CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT THE
MUSEUM OF ARTS & SCIENCES
NASA Innovations: How Space Technology Shapes our Everyday World
Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Opening February 4, 2017 through May 7, 2017
Find a new appreciation for the amazing technology intertwined into our lives as we take a look at the astounding technology developed for America's iconic space program. On loan from NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, is a vast collection of training and space flown hardware starting with Project Mercury through to the Space Shuttle Program and beyond. You will find a rocket engine, space suit gear, spacewalking tools, planting growing station, materials used on Apollo craft and the Space Shuttle, and even a Space Shuttle toilet! These artifacts and more will highlight the technology that has been needed to operate in the harsh environment of space, and how those vital components were adapted for the public into everyday items in what NASA calls "spinoffs".
Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Opening through April 30, 2017
Organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection
From the 1930s to the 1980s the printed image in American art went through profound changes. Beginning with the black and white lithographs that were popularized by the regionalists and urban realists, and continuing through the experimental intaglio prints of the 1940s and 1950s, the ‘Pop’ explosion of screenprints in the 1960s, and the precision of super realism in the 1970s, printmaking has captured the imagination of countless American artists.
This exhibition of 51 American prints surveyed the activities of artists who put designs on paper during this exciting period. Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Anne Ryan, Milton Avery, Dorothy Dehner, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Richard Estes were a few of the artists represented in this examination of the growth in popularity of printmaking among American artists during this 50 year period. Especially significant are the contributions of women to printmaking during this period as well as the impact of African-American artists on the graphic arts. Combined with artists who immigrated to the United States during these decades and the increased numbers of painters and sculptors who took up the medium, this exhibition makes the egalitarian nature of the print abundantly clear.
A Sense of Place: Cartography from the Collection
North Wing Corridor
Open through Winter 2017
This exhibition brings to light some of the many historic maps in the MOAS collection. From Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, examples from over 500 years of mapmaking are included showing mankind's long desire to chart "a sense of place" for itself on the planet. Whether it was to help guide nomadic peoples or later to define borders, maps have played an important role in human culture and history. Some of the earliest examples that still exist came from the Babylonians who drew maps on clay tablets, some of which have been dated to around 2300 BC. Today we use GPS and Google Maps as computers and satellite imaging have made mapping more accurate than ever. However, hundreds of years of advancements in cartography were necessary to bring us to where we are now and this exhibition highlights this ancient art through antique maps from around the world.
The Legacy of Abstraction: Late 20th Century Paintings from the Collection
Now through 2017
Focused primarily on artists with strong Florida ties, this exhibition of large-scale contemporary paintings from the collection pays testament to the lasting legacy of mid-twentieth century American and European Abstration. Postwar artists such as Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and the later Anselm Kiefer - to name only a few - brought non-representational art into the mainstream. Due to their influence - as well as many others within the Abstract Art movement - geometry, texture, spontaneous painted gestures and dramatic color juxtapositions would dominate art in the latter half of the twentieth century. The artists on view in this installation owe a debt in no small measure to the lasting impact of the giants of Modernist Abstraction.
Celebrating our Smithsonian Affiliation
A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Now through 2017
A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian's newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience.
A Place for All People is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the museum.
Forms of Fancy: Sculptures from the MOAS Collection
Bouchelle Court of Changing Exhibits
Now through July 23, 2017
From the oldest piece, an ancient tomb figure from China, to the newest piece, a 21st century painted ceramic "Kitty Hawk", this exhibit represents 2,000 years of sculpture from across the globe.
King Solomon, Alexander Archipenko
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT THE
CICI AND HYATT BROWN MUSEUM OF ART
Views of St. Augustine - 100 Years
A. Worley Brown & Family Gallery
Open through 2017
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the United States. A brief history of the city begins in the 16th century. It was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida’s first governor. He had first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years.
Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1819, and when the treaty was ratified in 1821, St. Augustine was designated the capital of the Florida Territory until Tallahassee was made the capital in 1824. Since the late 19th century, St. Augustine’s distinct historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction.
