August 22 - December 22, 2012
THE FREEDOM PROJECT TEXT/CONTEXT AN EXHIBITION BY THE CHIPSTONE FOUNDATION
History—the study of past human events, words, and creations—is an imprecise science. The authoritative words we read in history books often do not fully correspond with reality. This inconsistency applies not only to the interpretive words written by historians, but also to the original quotes uttered by figures from the past. In this gallery, you encounter a small gathering of objects that are in one way or another linked to the laudable concept of human freedom. Yet their stories are complex and, at times, conflicted. They suggest that understanding the past begins when we consider multiple perspectives and voices—when we replace the idea of "reading history" with the broader concept of "exposing histories."
FREEDOM OF/FOR/TO PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
The exhibition Freedom Of/For/To is comprised of contemporary photographs from the museum's permanent collection that explore the fluid definition of the word and elicit questions about our collective (mis)understanding of freedom at home and abroad. The photographers represented in the exhibition, including Adam Bartos, Edward Burtynsky, William Clift, Stella Johnson, Miguel Rio Branco, Irina Rozovsky, and Joel Sternfeld, offer a variety of viewpoints that encourage us to consider how we define and protect freedom in a global context.
THENCEFORWARD, AND FOREVER FREE
Thenceforward, and Forever Free was presented as part of Marquette University’s Freedom Project, a yearlong commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Project explored the many histories and meanings of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond. The exhibition featured seven contemporary artists whose work deals with issues of race, gender, privilege, and identity, and more broadly conveys interpretations of the notion of freedom. Artists in Thenceforward were: Laylah Ali, Willie Birch, Michael Ray Charles, Gary Simmons, Elisabeth Subrin, Mark Wagner, and Kara Walker. The exhibition included works in diverse media, from Wagner’s 17-foot-tall collage made from 1,121 dollar bills to Simmons’s site-specific chalk drawing installation to Subrin’s two-channel, HD video. Paintings by Charles and Birch, drawings by Ali, and prints by Walker were also featured. Essayists for the exhibition catalogue are Dr. A. Kristen Foster, associate professor, Department of History, Marquette University, and Ms. Kali Murray, assistant professor, Marquette University Law School.
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June 6 - August 5, 2012
SELECTIONS FROM THE MARY AND MICHAEL J. TATALOVICH COLLECTION
Significant gifts by dedicated patrons have often been the building blocks of museum collections. The decision by Michael and Mary in 2010 to gift the entirety of their growing collection of 90 large-scale American prints significantly enriched the Haggerty Museum of Art's focus of works on paper as well as strengthened the holdings of postwar images by important American artists who took advantage of the print renaissance of the 1970s and 80s.
Selections From the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection museum guide
NYC JULY 4, 1981
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM ARNDT
On the night of July 4, 1981, photographer Tom Arndt came upon what he referred to as a "wall of sound" as he entered New York City's Little Italy and Chinatown. He saw garbage cans doused in gasoline, set aflame, and exploding with fireworks as people ran through the rain-soaked streets. The series of photographs Arndt took capture the intensity of the night's celebration of Independence Day, while simultaneously emitting a strange disconnect from the specifics of time and place. The photographs have an uneasy resemblance to contemporary images of urban warfare and ask the viewer to reconcile the duality of celebrating freedom versus fighting for freedom.
MARK RUWEDEL DUSK
The exhibition Mark Ruwedel Dusk presents eight black and white images that capture the degraded, fringe spaces of the high desert in Southern California. The photographs describe a landscape of simultaneous development and decay. Ruwedel chooses to photograph those houses that seem to be either once inhabited or incomplete constructions. Yet most of these houses occupy a middle zone, where the viewer is perplexed in wondering if they are coming or going, generative or degenerative. Photographed at dusk, the images record an atmosphere that is melancholic and sublime.
January 18 – May 20, 2012
THE EUROPEANS PHOTOGRAPHS BY TINA BARNEY
The Europeans is an intimate look at Europe’s grand families through the eyes of American photographer Tina Barney (b. 1945). In a series of large, lush and colorful portraits, Barney presents a side of the European gentry, initially unfamiliar to her (She grew up in New York and Rhode Island and began photographing friends and family as an artist in 1975). With this project, Barney embarked on her own modern version of the Grand Tour, or traditional trip around Europe,capturing those who would earlier have commissioned painted family portraits.
The Europeans museum guide
PHILIP GUSTON INEVITABLE FINALITY, THE GEMINI G.E.L PRINTS
The exhibition Philip Guston Inevitable Finality, The Gemini G.E.L. Prints features the 25 lithographs made in the last two years of the artist’s life. Printed at the Gemini G.E.L. studio in Los Angeles between 1980 and 1983, this series of lithographs has rarely been exhibited together. The Haggerty exhibition also marks the first time, since their production, that all 25 prints will be shown at a university museum. As a collection, they reveal Guston’s lifelong passion for drawing, and the importance he placed on the immediacy inherent in this mode of inquiry.
Philip Guston museum guide
SELECTIONS FROM THE MARY B. FINNIGAN COLLECTION
The Haggerty presents select works from the permanent collection purchased with funds provided by the Mary B. Finnigan Art Endowment Fund. A longtime supporter and Friend of the Haggerty Museum of Art board member, in 1991 Mary Finnigan gave a major gift to the museum to establish the art endowment fund, enabling the museum to collect significant 20th-Century American and European art works. Over the past twenty years, the Finnigan fund has brought 13 art gifts to the Haggerty collection. This mezzanine gallery exhibition will include paintings by Lovis Corinth, Jean Fautrier, Wifredo Lam, and Jacob Lawrence, among others.
JOHN STEZAKER MARRIAGE
John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.