"The Artist in the Garden" explores the relationship between artists and nature from early in the 20th century to today. It begins with the close of the Progressive Era (around 1920), a time when industrial and urban development began to transform the landscape, and ends with recent work by living artists. The exhibition represents a broad array of stylistic and aesthetic responses to nature and the garden within the context of larger social and environmental changes.
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the greatest sculptors of the late 19th century. This stunning installation of bronzes features work spanning the artist's long career, and is especially rich in portraiture. Included are his famous depictions of writer Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac; the musician Gustav Mahler; the artist Claude Lorraine; one of his favorite dancers, Hanako; and his portrayal of God, which is also a self-portrait.
Whether they embraced or rejected Rodin's realism and respect for tradition, modern sculptors were, and continue to be, indebted to his innovative sculptural techniques as well as his focus on formal qualities and spatial relationships rather than narrative elements. This small exhibition explores the influence of Rodin on 20th century and contemporary American sculptors (with the exception of Henry Moore), some of whom continue to embrace Rodin's legacy with their interest in naturalism and the partial figure, direct carving, and a desire to express inner psychological states through the physical form.
This exhibit features thirty extraordinary, hand-colored, oversized images of the birds, flowers, and insects that photographer Kate Breakey has memorialized through her work. The brilliance of her palette draws viewers to a close-up and unexpected confrontation with mortality. The images are life-size silver gelatin contact prints toned by hand with a golden wash.
Lehigh Valley-based photographer, Edward Vatza has a keen eye for detail and the ability to capture mood, textures, and a very strong graphic presence in his work. This installation focuses on a segment of his Manhattan Project series, which depicts the personalities and attitudes of street people in lower New York City neighborhoods.
Combine a visit to the galleries with a hands-on adventure in the art studio. Explore your creative side and leave the Museum with a completed landscape painting, and plenty of stories to share. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us in our first informal and informative adult art class.