Exhibit Archive

Photos by Tom Brenner.

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The Hypogean Tip features new work by sculptor Rachel Owens in the Burt Chernow Galleries


Opening Reception: February 6, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30pm


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Installation Photos


The Hypogean Tip Opening Reception

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In A Dark Wood, Wandering
Opening Reception

A Survey Exhibition of Sculptures by Joe Saccio

Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 7th from 5:30PM-7:00PM

Photos by Tom Brenner.

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A portrait!

What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.  Charles Baudelaire

 

Telling Portraits

Portraits were once the exclusive province of monarchs and nobles, symbols of privilege and prosperity. With the development of the daguerreotype in 1839, working class people soon had a means of capturing their own likeness inexpensively and, by 1901, cameras like Kodak’s Brownie became so affordable, anyone could take pictures!

Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, comes closest to the notion of the valet de chambre or court painter. He, himself, was famous as a chronicler of the rich and famous, though his monumental paintings began as the humble Polaroids on view here. Similarly, photographer Hans Neleman records not only the likeness of his subject, but also the rich tradition of tattooing known as ta moko, a practice that signals one’s status within Maori society. In contrast, Sean Kernan’s subjects are kept separate and apart from society. Locked behind the walls of maximum security prisons, we are offered only fractured features reflected in a mirror, the very inverse of celebrity and rank.

Taking pictures of people as they move about their day, unaware they are being observed, is at the very heart of candid photography.  Renowned street photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, conveys a bit of humor with his “portrait” of a small child laboring to carry a portrait as large as herself. Larry Silver takes unplanned photos of people and situations as well. As a little boy gazes off into the distance unaware of Silver’s presence, his puppy stares directly into the camera lens. With over one hundred Rolling Stone covers to his credit, the celebrated portrait photographer, Mark Seliger, caught this young girl contributing her teddy bear to one of the many memorials that materialized in New York City after 9/11. These photographs are not meant to document a particular person, but rather, to capture “decisive moments” as they unfold.

Material, motion and mood are employed by Robert Klein, Kenda North and Deborah Dancy to reveal, instead of a likeness, the personality of their subjects. A woman, fully clothed replete with red shoes, is seated at the bottom of a pool; another woman dances with her mother’s wedding dress while an “empty suit” leans against a lamp post. Sensitive and poetic or social and political, image by image, these photographs create portraits that both show and tell.

  • William Noyes

    William Noyes

    American, 1918

    Pedro E. Guerrero, 1984
    Gelatin silver print

    Gift of the artist

    1995.26.211.136

  • Robert Klein

    Robert Klein

    American, 1952

    Untitled, 1976-1978
    Black and white photograph

    Gift of the artist

    1985.19.07

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    French, 1908-2004

    Gelatin silver print

    Gift of the artist

    1992.20.11.04

  • Mark Seliger

    Mark Seliger

    American, 1959

    Untitled from “here is new york, 2001
    Digital print on paper

    Gift of Robert Thornton

    2002.16.09

  • Sean Kernan

    Sean Kernan

    American, 1942

    Prison, West Virginia, 1977-1979
    from “Without, Mercy, Pardon or Parole Gelatin silver print

    Purchased with funds from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

    2003.13.02

  • Sean Kernan

    Sean Kernan

    American, 1942

    Prison, Alabama, 1977-1979
    from “Without, Mercy, Pardon or Parole Gelatin silver print

    Purchased with funds from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

    2003.13.02

  • Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol

    American, 1928-1987

    Dolly Parton, 1985
    Rhonda Ross, 1981
    Pia Zadora, 1983

    Polacolor ER

    Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

    2009.05.17, 2009.05.25, 2009.05.26

  • Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol

    American, 1928-1987

    Grilled Corn
    Black and white photograph

    Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

    2009.05.115

  • Marvin Schwartz

    Marvin Schwartz

    American

    Christo with wrapped telephone, New York City, 1972
    Selenium archival silver print

