attend Karla Wozniak’s show. Our current undergraduate’s are also committed to artistic growth inside and outside of Knoxville. Marta Lee, a Junior Painting student, will attend the Vermont Studio Center this summer for an intensive time of concentration and work.
As we make plans to introduce and acclimate our newest Drawing Faculty member to the University of Tennessee (stay tuned for details!), we have also hosted a number of prominent artists and scholars. Rochelle Feinstein, head of Graduate Painting and Print Program at Yale University, was our most recent guest. Her generosity through studio visits, and informal lunch and dinner chats was supported by an incredible lecture that served to enrich the already lively marketplace of ideas in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of Art.
Jaya Howey, the 2014 Artist in Residence (AIR), has had a productive and impactful presence at the School of Art. His kindness, patience and seemingly limitless knowledge has had a big impact on the students and faculty of the School of Art at large. He has become such a part of the fabric of our school, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving.
As we head into the crescendo of the Spring semester, we look forward to senior capstone exhibitions, summer study abroad trips to Florence, a host of residencies and the ongoing, relentless pursuit of continued growth.