Calendar of Events

Semiannual Magazine of the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

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This publication is distributed in September and January and consists of articles on Snite Museum art acquisitions, museum exhibitions, art education and public programs, general museum news, upcoming special events, and the Friends of the Snite Museum activities.

Jan-Aug 2013 | Sept-Dec 2013

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Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Old Master Works on Paper

The acknowledgment of drawing as fundamental to the creative process, in addition to its status as an independent aesthetic endeavor, has its origin in the Italian Renaissance.  By the 1600s, drawings of all types had come to be fully appreciated and collected by artists and connoisseurs alike. While drawings are unique objects, prints are multiple originals. Initially, they developed in tandem with printed texts, replacing illuminated manuscripts. By the 1500s, the printed image gained autonomy from texts and was elevated to a fine art.  

The prints and drawings on display here were the subject of a seminar led by Prof. Robert Randolf Coleman. By examining materials, style, and iconography, students learned the role that the physical object plays in understanding works on paper as an aesthetic experience and as a historical document informing us about important social, political, cultural, or theological issues of the day. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog are efforts to share the results of their findings.  

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David Hayes Sculpture 

This exhibition of eight sculptures is organized in memory of alum David Hayes (American,1931-April 2013). After graduating from Notre Dame in 1953 Hayes earned a MFA '55 from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with the famous American sculptor David Smith.

Throughout his sixty-year-artistic-career Hayes created sculptural forms abstracted from organic forms encountered in daily life. His sculptures have affinities to Alexander Calder's playful stabiles (Hayes met Calder in Paris) and to the shapes and colors of Matisse's late paper cutouts. Hayes works are firmly rooted in Modern artists' interests in industrial materials and in commercial fabrication processes.

The sculptures of David Hayes have been exhibited in America, France, and the Netherlands and are in the collections of over 100 museums, including The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; and the Snite Museum of Art.

The Snite Museum of Art is deeply grateful to Sir David Hayes, the artist's son, who made this exhibition possible.

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Touching Ground:Finding the American South 20x24 Polaroids by Jennifer Trausch

From 2006 to 2011, large-format photographer Jennifer Trausch took the refrigerator-sized 20 x 24 inch Polaroid camera from the predictable, comfortable confines of its studio home out onto the winding roads of the rural American South. Led from town to town by word of mouth, instinct, and caprice, Trausch worked steadily to understand some of the South’s essential truths through the strange moments she happened across in each small place: at fairs, auctions, dances, bars, and rodeos; in homes and shacks, open fields, swamps, forests, dirt roads and highways. The massive, beautiful contact-print images that Trausch made in these myriad places show a conflicted South: hopeful and menacing, at rest and crackling with life, defeated and defiant.

The five-page exhibition brochure includes the artist’s statement, and sixteen thumbnail images of some of the forty-one works in the installation.

The exhibition was made possible by the Humana Foundation Endowment for American Art, which was established through the vision of Mr. William C. Ballard, Jr. View the exhibition brochure, Touching Ground.