Description: Featuring the work of a Louisville, Kentucky-based collective of female artists known as ENID. The name is taken from that of the first recognized female sculptor from Louisville, Enid Yandell. Yandell (1869-1924) successfully competed against male artists of her period, winning many important commissions. Notably, she worked on the famous 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (and World Fair) in Chicago. Yandell went on to become a member of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. In 1998, a group of local female artisans formed a collective to promote their own sculptural works. They decided to also promote the memory of their pioneering predecessor by naming their group ENID, in honor of Yandell. Today, the collective shows its work throughout the Ohio Valley region. Members’ ages range from 33-88 years with several members having varying levels of education, from self-taught sculptors through those with graduate degrees. Fifteen artists will be featured in the exhibition including Shawn Marshall, Valerie Fuchs, Joyce Ogden, Gayle Cerlan, Cynthia Reynolds, Suzanne Mitchell, Sarah Frederick, Gloria Wachtel, Mary Dennis Kannapell, Jeanne Dueber, Jacque Parsley, Fran Kratzok, Elizabeth Kirkwood, Caren Cunningham, and Ewing Fahey.
Description: The exhibition of over 100 works of art and artifacts includes a wide variety of textiles, and examples of craftwork in leather, metal, glass, jewelry, felt, stone and clay. Textiles span a range of uses, including camel bags, pillows, curtains, fans, hats, shoes and window hangings. Metal wares cover a gamut from silver and brass vessels, jewelry, and braziers to drinking and cooking vessels and inlaid trays. Wooden objects include antique wood lattice windows from Egypt (mushrabbiya). The exhibition features works of art drawn from the Gray Henry collection, whose family has had a presence in Egypt since 1925.
Description: Saying only “Beuys B Boys,” defendant JP Begley has thrown himself on the mercy of the Court of Public Opinion. He has sworn to tell the only the truth, and the whole truth; the evidence is on display, defense witnesses assembled. The prosecution has put the case before the jury. The verdict will be final. In or out, up or down, Yes or No, it’s in the jury’s hands to render a decision, to draw the line. It's time to uphold standards, vote for quality, eliminate the nonsense, and exercise your judgment.
Now you decide. When was the last time an exhibition asked for your opinion?
Description: The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce a panel discussion inspired by the current exhibition ENID: 2013 to be held in the Seminar Room of the Cressman Center, 100 E. Main Street on Friday, February 1, 6-7pm. Dr. Decker of Georgetown University, Mary Dennis Kannapell of Pyro Gallery, a Louisville native sculptor Andrew Cozzens, and an avid public arts advocate Chris Radtke will participate in a discussion guided by moderator and exhibition coordinator Stacey Reason concerning Louisvillian and sculptor Enid Yandell, the condition of contemporary sculpture in regards to the exhibition, and sculpture as public art. The conversation will be lively and enriched with local art history, highlighting the recent and past achievement of the artists featured by the exhibition, while emphasizing the growing presence of public art in Louisville.
Description: Matthew Higgs Artist, curator, writer and director of White Columns, New York and Janice Guy curator, artist, co-owner and director of the Murray Guy Gallery, New York will critique work by several pre-selected students. This event is open to all faculty and students. This event is held in conjunction with the Art & Dialogues series presented by the Speed Art Museum. The Speed Art Museum will host a public lecture on “The Changing Art World and the Value of Art” featuring Matthew Higgs and Janice Guy on Wednesday, February 6 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The lecture will be held at the Horn Auditorium at the University of Louisville’s Business School.
The Art & Dialogue series is a new programming initiative by the Speed Art Museum that presents nationally and internationally recognized art professionals to Louisville audiences.
Description: In conjunction with the 2013 Allen R. Hite Memorial Lecture, Professors Caroline Arscott and Jongwoo Jeremy Kim will hold a public conversation on Modern art, victorian science, and the body from 10-11am.
Description: Arscott will deliver an Evening Lecture from 6-7 pm. This lecture discusses William Morris’s adoption of tapestry in
the 1880s in terms of its allegorisation of the losses and gains of
both historical and biological processes. Colour and its role in
the natural world, as discussed in evolutionary theory provides
a focus. The processes of tapestry itself, the movement of the
shuttle and positioning of the weft and the gradual building up
of the image are considered in relation to the prophetic mode
deployed by Morris in the verses written on his tapestries
published in his Poems By the Way of 1891. The lecture centres
on the example of the tapestry The Woodpecker (1885, exhibited
1888) where Morris’s woodpecker motif refers to the story of Picus
from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The context of metamorphosis
leads to a discussion of the woodpecker’s significance in that
Victorian revisiting of metamorphosis, Charles Darwin’s theory of
evolution. This is contextualised by a discussion of other Victorian
theorisations of evolution and the evolutionary emergence of
consciousness. The lecture discusses the morphology of form
and the sequence of substitutions involved in sexual selection:
the move from a reliance on the power of song to a recourse
to instrumental music, and then a further move to the use of
coloured display in creatures seeking an advantage in courtship.
