Rotunda Projects: E.V. Day - Divas Ascending
On view through July 5, 2020
Artist E.V. Day has repurposed costumes from the New York City Opera archives to make Divas Ascending, a series of sculptures that transform familiar icons of women’s empowerment and entrapment into new objects that confound conventional readings of these clichés. Using tension to suspend, stretch, and shred garments and to create forms that the artist likens to futurist abstract paintings in three dimensions, Day has created work that transforms rigid symbols into a range of emotions: anxiety, ecstasy, liberation, and release.
American, b. 1967
Manon – Ghost Angel, 2009
Costume of Manon from Massenet’s Manon made of tulle, silk, embroidery and lace worn by Beverly Sills from New York City Opera. Costume suspended with monofilament and stainless steel hardware on steel armature.
©2009, all rights reserved E.V. Day
Gringer, Taber & Grinder, Inc.
Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP
Ernest C. Withers: Baseball Photographs
On view through October 27, 2019
With baseball as the focus, from Little League through the Negro Leagues, this exhibition examines African American identity and representation as captured through the lens of noted Civil Rights-era photographer Ernest C. Withers.
Claire Van Vliet: Illustrating Babel
On view through January 12, 2020
In The Tower of Babel: An Anthology, 1975, Claire Van Vliet (American, born Canada, b. 1933) observes the human condition by examining the origin of language. This unbound book of seventeen lithographs and one woodcut – on display for the first time – is shown alongside two prints by Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), whose expressive prints serve as inspiration for Van Vliet. In this series of prints, dramatic images of architecture and portraiture exemplify Van Vliet’s skill as a printmaker, while an overarching theme of human behavior connects the Biblical messages to the present day.
On view through September 29, 2019
Embark on a hands-on exploration of the basic visual components that make up a work of art; line, color, texture, and form. Through every day play, four interactive stations encourage careful observation, imaginative art making, and sensory awareness in all ages. On your mark, get set... PLAY!
Albrecht Dürer's "Small Passion" Series
Albrecht Dürer (b. Nuremberg, 1471- 1528) has long been recognized as one of the most influential artists of the European Renaissance and one of the finest printmakers in the history of art. Thirty-five woodcut illustrations and the title page of Dürer’s Small Passion, a book published in 1511 representing scenes from the life of Christ, are currently on display on the Moss Mezzanine, along with an example from Dürer’s Large Passion (1497). Dürer’s masterful execution of these prints, combined with their wide distribution, cemented his reputation as a leading innovator and draftsman.
Fall of Man from the Small Passion, 1510
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Madonna Circle 60.20.1
Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis
Currently on view
Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for the new African art galleries in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria.
In honor of Carroll Cloar and to commemorate the museum’s hundredth anniversary, the Brooks Museum created a gallery dedicated to his art.
Arts of Global Africa
The arts of Africa are as varied as the continent itself, which encompasses over fifty independent countries and thousands of languages. This diversity is reflected in the exceptional works of art on view, most of which are on long-term loan from the Newark Museum’s extensive African art collection. Bringing together historic and contemporary works in a range of different media, the selection of works presents an expansive vision of Africa’s artistry.