Description: An exhibition featuring pinhole photography by Jesseca Ferguson. The Artist has worked with pinhole photography and hand-applied 19th century photo processes since 1990. Her pinhole photographs and collaged “photo objects” have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the UK.
Description: The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition by BFA candidate Rebecca Denfip. 5 ft. Interruption will feature interactive works as well as two scheduled performances by the artist. The first will take place on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The second performance will take place Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Both performances are free and open to the public.
Description: An exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Louisville Photographic Archives. Since 1962 the University of Louisville Photographic Archives has grown to over two million images by hundreds of internationally known and emerging photographers, along with major collections such as the Roy Stryker Papers, Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photo Documentary Project, Caufield and Shook, and Fine Print collections. For the 50th anniversary we have organized an exhibition featuring the work of contemporary photographers alongside photographs that they have chosen from the archives. We have invited esteemed local photographers and friends of the Photographic Archives to submit work that reflects or is inspired by works in our collections. This pairing of contemporary and archival photography is meant to illustrate the significance of the Photographic Archives as a consummate resource that remains open to all artists, students, researchers and casual browsers alike.
Description: Along 625 miles of coast in southern China, there are many overlooked places where children face difficult challenges in their lives. Rural children, lost in the unfamiliar environment of the cities, turn to juvenile delinquency; children born with disabilities struggle without the services to meet their special needs; and children with chronic, or deadly, diseases suffer quietly. These are the subjects of An Haibo’s photographs, their plight represented by the five groups in this exhibition: Little Angels’ Dreams, A Pu and Li Ying, Bad Kids and Hopeless Road, Little Yue Yue, and Mai Rong. Through her compassionate lens, An Haibo captures not only the struggles and dreams of the children she photographs, but their passion for life and strength in the face of adversity.
Description: "2012 U.S. Cities Contemporary Art Rankings: A New Hierarchical Approach" was
first performed in 2011 with a crowd of thirty-five artists and creative workers in a
Minneapolis gallery. Creating a second edition – this time, in a university setting,
with a different group (many of whom have had careers elsewhere following their
graduations from UofL), in an entirely different geographic and cultural part of the
country – would yield an entirely different set of results.
Many of the questions are the same, regardless of setting: is New York really
America’s only truly world-class art center, or has L.A. become its peer? Does the
influence of Harrell Fletcher in Portland and current widespread interest in social
practice make that city a bona fide contemporary art capital? Is the relative lack of a
traditional arts infrastructure in a city like Detroit offset by the influx of young artists
that have moved there in the past ten years? Is Miami national grade all year-round,
or just when Art Basel is going on? Using faux-sociological language, the project aims to crudely (and humorously) replicate the sort of Richard Florida-styled list-crafting that dominates much national discussion of contemporary art and placemaking. Located in that gray area between satire and earnest inquiry, the project draws on its audience's collective knowledge and investment in their own individual regional identities, as well as demonstrating the inherent limitations in reducing complex cultural and sociological factors into easily digestible charts, maps, and lists.
Description: This exhibition is composed of fifty-four alumni who received arts degrees from either a BA in Fine Arts, BFA In Studio Arts, BFA in Communication Arts and Design, BFA in Interior Architecture, MA in Studio Arts or MAT at the University of Louisville since 2000. They are currently working as artists, arts educators, designers, illustrators, curators, gallery directors and arts activists. They also may be running their own business and/or continuing their education (two are currently in PhD programs). Of the alumni in “Making it: Now”, twenty-seven have gone on to earn higher degrees at other institutions including Tyler School of Art, Yale University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, New York Academy of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Rhode Island School of Art, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt, University of Cincinnati and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some have stayed in Louisville or this region while others have moved to New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, San Francisco and all points between.
Description: Amanda Briede graduated Summa cum Laude
with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass and
sculpture and a minor in Forensic Anthropology
from the University of Louisville in 2009. She
received her Master of Fine Arts in Craft/
Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth
University in 2011. Amanda received the Allen
R. Hite Scholarship and the Winthrop Allen
Memorial Award from the Allen R. Hite Institute
at the University of Louisville in 2008 and
2009 and the Graduate Thesis Grant from the
Graduate School at Virginia Commonwealth
University in 2011.She has attended and
participated in demonstrations and lectures
in four Glass Art Society Conferences and
has shown work in galleries in Covington,
Lexington, and Louisville, Kentucky and in
After completing the Master of Fine Arts
Program in Craft/Material Studies at Virginia
Commonwealth University, Amanda moved
back to Louisville, where she has been making
and exhibiting her work in solo and group
Description: An original and overdue exploration of the representation of masculinity in British academic art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Painted Men in Britain, 1868–1918 analyzes transgressions of gender and sexuality as represented in paintings by Leighton, Sargent, Tuke, and their contemporaries in the Royal Academy. This volume treats paintings as eloquent objects, no narratives of which are too elusive to be traced, and challenges conventional binaries of masculine versus feminine or heterosexual versus homosexual. Consulting not only the paintings themselves but also newspapers, journals, criticism, novels, and poetry of the day, Painted Men argues against the misconception of British academic art as merely reactionary and even blind to the dynamism of its own time. Instead, this art is shown to engage with broader social attitudes and contemporary sexual debates. As the book reveals the complexities of specific paintings, it illuminates different and competing attitudes toward masculinity and modernity in British art of the period.
Description: "Madalena Schwartz and Documentary Photography in Brazil" by David William Foster (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1964). Dr. Foster is Regents
Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State
University. His research interests focus on urban culture in Latin America,
with emphasis on issues of gender construction and sexual identity. He
has written extensively on Argentine narrative and theater, and has held
Fulbright teaching appointments in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Description: BOB THOMPSON, (1937-1966) - In 1957, the same year that Federal troops were called in to escort black students in Little Rock, Bob Thompson, an African American artist, was granted an Allen R. Hite Art Scholarship to study at the University of Louisville. In 1959 he left Louisville for New York where he quickly and steadily gained success. In his brief life, Thompson produced well over 1,000 works, many of them monumental in scale and ambition. Although Thompson has been the subject of many exhibitions across the country, including a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1998, he is still not well-known in his hometown of Louisville. Seeking Bob Thompson will reintroduce the city of Louisville to one of its brightest talents.
This exhibition is presented as part of the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department 75th Anniversary Celebration.
Description: In conjunction with the First Friday Trolley Hop and the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department 75th Anniversary Celebration, the Cressman Center for Visual Arts will host an opening reception and gallery talk for the exhibition "Seeking Bob Thompson." Curators, John Begley and Slade Stumbo, will discuss the history, artwork, and local heritage of the accomplished artist.