Current Exhibitions Hours (through Sunday, July 20)
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Hearst and Walker Family/Brother Cornelius Galleries
Dale Chihuly: The Venetians
67 works on loan from the George R. Stroemple Collection, a Stroemple/Stirek Collaboration
Chihuly achieves the most resplendently baroque work in his remarkable glass oeuvre, with blazing color, coiled tendrils, overblown flora and impish putti. In 1988, twenty years after Chihuly was a Fulbright Fellow at the Venini glass factory, he returned to Venice. During that trip, Chihuly was inspired by a palazzo housing an extraordinary collection of Venetian glass, mostly Art Deco-era works blown for the Venini glass house that exemplified the apogee of Venetian glass art. Intrigued by the astonishing and wildly inventive pieces from the 1920s and 1930s, he decided to design his own versions.
The Venetians include the Putti Venetians, 15 capacious multi-colored vessels, each with hot-formed figurative sculptures of putti and mythological creatures in the design; 37 Piccolo Venetians, smaller but no less spirited vessels based on traditional Venetian themes; the Bottlestoppers, 3 monumental vessels inspired by perfume bottles, surmounted by hot-formed sculptures made by Pino Signoretto; and 12 Chihuly preliminary drawings.
Michael Collopy: Face to Face with Movers and Shakers
Preeminent portrait photographer Michael Collopy, BA, Saint Mary’s College, is noted for his commissioned portraits of public figures. Large format photographs of many of themare on view. Collopy has photographed Pope John Paul ll, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and 5 U.S. Presidents, as well as entertainers, athletes, authors, business leaders including Bono, Paul McCartney, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Quincy Jones, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Maya Lin, Elie Wiesel, Alice Walker, Salmon Rushdie, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Lincecum, Michael Phelps, and Kerri Walsh Jennings. In 1996, Collopy released "Works of Love are Works of Peace." This critically acclaimed documentary profiled the work of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in India and throughout the world. In 2001 he released "Architects of Peace," inspired by Marian Wright Edelman. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Civil Rights Museum, The Hoover Institute at Stanford University, Marquette University and Santa Clara University. In 2008, Collopy formed the Architects of Peace Foundation; in 2009, he received the Martin Luther King Peace Award from Stanford University.
All Natural: Pamela Blotner and Sam Perry
Pamela Blotner, BFA, Cleveland Institute of the Arts and MFA, Syracuse University, transforms wood, glass, fabric, and hand-felted and sculpted wool, to explore past mythologies in a modernized medium, interpreting folk tales and urban legends using three dimensional forms. Interested in the interplay and connection between contemporary life, nature,science, and the human experience, much of her work is inspired by the threats to endangered animals and human response to wars and environmental upheaval. Three of the pieces in the exhibition represent life-sized endangered creatures. Blotner has been on the faculty of San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts and currently teaches at John F. Kennedy University, Pixar University, and Pixar Animation Studios.
Enthralled by the natural world, Sam Perry’s fallen wood sculptures echo the organic forms and patterns present in nature. Raised in Hawaii where his father and grandfather were canoe-builders, Perry’s early immersion in woodworking prompted his passion to study the medium. His sculptures echo shapes and patterns found in nature. Perry received an MFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and is the Director of Installation and Conservation at Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside. His work was most recently on view in a solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco. Perry’s sculptures are in the permanent collections of Runnymede Sculpture Farm and di Rosa Preserve, Napa.
Big Keith: Golden State Grandeur
Saint Mary’s College has long been a leading research institution and repository for California’s great 19th century landscape painter, William Keith (1838 - 1911). From the grand mountain scenes of his early work to the later sublime paintings of calm oak-laden pastorals, William Keith remains one of California’s major painters more than 100 years after his death. Keith had a deep and enduring love of nature, yet his stylistic path was complex. Moving away from the carefully rendered realism of his 1870s paintings,which wereinfluenced by his friend John Muir’s admonishments to reproduce the landscape with scientific accuracy, Keith’s style gradually became looser in brushstroke, and more somber and moody.
In 1872, carrying a letter of introduction from a mutual friend, Keith trekked up to Muir's rustic Yosemite cabin in 1872. Although they had never met, an instant friendship formed between the two Scottish immigrants. Keith had walked into the life of a kinsman in passionate love with California’s magnificence. Through decades of friendship Muir and Keith rejoiced in the spectacular and pristine beauty of California's Sierra Nevada, the Range of Light. Through the 1870s, Keith sketched extensively in Yosemite. With glowing newspaper reviews, his paintings sold well. Keith had established his reputation as a painter of grand panoramic landscapes, often of the High Sierra range.
Late in 1882 Keith met Mary McHenry, a suffragette and California’s first female attorney; they married in 1883. Throughout their marriage, Mary championed her husband's painting career. Aftyer his death, working closely with Saint Mary’s College professor, Brother Cornelius Braeg, FSC, an avid mountain climber and competent amateur landscape artist, and the author of Keith’s major biography. Brother Cornelius was introduced to Keith's paintings during a visit with John Muir in 1908, which led to his friendship with Mrs. Keith and his lifelong effort to chronicle this fascinating artist.
A virtual exhibition on screen in the Walker Family Gallery
Mysticism in the Tangible: Religious Artifacts from the Ivory Coast
by Holland Enke, Class of 2015, Museum intern, an Art History Honors Independent Study project
The communities of the Ivory Coast - the Senufo, Dan, Baule, and Lobi peoples, display their religious and social practices and customs through elaborately carved and crafted objects. To better understand the mystic within the tangible, the artifacts should be understood within their cultural or religious purpose, as spiritual tools that both embody, and allow communication with, the mystical world.