ALBRECHT DÜRER: MASTER PRINTS
January 19-March 18
Opening Party: Friday, January 19 - 6:00 pm
This engaging exhibition features more than thirty woodblock prints and engravings by (or after) the German Renaissance master printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The artist was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the medium of printmaking in the late fifteenth century.
Trained as a goldsmith, the painter, etcher and draftsman was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism in his works. Dürer established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking, which he had single-handedly elevated to an independent art form. Examples from his celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), and the full set of sixteen prints from the Engraved Passion (1507-12) will be featured in the exhibition. The exhibition also includes several works by some of Dürer’s most influential contemporaries, Albrecht Altdorfer and Martin Schongauer, among others.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
LECTURE: 5:30-6:30 PM
Dr. Henry Luttikhuizen, Professor of Art History at Calvin College and published scholar on Northern Renaissance Art, will provide an insightful introduction to the life and work of Albrecht Dürer.
OPENING PARTY: 6–8 PM
Albrecht Dürer is the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe. Be among the first to view more than 30 woodblock prints and engravings by (or after) the artist.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
LECTURE & DEMO: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Brett Colley, Associate Professor of Drawing & Printmaking at Grand Valley State University, will discuss the significance of Dürer’s contribution to the history of printmaking and provide demonstrations of his techniques.
All events are free & open to the public.
Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
WANDERING SPIRIT: AFRICAN WAX PRINTS
March 23-May 31
Opening Party: Friday, March 23 - 6:00 pm
Artist Talk: Monday, January 22 - 5:49 pm
This exhibition is a tribute to the century-old handmade designs and patterns on textiles that originated in Indonesia and were copied and industrialized by Europeans and exported to Africa. Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints traces the developmental pathway of the African wax print and tells how these fabrics reflect the stories, dreams, and personalities of the people who wear them.
Batik is a Javanese word that refers to a traditional technique of wax-resist dyeing, in which a pattern is made on both sides of cotton fabric with warm liquid wax applied by a tjanting, a small brass cup with a spout. After the wax cools and solidifies, the cloth is dyed with a primary color and the wax is then removed, revealing the pattern where the wax had once been.
The success of the wax prints in Africa is driven by many factors, such as the culture, taste, and desires of African consumers. Clothing in Africa serves an important means of communication, sending secret messages and retelling local proverbs. Clothing also depicts a person’s social status and position, political convictions, ambition, marital status, ethnicity, age, sex, and group affiliations. The names and stories associated with the fabrics differ from country to country and region to region. One fabric may have different names in different countries, depending on the symbolism that the consumer can read in the fabric.
The history of the African wax print is a history paved along colonial trade routes and globalization in the post- colonial era. Though not originally African, these textiles have become ingrained in African culture and society, and loved and identified as their own.
The exhibition Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints is curated by Dr. Gifty Benson and organized by ExhibitsUSA/Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO.