1944: A WAR, THE PEOPLE, A NEW MUSEUM
Coe, Entrance and Windows Galleries, October 25, 2014 through February 22, 2015
Image: Frederick Ballard Williams (1871-1956), "Burke Mountain, Vermont", n.d., oil on canvas, Museum purchase funded by A. Alex Shuford, Jr., 1944.1
The Hickory Museum of Art was founded in 1944; a time when the United States was heavily involved in WWII and Hickory was in the middle of a polio epidemic. Utilizing the permanent collection and borrowing artifacts from the Catawba County Historical Association and local businesses which also began during this era, the Museum will tell the story of what was happening locally and world-wide during the darkness of 1944.
Exhibition highlights include:
Honor Wall: Artwork by artists in HMA's permanent collection who served in WWII
Artist Spotlights: The stories of 10 artists in HMA's permanent collection and their connection to WWII. Artists include Thomas Hart Benton, Wolf Kahn, Romare Bearden, Elie Nadelman, Philip Pearlstein, Vollis Simpson, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, and more.
Paul Whitener's Studio: A re-creation of HMA founder and first director Paul Whitener's art studio featuring his painting desk, sketchbooks, color notes, and paintings in various stages of completion.
First Exhibitions: Work by artists featured in HMA's first year of exhibitions including F. Ballard Williams, Wilford Conrow, Roy Mason, Billy Blackburn, and more.
Elite Eight: The eight paintings accepted into HMA's permanent collection in 1944 by Frederick Ballard Williams, Andrew Winter, George Bruestle, Chauncey Ryder, Albert Groll, Paul Dougherty, Guy Wiggins, and Johan Berthelsen.
The Miracle of Hickory: An installation about Hickory's polio epidemic and polio hospital that served 634 patients.
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Hickory, NC, Inc.
George Clay III, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Kenneth & Suzanne Millholland Endowment
Sherrill Furniture Company
IN TIME WE SHALL KNOW OURSELVES: Raymond Smith Photography
Shuford Gallery, October 4, 2014 through January 4, 2015
Image: Raymond Smith (American, born 1942), Bourbon Street, New Orleans, 1974, gelatin silver print, Lent by the artist
Gallery Talk with Raymond Smith
Sunday, October 26, 3 PM (refreshments at 2:30 PM)
In the summer of 1974, a young man drove an aging Volkswagen from New England through the South and into the Midwest, camping and photographing people and places along the way to California. The car died in Kansas City and Ray Smith took the train home to New Haven, Connecticut, where he printed some of the 750 exposures he had made with his Rolleiflex and Minolta twin-lens cameras. Few of these rare prints have been exhibited or published until now, the fortieth anniversary of Smith’s trip. Hence, the title of this portfolio of 52 black and white prints—In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: American Photographs, 1974. This publication is available in the HMA Galleria.
Sponsored by: Graystone Eye
Image: Julia Gray Hines, "Approach"
A year-long light installation by artist Julia Gray Hines, presented in conjunction with the Hickory Museum of Art's anniversary, celebrating 70 light-filled years. The chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the museum's second floor Coe Gallery. The piece is interactive!
MARGARET CURTIS: Recent Work
Regal, Gifford & Entrance Galleries, Through November 2, 2014
Image: Margaret Curtis, "Salon", oil on panel, 36 x 72 inches
Tryon, North Carolina artist Margaret Curtis presents her paintings as part of the Gifford Gallery Local Artist Series.
"My paintings explore the fictional space that surrounds memory and emotion. The narratives are open to interpretation. The paint is applied in ways that make the painting process apparent to the viewer. I am not concerned with realism per se, and only use enough detail to accurately portray specific emotions. The color is denatured and from the realm of memory and imagination."
Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener's Process
Whitener Gallery, Through March 29, 2015
Image: Paul Whitener Painting
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with 1944: A War, The People, A New Museum which opens October 25. Paul Whitener was the founder and first director of the Museum which he started 70 years ago.
Whitener was also an artist, and this show re-creates part of his painting studio, with his actual painting bench and travel paint case. It features completed and unfinished paintings, offering insight into his painting process.
ADELAIDE SILKWORTH: The Evolution of a Christmas Card
Windows Gallery, Through October 29, 2014
Image: Adelaide Silkworth
Adelaide Silkworth has been sending out Christmas cards utilizing her original artwork for nearly 65 years. This exhibition shows most of the cards created over this time, 45 different designs in all. The show starts with cards made in the 1960’s and continues through the decades, ending with the card for Christmas 2013. The show documents the evolution of Adelaide’s style and subject matter.
ROSEVILLE POTTERY FROM THE MUSEUM'S PERMANENT COLLECTION
Objects Gallery, Through Winter 2013
Image: Roseville Pottery, Low Bowl (poppy), Anonymous gift, 2013,2.2
This exhibition includes forty-six pieces selected from the Museum's recent acquisition of Roseville Pottery.
The Roseville Pottery Company, based in Roseville, Ohio, manufactured in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These objects were designed as household utilitarian pieces, and became popular with the American Arts and Crafts movement.
AMERICAN ART GLASS & POTTERY
Objects Gallery, Ongoing
George Kennard, "Devil Face Jug", 2005, Gift of Corning Museum of Glass, 2006.2.5
Most of the glass works in this exhibition were given to the Museum by Sonia and Isaac Luski, Rose and Abraham Luski, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Several styles of glass blowing are demonstrated, and many of the artists have connections to the prestigious Penland School of Crafts.
Many of the pottery selections are from the American art pottery collection gifted to the Museum by the Frances Johnson Moody Estate. Represented studios include Rookwood, Van Briggle, and Weller. Other pottery includes crystalline vases by Phil Morgan, given to the Museum by Albert Keiser, Jr.
DISCOVER FOLK ART: UNIQUE VISIONS BY SOUTHERN SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS
Entire Third Floor, Ongoing
The Hickory Museum of Art recently expanded their Southern Contemporary Folk Art Collection and Exhibition space. A new, hands-on exhibition was installed on the Museum's 3rd floor Mezzanine Gallery.
The Interactive Exhibition Features:
• Re-creations of Artists’ Working
• Touch Screens
• Over 200 Folk Art Objects
• Sounds & Smells
• Family Activity Stations
• and More!
Free Family Guides for the exhibition are available at the Museum’s check-in desk in the first floor HMA Galleria. Copies of the children’s book, Discover Folk Art: An Adventure with Artie at the Hickory Museum of Art, are also available in the Galleria for $9.95. In the book, Artie (HMA’s art-loving mascot) takes a group of children on a tour of the galleries and introduces them to work by several folk artists including Sam “The Dot Man” McMillan and Q.J. Stephenson.