Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Main Gallery Exhibition Pays Tribute to the Preservation of Nature

December 14, 2014 – March 8, 2015

Presented in partnership with PHYLLIS R. & WILLIAM C. H. GRIMM, JR.

 


ON NAT URE’S TERMS: THE WILDERNESS PAINTINGS OF THOMAS PAQUETTE is a contemplation of special places where nature dominates. Fifty years after the Wilderness Act was signed into law in 1964, this exhibition celebrates the places preserved by that law – places that thrive not by industry and scientific progress but by the forces of nature alone, protected from significant human intrusion. Pennsylvania artist Thomas Paquette was inspired to create the collection by his visits to federal wilderness areas all around the country during the last two years. The diversity and vitality of the environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System – from southwest canyons and high peaks, to east and west seashores, and lowland swamps and deserts – are reflected in these oil and gouache paintings. In addition to the December 14, 2014 – March 8, 2015 presentation at the Evansville Museum, the exhibition will be shown in California and New York during 2014 and 2015.

 


Jean-Jacques du Plessis Explores New Directions

October 5 – November 30

Presented in partnership with the EVANSVILLE MUSEUM CONTEMPORARIES, JOANN SCHWENTKER, LISA & MARTY IMBLER, and CARRIE & PETE MOGAVERO

 


From October 5 – November 30, the Main Gallery will be the setting for the paintings of Jean-Jacques du Plessis. Born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa, du Plessis earned his Master of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He received a post-baccalaureate degree from Brandeis University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2012, du Plessis attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has had solo exhibitions in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia and has participated in group exhibitions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Rome. This fall du Plessis will exhibit a body of recent work that continues to explore his interest in painting, and also addresses ideas about the ways in which paintings function within space and in terms of signage, personal expression and traditional notions of place.



Les Miley Ceramics Featured in John Streetman Alcove

September 14 – December 28

Presented in partnership with STEVE & SUSAN WORTHINGTON

 

A ceramics professor and chairman of the art department at the University of Evansville for more than 40 years, Les Miley is now professor emeritus and continues to teach part time and organize summer workshops in New Harmony. Miley’s ceramic works have been exhibited in more than 200 competitive and invitational art  exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. The September 14 – December 28 exhibition in the John Streetman Alcove will be a retrospective of this esteemed artist’s work. His ceramics are included in numerous corporate, private and museum collections, and have been featured in national ceramics magazines and professional journals, as well as several books. In addition, Miley has been honored for his teaching, receiving Teacher of the Year from the Evansville Alumni Association, the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award from the University of Evansville, and the Art Educator Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.

 

 



Mid-States Art Exhibition Featured In Old Gallery

December 14, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Presented in partnership with
BRAD & JACQUI GORDON and BARB & BILL BEARD

 


The 57th MID-STATES ART EXHIBITION will be presented in the Old Gallery from December 14, 2014 – January 25, 2015. The exhibition is a regional competition open to artists in a six state area including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Over $10,000 in purchase and merit awards, underwritten by Evansville individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations will be presented on the December 13 awards evening. Purchase awards allow the Museum to acquire works for the contemporary art collection, and merit awards are important for the encouragement and recognition of regional artists. Juror for the competition is artist and educator Ephraim Rubenstein. After receiving his BA in Art History from Columbia University, Rubenstein earned his MFA in Painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He has had ten solo exhibitions in New York at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co. and most recently at the George Billis Gallery. From 1987-1998 he was associate professor of art at the University of Richmond. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.

 


Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Traveling Exhibition Educates Audiences on the Holocaust and Tolerance 

 

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (1927-2007) used fabric arts to tell her story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland. Her nationally touring exhibition, THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE- FABRIC OF SURVIVAL will be presented in the Old Gallery from September 7 – November 30, 2014. In 1942, 15-year-old Krinitz and her 13-year-old sister left their family and ran away when the Jews of their village were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. The sisters evaded the Gestapo for two years by pretending to be a part of a Catholic farm family. In 1977 at the age of 50, Esther began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but with no training in art, she created 36 remarkable fabric pictures with strong, vivid images and folk art realism. She meticulously stitched the narrative of her story beneath each picture. The textiles reveal an incongruity between the beauty of the pastoral landscape and the violence, terror and betrayal experienced by the sisters on their journey. Although Krinitz created her art for her family, her daughters Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade believed her art deserved to be seen by a wider audience. They established a non-profit educational organization to create a traveling exhibition of their mother’s art. Working with Evansville’s Committee to Promote Respect in Schools (CYPRESS), community partners from Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Public Education Foundation, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Temple Adath B’nai Israel, University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana have joined the Museum in developing educational and cultural programming focusing on World War II and the Holocaust.

