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Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion is now on view at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Gruber’s sculptures using welded steel, formed aluminum, and Plexiglas are illuminated and motorized vacuum-sealed works of art. This exhibition focuses on her sculpture, but examples of the artist’s painting, photography, and video will also be included.
The Westmoreland is located at 221 North Main Street in Greensburg and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday evenings until 8 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under and for students with valid I.D. For more information, call (724) 837-1500 or visit (www.wmuseumaa.org).
The Philadelphia Museum of Art pre-sents The Art of Golf, “devoted to the artistic representation of the sport.” This exhibit features the painting The Golfers by Scottish artist Charles Lees, as well as other paintings, sketches, a photograph, an engraving, golf equipment, and clothing. It is scheduled to coincide with the U.S. Open Championship, which will be played June 10 through 16 at the Merion Golf Club in nearby Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
This exhibit can be seen in the main building of the museum at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday evenings until 8:45 p.m. The museum is closed on the Fourth of July. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students with valid I.D. and for youths 13 to 18, and free for children 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (215) 763-8100 or visit (www.philamuseum.org).
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design is now showing at the Museum of Art and Design. Nearly 90 installations, sculptures, pieces of furniture, and objects by 57 artists and designers will be on view. According to a press release, “The works, most of which have been created since 2000, challenge traditional applications of wood within the design and craft worlds, and exemplify the wide-ranging, frequently unexpected, approaches to the medium by contemporary artists and designers.”
The museum is located at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and free for high school students with valid I.D., children 12 and under, and members. Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., admission is pay what you wish. Guided gallery tours are available. For more information, call (212) 299-7777 or visit (www.madmuseum.org).
An exhibition of six 17th-century Dutch portraits, including two by Rembrandt van Rijn, can be seen at the Brooklyn Museum. The paintings are on loan from a private New York collection. The portraits by Rembrandt were both painted in Amsterdam when the artist was in his late 20’s. One of them (shown) was hidden for years under another portrait. It is possible that the overpainting was done in Rembrandt’s own workshop. Also included in the installation are Rembrandt’s Portrait of Anthonie Coopal (1635); Portrait of a Family on a Terrace (1670), an early painting by Michiel van Musscher that has never before been on public view; Portrait of Rembrandt in Oriental Costume (1631) by the master’s early pupil Isaac de Jouderville; Self-Portrait, Behind a Parapet (1648) by another Rembrandt pupil, Ferdinand Bol; and A Young Man Blowing a Torch to Light a Candle (1692-96) by Godfried Schalcken and workshop.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. Hours are Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum remains open until 11 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month (except September). Admission is a suggested contribution of $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and for students with valid ID, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (718) 638-5000 or visit (www.brooklynmuseum.org).
Winterthur presents Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience, an exhibit that will examine the evolution of maps in America from the Colonial period to the industrial age. The story of maps will be presented in six themes ranging from their political to their educational and decorative uses. The objects shown will be drawn from Winterthur’s collection and will include paper maps as well as ceramics, textiles, and games.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is located at 5105 Kennett Pike in Winterthur and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and for students with valid I.D., $5 for children 2-11, and free for members and for children under 2. For more information, call (800) 448-3883 or visit (www.winterthur.org).
Throckmorton Fine Art will host an exhibition of 30 platinum prints and a cast bronze sculpture by photographer Elisabeth Sunday. Grace: Elisabeth Sunday will show African tribal figures in black and white. Throckmorton’s director Kraige Block said, “Sunday spent more than a decade in Africa capturing the powerful essence of that continent in new and novel ways through her own distinctive technique of mirror photography.”
Throckmorton Fine Art is located at 145 East 57th Street, third floor, in New York City, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (212) 223-1509 or visit (www.throckmorton-nyc.com).
The Portland Museum of Art will present Shangaa featuring 155 objects from the 19th century to the present. In Swahili the root word shangaa means to surprise, dumbfound, and amaze. Because much of East Africa was under German rule during the 19th and early 20th centuries, much East African art was in private and museum collections in East Germany, and thus inaccessible behind the Iron Curtain. This exhibition, as curator Dr. Gary van Wyk notes, “seeks to raise the awareness of a lesser recognized but equally valuable source of traditional African culture.” The exhibit is accompanied by an illustrated color catalog edited by Dr. van Wyk.
The Portland Museum of Art is located at 7 Congress Square in Portland, Maine. From Memorial Day through Columbus Day it is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and for students with I.D., $6 for youths ages 13 to 17, and free for children 12 and under and for members. Admission to the museum is free on Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit (www.portlandmuseum.org).
The New-York Historical Society will explore the early history of the AIDS epidemic in AIDS in New York: The First Five Years. The exhibit draws materials from the society’s archives as well as from the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History and will include clinicians’ notes, journal entries, diaries, letters, audio and video clips, posters, photographs, pamphlets, and newspapers. Personal stories of the first AIDS patients and their caretakers will be told.
In the early 1980’s in New York, even more than elsewhere, AIDS was a political issue. Fear swept the city, fueled by rumors and the news media. Victims and their loved ones demanded action. As research provided more information about the cause and spreading of the virus, philanthropic groups and social services stepped in to help. A companion exhibit, Children With AIDS: 1990-2000, will feature 35 black-and-white photos by Claire Yaffa and will be installed in the society’s Civil Rights Gallery.
The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street) and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, educators, and active military; $10 for students; $5 for youths 5-13; and free for children 4 and under. Admission is pay what you wish on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 873-3400 or visit (www.nyhistory.org).
Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest