BRATTLEBORO >> Five new exhibits open at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Saturday. The new exhibits showcase the work of contemporary artists confronting well-known masterpieces from art history and self-taught artists harnessing their personal experiences with autism and other developmental disorders.
An opening reception for museum members, with many of the exhibiting artists in attendance, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Exhibits open to the public at 2 p.m. Those wishing to become members may join at the door, online at www.brattleboromuseum.org, or by calling 802-257-0124.
Contemporary Artists vs. The Masters
Contemporary Artists vs. The Masters: Homage, Battle, Reclamation is on view in the museum's Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery, features the work of 13 artists grappling with the influence of their creative forebears. The exhibit was organized by BMAC's chief curator, Mara Williams. "Whenever I make a studio visit," said Williams, "I always glance around searching for a wall of postcards, pages torn from magazines, and posters of 'masterpieces' mixed in with other visual information. It's always there—a wall of inspiration."
The 13 artists featured in the exhibit are Eric Aho, Ross Bleckner, Babette Bloch, Taner Ceylan, Kate O'Donovan Cook, Josef Fiscnaller, Pam Glick, Mimi Gross, Richard Jacobs, Sam Jury, Matt Mattingly, Yasumasa Morimura, and Cathy Osman.
Visions from the Edge
An Exploration of Outsider Art displays the creative output of 12 artists with autism and other developmental disorders. Organized by BMAC in partnership with Pure Vision Arts of New York City, Good Purpose Gallery of Lee, Massachusetts, and the Jessica Park Project of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the exhibit is testament to a robust network of institutions and individuals dedicated to nurturing and promoting the talents and visionary sensibilities of artists on the margins of mainstream society.
The 12 artists featured in the exhibit are Oscar Azmita, William Britt, Susan Brown, Chase Ferguson, Evan Gozali, Elisa Huberman, Barry Kahn, Michael McManmon, Walter Mika, Jessica Park, Alba Somoza, and Shmuel Taurog.
Photographer Michael Sacca immerses the viewer in a mesmerizing installation of water images.
Deftly balancing the clarity of great documentary photography with distinctive artistic expression, each of Sacca's images is a beautiful abstraction, while their totality offers a portrait of water in motion.
Are You Here?
Jonathan Gitelson's photographs and video are displayed in the museum's Ticket Gallery and a 25-foot-wide, billboard-like banner affixed to the back of the museum. Literally and philosophically remixing the ubiquitous wayfinding phrase, "You Are Here," Gitelson placed billboards throughout New England and upstate New York asking motorists, "Are You Here?"
Wishing for the Moon
A series of 14 scratchboard drawings by Karen Gaudette that metaphorically reflect a middle-aged woman's journey to find true love. Bravely taking cues from her own life, Gaudette transforms her personal journey into a visual fairy tale, rich with symbolic characters, such as the mermaid, the heron, and a variety of animal/human hybrids. According to guest curator Susan Calabria, "Scratchboard is a reductive drawing technique in which sharp tools are used to scrape through an upper surface, usually black, creating a design in a lower surface, often white."
The new exhibits opening March 19 will remain on view through June 13.
Beginning the week after the opening, BMAC will offer free admission every Thursday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. and guided tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.
For information on these and other events visit www.brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124
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