2012 Exhibitions

Herman Maril

Herman Maril

October 28–December 16, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

The recent donation of eleven drawings by Herman Maril (American, 1908–1986) form the basis for this focused exhibition. Maril was an American modernist best known for his painted landscapes and seascapes of Baltimore and Cape Cod and as an influential art instructor during his forty-year tenure at the University of...

View More

Fragility and Resilience: Sculpture by Stephen De Staebler

Fragility and Resilience: Sculpture by Stephen De Staebler

September 2–December 2, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

Stephen De Staebler's clay and bronze sculptures depicting the human figure juxtapose the frailty and transience of individual lives against the remarkable resilience of mankind. Their forms are rooted in the ruins of classical sculpture, memorial stele, and architectural friezes. That is, classical sculpture's defiance of absolute decay became De...

View More

Cassatt and Beyond: Paintings from the Flint Institute of Arts

Cassatt and Beyond: Paintings from the Flint Institute of Arts

June 24–September 23, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

This presentation of eight turn-of-the-century modernist paintings complemented the Snite's holdings of academic art and introduced visitors to a transitional period when the avant-garde's once-challenging ideas were embraced and assimilated. In addition to Mary Cassatt, artists represented in the exhibition included Eugène Boudin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Alfred...

View More

Cassatt and Beyond: Graphic Arts from the Permanent Collection

Cassatt and Beyond: Graphic Arts from the Permanent Collection

July 22–October 7, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

This focus exhibition continued the examination of the themes—light, color, form, subject matter—introduced in the exhibition Cassatt and Beyond: Paintings from the Flint Institute of Arts with prints and drawings by the same artists in addition to other modernists, such as Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, and James A. McNeill Whistler....

View More

2012 BFA/MFA Candidates' Theses Exhibition

2012 BFA/MFA Candidates' Theses Exhibition

April 1–May 20, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

This annual exhibition of culminating works by eight seniors and five third-year graduate students in the Art, Art History and Design Department demonstrated a broad awareness of the themes and processes of contemporary art and was often provocative.  The artworks ranged from industrial and graphic design projects and complex multi-media...

View More

"A Strange Enterprise": Drawings of the French Theatre from the Permanent Collection

April 15–July 1, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

French playwright and actor Molière (1622–1673) once said, "It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh." This focus exhibition of old master and nineteenth-century drawings related to the theater examined the function and role of the performing arts within political and social discourse in France. The selection presented...

View More

Artist in Residence: Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori 1819–1896

Artist in Residence: Working Drawings by Luigi Gregori 1819–1896

January 15–March 11, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

From 1874 to 1891, at the invitation of Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., president, the Italian painter Luigi Gregori was a professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure Gregori transformed the interiors of the initial campus buildings with many large-scale murals. More than a century later,...

View More

DIGNITY and A Person's Worth

DIGNITY and A Person's Worth

January 15–March 11, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

In collaboration with Prof. Julia Douthwaite, French and Francophone Studies, the Museum installed two exhibitions and was the venue for a series of events that highlighted the contributions made to modern humanitarian thinking by the Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778). The DIGNITY exhibition was a smaller version of the photography...

View More

A Grand Flourish: Drawings of Architectural Ornament from the Permanent Collection

A Grand Flourish: Drawings of Architectural Ornament from the Permanent Collection

January 15–April 1, 2012

SNITE Museum of Art

Organized by art history graduate student Elizabeth Petersen, this focus exhibition explored the decorative principles established in Italy by the renaissance humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti (1401–1472) and their dissemination to France in subsequent centuries. Rarely displayed drawings by Perino del Vaga, Giorgio Vasari, Charles de la Fosse, Charles...

View More