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Dimensions of Power

Author: Gina Costa

Dimensions of Power: African Art at the Snite Museum of Art

Fritz and Milly Kaeser Mestrovic Studio Gallery

NOTRE DAME, IN—August 22, 2017

 

The Snite Museum of Art African art collection will reopen this fall within a larger, more prestigious space on the main floor of the Museum.  The reinstallation will explore themes of power.

 

In the past, African art was often tied into the way African leaders promoted their agendas. Royalty and rulers used art to project their authority; religious groups promoted their faiths; while the wealthy desired to display their riches. Ordinary Africans also used art to enable them to wield their own forms of power. Since supernatural forces were thought to play a large role in determining events, it was important to own objects that could withstand or shape events that lay beyond ordinary control. Fifty-nine outstanding works from the Snite Museum collection will illustrate these ideas through themes of economic, political, social, and spiritual power in Africa.

 

Most of these works have never been on public view before. Nearly a third belong to the Owen D. Mort Jr. Collection, with art primarily from Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mort worked for many years. As he said, “My hope is to educate people on Africa. It’s been a great love of mine… Ideally Notre Dame would use the collection for education, to get interest going in Africa.”

 

The African gallery will feature online interpretive tools to encourage further learning. A highlight will be a digital touch screen with an interactive map of Africa.

 

The reinstallation is curated by Visiting Curator of African Art Elizabeth Morton.  An exhibition catalogue by Dr. Morton will be available after December 2017.

 

This exhibition is generously supported by the Lake Family Endowment for the Arts of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania.

 

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Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park

Author: Gina Costa

The Snite Museum of Art will reopen the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park in fall 2017.

 

Designed by noted American landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, this eight-acre site will feature twelve sculptures by important national and international artists.

 

The title of the inaugural sculpture exhibition is Reclaiming Our Nature

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Rembrandt's Religious Prints

Author: Gina Costa

Rembrandt Redux at the Snite Museum

 Rembrandt’s Religious Prints: The Feddersen Collection at the Snite Museum of Art

On view September 3–November 26, 2017

The Jack and Alfrieda Feddersen Collection of Rembrandt prints will make an encore appearance at the Snite Museum of Art September 3 through November 25. The exhibition of the renowned artist’s prints marks the publication of the first comprehensive catalog of the entire collection and the celebration of the University of Notre Dame’s 175th anniversary.

 All 70 of Rembrandt’s etchings that comprise the Feddersen Collection will be displayed together, examining the sweep of historical, theological, and artistic impulses that informed the creation of the master’s religious and biblical prints.    

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Making Everything Out of Anything Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures by Willie Cole

Author: Gina Costa

Making Everything Out of Anything

Prints, Drawings, and Sculptures by Willie Cole

 

August 20 to November 26, 2017

 

This exhibition focuses on American artist Willie Cole and his extraordinarily creative repurposing of everyday objects such as steam irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, bicycle parts, and women’s shoes to create artworks that comment on diverse subjects such as African art, African-American history, cultural identify, consumerism, gender, and sexuality.…

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