You’ve got to be taken by Jerry Saltz. Give him a microphone and he’ll likely put it aside and wade into the room and talk face-to-right-up-close-and-personal-face with whomever catches his fancy.
At 4 p.m. today in the Strohl Art Center, the book’s illustrator, Jules Feiffer, will meet with the Young Readers program to discuss his work. He will speak for 15 minutes in the exhibit of his work, and then the discussion will move to the porch of the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center.
For the first time in more than 60 years, the work of Charles E. Burchfield will be shown at the Chautauqua Institution when The Paintings and Writings of Charles E. Burchfield opens at the Strohl Art Center.
When Jerry Saltz agreed to be the juror for the 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, he fulfilled one of artistic director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Don Kimes’ longtime wishes.
Amber Scoon was a student at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art in 1999. She returns to Chautauqua to discuss her first book, which came out in May. Scoon dedicated the book to Don Kimes, artistic director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, for introducing her to the world of contemporary art and to art as an academic study. She also studied with Kimes while earning her master’s at American University.
The annual Stroll Through the Arts fundraiser for art student scholarships will go off with a hitch this year — several hitches, actually. As guests arrive at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, they will each have a name placed on their backs: one half of a famous artistic couple, like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, for example.
Most galleries need a week to take down one exhibit and install the next. With only nine weeks in Chautauqua Institution’s season, Strohl Art Center does not have the luxury of time.
As watercolorist Ann Provan remembers, it was Nov. 1, 1986, when she and her husband, David, a sculptor, first met at a gallery opening in New York City. They were both artists from California who had migrated east.
The “Abstraction in America” exhibition series is Don Kimes’ baby.
Kimes, artistic director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, started a relationship two years ago with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. Kimes, an abstract painter himself, worked with the gallery to bring a trilogy of shows illustrating America’s history of abstract art to the Institution, one show each season for three years in a row.
Vanessa German’s sculptures have the power to fly, to sing, to heal ailments, to call deeply upon history, to spark curiosity and to bind us together in our humanity. Her mixed-media found-object compositions have their roots in her endlessly creative life as a poet, photographer, actress, designer, educator and sculptor.
Her solo exhibit, “American JuJu: Root and Power for a New Century,” opens today from 3–5 p.m. in the Strohl Art Center’s Bellowe Family Gallery, with German performing several of her spellbinding spoken-word poems at the reception.
“I grew up in an environment where there were always the ingredients for making something else,” said German, the daughter of a fiber artist who encouraged her children to create, to read and to perform. “There was never a time in my life that I don’t remember making things and being a performer. That’s how I knew myself; that’s how I understood who I was.”