Artists Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson work collaboratively with nature, incorporating, responding and preserving it within their artworks. Moving beyond inspiration into the realms of wonder, experimentation and discovery, this immersive installation will reframe both the artist and the environment.
Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases 56 of Pete Souza’s photographs of two presidents from opposite ends of the political spectrum. This exhibit includes Souza’s favorite images of Presidents Obama and Reagan, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two Presidents who clearly respected the office they held, and genuinely respected the people they interacted with, no matter the circumstance.
How is body language represented, depicted and interpreted? It is readable? Is it natural or affected, subliminal or known? Is it political? Historical? What is it telling us about this contemporary moment? Body Language is an exhibition that explores this form of non-verbal communication through visual representation. It speaks to multiple generations and it is indicative of the postures and posturing we see all around us.
Curated by Sara Terry and Teun van der Heijden, Aftermath: War is Only Half the Story tells the incredibly moving stories of the people left behind after the cameras have moved on from a war zone. Drawing on photographs from over fifty photographers, these personal and often poetic post-war views unveil not only another side to the devastating effects of war, but also tell the stories of people coming together to rebuild and heal.
*Aftermath: War Is Only Half the Story is originated by The Aftermath Project, Los Angeles, and toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.
Frank Martinez, Blanco y Negro, 2008, mixed media
Building on recent events, this timely exhibition reflects more than twenty-five Cuban artists’ ruminations on the quotidian, social, and political realities of the island and the contemporary world. The island geography and political intensity of Cuba inform the work in a way that is immediately identifiable, often concealing coded, even subversive, ideas while simultaneously celebrating the richness of Cuba’s cultural identity. Peeling away the layers of Cuban art often reveals a story of struggle caused by the US embargo and its economic and political consequences, the social upheaval that a true revolution produces.
Spanning several generations, these contemporary Cuban artists come from an unusual place: a country embargoed by our own because of its socialist revolution. All of the artists in this collection grew up in socialist Cuba, and many graduated from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte, built at the beginning of the revolution, Havana’s equally excellent San Alejandro Art Academy or the Escuela Nacional de Arte. Others graduated from local art schools. Despite their disparate backgrounds, aesthetic sensibilities, subject matter, materials, and styles, there is something uniquely Cuban about the art in this collection.
Mid-America Arts Allliance co-organized Arte Cubano with the Center for Cuban Studies (NYC) to synthesize two extraordinary private collections held by Kathy and Marc LeBaron and Karen and Robert Duncan. This exhibition could not have been made possible without their collecting vision and loan generosity. The Center for Cuban Studies opened in 1972 and was organized by a group of scholars, writers, artists, and other professionals, in response to the effects of US policy toward Cuba.
A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Join us in celebrating the opening of this new exhibition. Music, small bites and a cash bar will supplement the wonderful art on view to make this a truly unique and enjoyable evening.
COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Join KAC Deputy Director & Curator, Tami Miller, for an informative tour in the galleries. Learn about the selected artworks, the artists who made them, and how their work informs our understandings of Cuba today.
David Huffman, Hoop Dreams, 2007, color softground and spitbite aquatint etching; image courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA
There is no singular way to address the conversation of race and representation in contemporary art. Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press presents fourteen artists who capture the personal narratives and political discourses of African Americans across the country, reflecting a collective experience expressed in uniquely individual ways. This powerful exhibition of figurative and abstract artworks channels the poetics of human experience from past and present, and boldly presents ideas about history, identity, personal story, and spiritual inspiration.
~ Carrie Lederer, Curator ‘s Statement (excerpt)
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
Louisiana Bendolph (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Mary Lee Bendolph (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Loretta Bennett (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Samuel Levi Jones
Kerry James Marshall
Loretta Pettway (Gee’s Bend Quilter)
Mandala, Allison Svoboda, 2012.
In this extended exhibition, Allison Svoboda’s ethereal collaged paper mandalas remain on view through February 3. If you have not seen the show already, be sure to visit. Svoboda uses ink paintings and fine papers to build delicately layered flower-like shapes that float off the gallery walls.
As the Sculpting Community project is underway outdoors, the Krasl Art Center invites guests of all ages and abilities to participate and enjoy a unique, fun, and playful atmosphere that is far from business-as-usual!
Summertime in the Galleries encourages visitors to explore aspects of KAC’s new grounds by participating in collaborative art projects, examining sculpture, and reflecting on themselves and public spaces. KAC’s newly designed grounds will feature a stunning sculpture by world-renowned artist Richard Hunt. Before the sculpture is installed in this Fall, experience its monumental scale and dynamic twists and turns in the galleries via a life-size silhouette. Come investigate and learn about how public sculptures are made and touch sculpture models on display!
Exhibition Sponsor: The John DeVries Insurance Agency