    Gift of Mark Greenstein

    2010.11.13

  • Deborah Dancy

    Deborah Dancy

    American, 1949

    Dancing with my Mother, 1/10 2010
    Digital photograph

    2015.11.01

  • Robert Von Sternberg

    Robert Von Sternberg

    American, 1939

    Pasadena Rose Parade, 1971
    Photograph, archival ink jet print

    Gift of The Museum Project

    2017.15.13

  • Kenda North

    Kenda North

    American, 1951

    Bliss, 2017
    from the Submerged series

    Ultra chrome pigments printed on Hahnemule William Turner paper

    Gift of The Museum Project

    2017.15.43

  • Kenda North

    Kenda North

    American, 1951

    Red Shoes, 2009-2017
    from the Urban Pools series

    Ultra chrome pigment printed on Hahnemule William Turner paper

    Gift of The Museum Project

    2017.15.44

  • Photograph by Hans Neleman from the book Moko – Maori Tattoo

    Photograph by Hans Neleman from the book Moko – Maori Tattoo

    Lauren (Piata) Heenan

    Iwi: Father’s side,Ngati Kahungunu. Mother’s side, Ngai te Rangi

    “My moko is the moko of a student, the moko of a woman proud to be a wahine”

    2018.04.03

  • Sara Augenbraun

    Sara Augenbraun

    American, 1953

    Untitled (from the series Carnival)

    Color photograph

    On loan from Robbin Zella

    L2018.02.01

  • Larry Silver

    Larry Silver

    Child with Puppy, 1950

    Gelatin silver print

    1984_10_02

  • Herb Ritts

    Herb Ritts

    Mask, Hollywood, 1989

    Gelatin silver print

    1996_05_43_17

  • Larry Silver

    Larry Silver

    Headstand, Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, CA, 1954,

    Silver gelatin print

    2016_03_02

  • Photograph by Hans Neleman from the book Moko – Maori Tattoo

    Photograph by Hans Neleman from the book Moko – Maori Tattoo

    Whare

    Iwi: Ngai te Rangi, Ngai Tuhoe

    2018_04_04

    Close to the Line

    Opening September 5, 2019 At Housatonic Museum of Art

    The Housatonic Museum is pleased to present Close to the Line: Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds, an investigation of geometric abstraction through a performative lens. Curated by Barbara O’Brien, the exhibition will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum Art September 5 – October 12, 2019. A reception with the artists and curator will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

    According to curator O’Brien, “Close to the Line will reconsider the history of 20th century geometric abstraction, its evolution and place in the 21st century. The expression and intention of the artist will be in active dialogue with the experience of the viewer. Large-scale works will tread lightly between painting, sculpture, architecture and the performative.”

    For the exhibit “Close to the Line” Reynolds will exhibit two new architectural installations. In the main gallery, viewers can walk through “Switchback,” 2019, a tall cluster of trestle-style architectural frames connected to large fragments of decorative arcs. The arcs seem to spin or fall around a brightly painted platform, creating a theatrical “stage” of frozen movement that playfully frames the viewers’ physical engagement with the space. In the second gallery, “post” 2019 is an arrangement of faux architectural forms that interchangeably suggests an ordinary structural support, remnant of an unknown intention or an ambiguous point in a narrative of construction and demolition.

    Poised between perpetual creation and imminent collapse, Reynold’s large-scale, site-specific architectural installations activate the agency of uncertainty. Her work explores the inter-relationships between language, architecture and the body as theoretical constructions that become fluid and emergent through humor, curiosity and wonder. Colorful printed patterns and faux wood grain used throughout the installations present a surface façade that complicates materiality, rendering her architectural constructions as unstable and performative. Reynold’s absurd tableaus create a space between fact and fiction that the viewer can enter, becoming a participant in an irresolvable narrative.

    Reynolds has exhibited widely, most recently at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the McIninch Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University; the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire; the Blue Star Contemporary Museum, San Antonio, Texas; the Currier Museum, Manchester New Hampshire, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln Massachusetts. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Maine College of Art. Reynolds is the recipient of numerous awards including the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, New Hampshire State Council for the Arts Artist Grant. She lives and works in Newmarket, New Hampshire with her husband and two children.

    Born in Espoo, Finland, Mari Rantanen has had a distinguished, international career including a professorship at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts from 1996-2005. Commissions to design large-scale architectural public art works include the Niittykumpu Subway Station in Espoo, Finland and the Citybanan Odenplan Metro Station in Stockholm Sweden, both 2017. For more than 20 years, Rantanen has maintained a studio practice in Stockholm, Sweden, Tammela, Finland, and New York City. She studied at the School of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland. As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied at Pratt Institute in New York City. In the past few years alone, Rantanen has had solo exhibitions in France, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United States.

    For "Close to the Line," Rantanen will premiere a large-scale triptych which will create an enveloping experience of vivid color and glowing light. A few paintings from the 2017 series "There is a Crack in Everything. That is How the Light Comes In" - will also be shown. The series title is borrowed from the song "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen. The sets of paintings, mural-like in scale, will fill the peripheral vision of the viewer and create an evolving experience as the visitor moves through the gallery, suggesting looking at an idea or subject matter from different points of departure.

    Rantanen’s signature palette of glowing, bright oranges, reds, pinks and greens create a near op-art experience of vibrating geometric forms. The palette is given a classical counterpoint with the addition of gold and silver created from German pigments mixed with acrylic. A marvelous, light filled space is created through the placement of side-by-side geometric forms; ovoid, triangles, stripes, dots, and hatch marks. In her paintings, color bears the emotional quality and feelings, while the geometric forms bring a narrative quality.

    “My work,” says Rantanen, “reflects life via culture. I am especially interested in architecture and painting - places people have made. The history and presence of visual culture, the different systems and patterns that make life visible both as it is seen in the everyday life as well as in the high culture are of great importance to me. I want to combine element of different cultures through my own experiences as well as interpret the experiences of others as I them understand. With my work I hope to make good places and spaces for emotions.

    Barbara O’Brien is an independent curator and critic based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri from 2012-2017, after serving as chief curator and director of exhibitions since 2009. O’Brien is an elected member of AICA-USA, International Association of Art Critics. “I am delighted to be working with the Housatonic Museum and director Robbin Zella. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring together the art of Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds to create a dialogue around the art and artists of our time.”

    Prior to her time at the Kemper Museum, O’Brien was an assistant professor in the Art & Music department at Simmons College in Boston (2006-08), editor-in-chief of Art New England magazine (2003-06) and Director of the Gallery and Visiting Artist Program at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA (1990-2001). O’Brien earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and in 2006 was awarded the RISD national alumni award for professional achievement.


    About the Reception

    A reception with the artists and curator will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. Musician Joe Mennonna will be performing.

    Joe Mennonna is a freelance musician with a wide-ranging musical career spanning liturgical and educational, as well as studio and live performing in jazz, rock, folk and classical genres. He is currently a multi-instrumentalist for actor Kevin Bacon’s band The Bacon Brothers, and is an associate organist for The Church of St. Mary in Greenwich, CT. He has toured with folk legends Tom Rush, Don McLean, Al Stewart and Janis Ian. He has scored numerous features, documentaries as well as multi-media corporate presentations for IBM, Ford, Colgate-Palmolive and other large and small companies, and appears as a keyboard or saxophone soloist on recordings with Vanessa Williams, Melba Moore, Gillan and Glover of Deep Purple, Tom Rush and Richie Havens. He is a Grammy nominee (2009, Best Musical Album for Children), and continues in record production, artist development and music instruction.


    Mari Rantanen, "There is a crack in everything, that is how the light comes in #11", 2017, 72" x 44"


    Kirsten Reynolds, architectural model for "post", wood and paint, 2019


    Click Here To View the Images from the Gallery Opening
    Click Here To Download Close to the Line Publication!

    On View

    The HMA displays works from the permanent collection and long-term loans throughout the college including offices, atriums and lounges.

    Currently on view is Object Lessons which includes over twenty thematic installations including:

    • A Fine Line which focuses on the use of line in etchings, drawings, paintings and sculpture;
    • Telling Portraits featuring photographs by Andy Warhol, Hans Neleman, Larry Silver, Kenda North, Sean Kernan, Deborah Dancy and Larry Silver;
    • Torn, Ripped and Cut: The Art of Collage; Circuses, Carnivals and Fairs; Word/Play and Artist as Activist, to name a few.

    The BURT CHERNOW Galleries are currently closed for renovation.

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