The declarative and the tacit aspects of Morris’s tapestry are
addressed in order to assess the potential for the elaboration
of grand themes in a form of art that seemingly abjures the
grandiose theatre of human action.
Description: Hazel Dodge, Louis Claude Purser Associate Professor in Classical Archaeology and Programme Co-Ordinator of Ancient and Medieval History and Culture in the Department of Classics, School of Humanitities and Histories at Trinity College, Dublin will present "Symbols of Victory and Colours of Power: Egyptian Stones for the City of Rome." Egypt, both the land and the culture, fascinated
the Romans and once conquered furnished them
with a whole array of resources, including stones
for building and sculpture. The quarrying and
use of stone had a very long tradition in Egypt,
involving the transport of blocks 50-60 tons in
weight over hundreds of miles. Red granite for the
obelisks, such a characteristic type of Egyptian
monument, was quarried by the pharaohs at
Aswan in Southern Egypt. Obelisks were set up
at sites all along the Nile valley, at Luxor, Karnak
and Heliopolis. After the Roman conquest of
Egypt, obelisks were the first large-scale physical
pieces of Egypt to be transported to the imperial
capital, where they were erected both as victory
monuments and symbols of imperial ideology.
Other stones shared in this ideology, in particular
two stones which the Romans quarried in the
Eastern Desert of Egypt the grey granite from
Mons Claudianus and the purple porphyry Mons
Porphyrites. This lecture will examine both the
evidence from the quarries in Egypt and the
effects of this phenomenon on the city of Rome.
It will also examine the legacy of this practice in
more recent times.
Description: In conjunction with the Symposium, an exhibit curated by the University of Louisville graduate students from the Hite Art Institute is on view in the first floor KMAC gallery. The exhibit examines and challenges the conventional and often arbitrary distinctions between fine art and craft. Local and national contemporary artists who employ media or techniques traditionally associated with “craft” are featured. Artists include Cheryl Donegan, Hui Chi Lee, Bette Levy, Norma Minkowitz, Jeff Ruemeli, Joyce Scott, Peter Voulkos, and Boris Zakic
Description: William Bailey is Professor of Art Emeritus at Yale University. He is a member of The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Member of the Board, Smithsonian Archives of American Art from 2000 to the present. He is a trustee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation from 1970 to the present. Bailey has an extensive exhibition history, and his works appear in numerous public and private collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; among many others. Bailey has shown in New York since the late 1960’s. In 2006 a traveling exhibition of works on paper was shown at the Philbroook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, Alexander Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, OK and Wichita Art Museum, KS. This exhibition features over thirty works on paper, which highlight both of Bailey's signature still life and figurative styles and illuminate his distinctive color palette.
Description: Taking the ‘s’ out of Craft" is the Aegis 3rd Biennial Symposium on Art History and Visual Culture co-sponsored by the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC). Lydia Matthew will present the keynote address, "Craft Matters: Exchanging Knowledge in the Wake of Globalization." Matthews is Professor of Visual Culture and Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, where she served as Dean of Academic Programs from 2006-2011. Trained as a contemporary art historian at UC, Berkeley and the University of London's Courtauld Institute, she worked as a cultural activist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years, founding the graduate program in Visual Critical Studies and co-directing the MFA Fine Arts program at California College of the Arts. Through international teaching, curating, and publishing, she explores how artists, artisans, designers, multi-disciplinary scholars and students can work together to foster democratic debates in the public sphere, and focuses on critical craft practices that inspire intimate community interactions. As a 2012 Fulbright Fellow, she co-curated various socially-engaged projects in Greece, Turkey and the Republic of Georgia, highlighting and catalyzing local responses to social and ecological crises resulting from globalization.
Description: The Trolley Hop will present "William Bailey: Paintings Drawings Prints – works on paper." This exhibition includes over thirty works on paper, which highlight both of Bailey's signature still life and figurative styles and illuminate his distinctive color palette.