Upcoming Exhibitions


People & Places of North Vietnam, 1948-1968: Selections from the Bruce H. Blowitz Collection

July 31-October 4

Entrepreneur, adventurer and art collector Bruce Blowitz happened to be in Southeast Asia in the mid 1980s when Vietnam opened its doors to the West again, decades after the disastrous war that pulled countries apart. Among the discoveries he made at that time was a wealth of historical art depicting the period preceding the war and shortly thereafter in which Vietnam was striving for industrialization and advancements in its economy and infrastructure. He amassed a sizable collection of rare mid-20th century Vietnamese works on paper including historically invaluable Communist party propaganda posters.

Similar in style to the Social Realism of early 20th century Russia and WPA America during the Great Depression, the earliest of these images show the power of art to inspire and motivate working people toward a new idea of their country. As the war progressed, art was put in service of the war effort with images and messages encouraging the Vietnamese to fight their Capitalist enemies.


Masterworks from the international guild of realism

September 5-November 1

The International Guild of Realism represents 350 artists from 35 countries, promoting Realist art -- a movement which emerged in America in the late 1960's and early 1970's concerned with the straightforward realistic approach to representation. This exhibition features 65 award-winning works that range from the ultra-contemporary to timeless and traditional Realism.

 

Thursday, September 24, 6-7:30

The Many Faces of Realism in the History of Western Art

Join the Appleton’s curator, Ruth Grim for a presentation of realist paintings from the renaissance to the present day.

 

Exhibition information available from International Guild of Realism (IGOR) Master Works Exhibition Tour Office, David Wagner, L.L.C., or visit http://davidjwagnerllc.com/International_Guild_of_Realism.html


Toast to the Arts: Ocala Art Group Annual Juried Exhibition

September 12-November 1

Ocala Art Group celebrates artistic diversity in this exhibition of juried artwork. OAG is a not-for-profit educational corporation with a membership open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.


Backstage Pass: Baron wolman and the early years of rolling stone

November 7, 2015-January 10, 2016

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a coveted career achievement and for many readers represents the fantasy of the rock-and-roll lifestyle. In the 1960s and ‘70s, Rolling Stone provided a national voice to the counter-culture movement and before the days of personal branding, gave readers unprecedented access to musicians.

 

 

 

 

A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.


A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Collection

November 14, 2015-January 3, 2016

‘Tis (almost) the season and the Appleton joins the Urban Family in celebrating with A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see several of the Urban’s beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. And new this year, we have invited community members and businesses to decorate a tree to be displayed along with The Urban Family Holiday Collection.

Holiday Family Day

Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays during our Family Day event on Saturday, December 5. Everyone is invited free of charge to see A Dickens Christmas, special exhibitions and the permanent collection, as well as participate in carriage rides and art-making activities in the ARTSpace. Light refreshments will be served.


A Fine Timber: Wood and Transformation in Our Time

November 14, 2015-January 3, 2016

Organized by the Appleton Museum of Art, this exhibition focuses on three artists currently creating exquisite expressions in wood or about wood. Chuck Sharbaugh is a master artisan who creates beautifully-crafted cabinets with marquetry inlay in the Arts and Crafts style, a tradition that stretches back to the Renaissance. Eric Serritella is an award-winning ceramicist who turns clay into trompe l’oeil objects that appear to be crafted out of birch bark, while Bahk Seon Ghi from Korea makes ethereal installations resembling shapes and architecture out of black charcoal strung with invisible wire. Together these three artists represent humanity’s longstanding relationship with wood whether through finely-crafted furniture, objects that recall our forests or installations that remind us of the fragility of nature and our responsibility to care for the planet.

 

 


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