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Rock, Paper...Lithographs From the Permanent Collection

Author: Gina Costa

Snite Museum of Art Features Modern and Contemporary Lithography Rock-Paper . . . Lithographs from the Permanent Collection, Part Ii 

On view through November 22.

This exhibition charts lithography’s continued evolution from 1900 through today. The course of the medium’s development reflects shifts in styles from expressionism, regionalism, abstract expressionism, pop art, and more recently a return to the figure. Lithography’s popularity waxed and waned throughout the twentieth century as new technologies, such as silkscreen and color photography, eclipsed it.


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Over One Hundred Years of Automobile Design

Author: Gina Costa

Visit the Snite Museum of Art to see the difference 100 years made in automobile design as revealed by three automobiles not likely to be found elsewhere. The 1905 Cadillac represents utilitarian, affordable, early automobile design.  The 1933 Packard is a powerful luxury automobile built for an ultra-wealthy customer.   The 2014 Ferrari is a state-of-the-art sports car designed solely for high performance. over_one_hundred_years.pdf

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Transitory Waterscapes

Author: Gina Costa

Landscape Paintings and an Evaporation Pool

By Danae Mattes

August 9 to December 6, 2015

These beautiful landscapes are the artist’s personal “maps” of time spent within nature, formal equivalents to the experience of moving through the landscape.   She combines “materials and methods that are, in themselves, directly extracted from the earth and which interact in ways that are inherent to their physical properties.”  That is, the paintings are created from natural materials (clay, fiber, and pigments), where shapes, patterns, and forms are revealed through natural processes––such as evaporation causing clay to dry and crack, and gravity moving water-based pigments across sloped canvases.


Mattes will also install an evaporation pool within the gallery.  Liquid clay will be poured into a clay basin on the gallery floor.  As the water evaporates from the clay over days and weeks, the various clays used will create distinct cracking and tonal patterns.


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Counter Archives to the Narco City

Author: Gina Costa

Counter-Archives to the Narco-City

August 16 to December 13, 2015


Counter-Archives to the Narco-City is a curatorial project on art and human rights, co-curated by Tatiana Reinoza and Luis Vargas-Santiago, that offers alternative views to the media spectacle of narco-violence in the Americas. Hosted at both the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art and the Notre Dame Center for Art & Culture, the first edition of this ongoing project features the work of visual artists Adriana Corral and Alma Leiva and focuses on the counter-archives of two cities: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and San Pedro Sula, Honduras. These are two of the deadliest cities in the world, as well as industrial centers and migration points with thriving narco-economies that corrupt their political structures and terrorize everyday life. Rather than repeating spectacular images of violent public crimes, this exhibition aims to give voice to those who live intimately with violence in contemporary Latin America and document everyday forms of resistance against the societal structures that sustain the chaos.


The exhibition will include, Impunidad, Circlo Vicioso, 2015 and the installation, Within the Ashes, 2013, both by Adriana Corral, along with nine photographs by Alma Leiva from her series Celdas (2009–15).


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James Barry Prints arrive in Indiana

Author: Gina Costa

The William and Nancy Pressly Collection of James Barry Prints Arrives in Indiana

The Snite Museum of Art announces the acquisition of a significant portfolio of 28 prints by the quixotic Irish artist James Barry (1741–1806). Rich in symbolism and technically inventive, these new additions to the collection promise to enhance the University of Notre Dame’s position as a leading center for Irish, eighteenth-century, art historical, and trans-Atlantic studies. The artist’s dramatic compositions, grand scale, and heroic subjects offer visitors, connoisseurs, students, and scholars much to contemplate and enjoy.


“This is a first-rate acquisition of one of the most influential artists of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. It will be thrilling to see how our students in early American, Irish, and British history interpret such a rich and complex set of materials,” said Patrick Griffin, chair and Madden-Hennebry Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.


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