The two works by George Harvey in this exhibition show us the Plaza of the Constitution and a view to the fort from a location just west of the north gate in the 1850’s. After these scenes were recorded, in 1861 Florida joined the Confederacy after the Civil War and Confederate authorities remained in control of St. Augustine for fourteen months, even though it was barely defended, and in spite of the Union blockade of shipping off the coast. Union troops occupied St. Augustine in 1862 and controlled the city though the rest of the war. A small watercolor depicts a blue-coated Union soldier sometime after the Union occupation. The town’s economy already devastated, many of the citizens fled.
Henry Flagler, a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, spent the winter of 1883 in the city and found it charming, but considered its hotels and transportation systems inadequate. He had the idea to make St. Augustine a winter resort for wealthy Americans from the north, and to bring them south he bought several short line railroads and combined these in 1885 to form the Florida East Coast Railway. He built a railroad bridge over the St. Johns River in 1888, opening up the Atlantic coast of Florida to development.
Flagler began construction in 1887 of two large hotels, the 540-room Ponce de León Hotel and the Hotel Alcazar, and bought the Casa Monica Hotel the next year. His chosen architectural firm, Carrére and Hastings, radically altered the appearance of St. Augustine and give it a skyline characterized by the use of the Moorish Revival style. With the opening of the Ponce in 1888, St. Augustine became the winter resort of American high society.
After the Florida East Coast Railroad had been extended southward, the rich mostly abandoned St. Augustine in the early 20th. St. Augustine nevertheless still attracted tourists, and eventually became a destination for families traveling in automobiles. Calendar art presents a Chrysler Airflow parked outside the Oldest House verifying the new mode by which to visit the city. The tourist industry soon became the dominate sector of the local economy. With the help of state and federal government monies, St. Augustine began a program in 1935 to preserver thirty-six surviving colonial buildings and reconstruct others that were gone.
In 1965, St. Augustine celebrated the quadricentennial of its founding, and with funds from the State, began to restore part of the colonial city. Paintings after that date reflect the restored condition of their subjects. In 2015, St. Augustine celebrated the 450th year of its founding with an exhibition of historic art works from the Brown Collection including many of the works in this gallery.
The Seminole and the Everglades
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
The Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands that occupies the southern portion of Florida. Water leaving the vast, shallow Lake Okeechobee in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long.
Human habitation in the southern portion of the Florida peninsula dates from 15,000 years ago. The region was dominated by the native Calusa and Tequesta tribes. After European colonization, both tribes declined. The Seminole nation emerged out of groups of Native Americans, mostly Creek from what are now the northern Muscogee peoples.
Artists from the early 19th century on have found the visual characteristics of the people and the land compelling subjects for artworks. The climatic conditions change frequently giving new dimensions of color, motion, and light to the landscape. The dramatic variables are a challege to the painting attempting to capture a specific moment. The flora and fauna are often unique and fascinating. Rending them is as often for scientific documentation as it is for decorative motif.
Featured painting: James F. Hutchinson; Seminole Man, 1992
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - France Family Gallery
Experience a myriad of Florida weather in just one day. The Florida Weather gallery offers a look into Florida weather as represented by art. Florida is known for weather that changes with uncanny speed. Sun, rain, wind, clouds, storms and fog all play a part in what the artist sees and wants to capture. The color, technique, rhythm and texture are all focused to evoke the full sensation of what is Florida's revealing environmental trait.
Featured painting: Ernest Lawson; Approaching Storm, Matheson Hammock, Coral Gables, Florida, ca. 1930
Women Painting Florida
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - Sena H. & Thomas L. Zane Gallery
An exhibit dedicated to women who created an amazingly diverse group of wonderful images in a wide range of mature styles, all contributing to the glorious chronicle of Florida art.
Featured painting: Edith Wyckoff Kuchler; Packing Barn, ca. 1940
Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
The Volusia County gallery contains paintings with the county as the subject. Volusia County has encouraged both well-known and less-known artists to portray the environments and people from the county from the last quarter of the 19th century and on.
Featured painting: James Calvert Smith; Stop the Train, ca. 1950
Exhibits and Dates Subject to Change