 


 

Margaret McMullan will Discuss Holocaust Research through the Lens of her own Family Members

 

 

Author and University of Evansville professor Margaret McMullan will talk about her search for a forgotten family member, Richárd Engel de Jánosi. De Jánosi died at Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Mauthausen, Austria. On Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m., McMullan will discuss the journey that led her to Israel, Hungary, and finally to Mauthausen. In the course of her research, McMullan was able to piece together the life of her great uncle de Jánosi, one of 4,000 Hungarian Jews who were taken to concentration camps and murdered during the last months of World War II. 64 years later, McMullan returned to Pécs, Hungary, with her own family to learn about de Janosi’s life so that he might be properly remembered. Margaret wrote about the Engel de Jánosi family in her forthcoming memoir, Where The Angels Lived.

Margaret McMullan is the author of six awardwinning adult and young adult novels including In My Mother’s House, a Pen/Faulkner nominee and Sources of Light, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Margaret has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright grant to research and teach at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary. She is the National Author Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and she currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Recently, she edited Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by daughters with an introduction by Phillip Lopate, due out in spring 2015. Her novel-in-stories Aftermath Lounge is also due in spring 2015.

 


Art and Remembrance

 

Founders Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade to Share Reflections on their Mother’s Art On Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Old Gallery, the founders of Art and Remembrance, an arts and education non-profit based in Maryland, will present a program in conjunction with the exhibition THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE: FABRIC OF SURVIVAL. Art and Remembrance was founded in 2003 to bring the work and story of Holocaust survivor and fabric artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz to a wider audience. The founders wanted to maximize the educational potential of her art and unique story and promote the use of art and personal memoir as tools for promoting healing and awareness. Art and Remembrance was founded by Krinitz’s daughters, Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade. Steinhardt and McQuade grew up with the stories of their mother’s courage and suffering as a child during the war. Years later, after Krinitz began to turn her stories into a narrated series of fabric art pictures, they realized the incredible power their mother’s art and her stitched narratives had. Together, art and story could help people understand what war and intolerance are and how they feel to those who endure them.

The organization has produced the nationally touring exhibition of Krinitz’s work, published the award-winning book Memories of Survival, developed and distributed curricula for students from elementary through high school and produced a multiple award-winning 30 minute documentary entitled Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.

 

EVANSVILLE REMEMBERS

The Holocaust & World War II

 

This summer and fall, the Tri-State area will have the unique opportunity to experience a multi-faceted educational and cultural program focusing on the Holocaust and World War II. CYPRESS (Committee to Promote Respect in Schools) is coordinating this collaborative effort between many of the area’s major organizations and institutions. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, the Evansville- Vanderburgh Public Library, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Public Education Foundation, the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, Temple Adath B’nai Israel, the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, and other community partners will contribute their expertise and resources to create this rich and varied tapestry of experiences to commemorate the Holocaust and World War II:

 

April 27 – July 6

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Legacies of World War II Exhibit

 

Saturday, June 14, 12:30 pm

Shrinersfest on the Evansville Riverfront

D-Day Re-enactment - By LST 325, Freedom

Heritage Museum, IN Military Museum

 

Sunday, June 29, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speaker: Dr. James MacLeod, Professor of

History, University of Evansville, “To You

From Failing Hands We Throw the Torch;

American Memorials and Cemeteries of the

Two World Wars”

 

Monday, September 1, 9 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Documentary: Through

The Eye of the Needle

 

September 7 – November 30, 2014

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

“Through the Eye of the Needle: Fabric of

Survival” Exhibit (09/07/14 – 11/30/14)

 

Sunday, September 7, 3 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Escape From a Nazi Death Camp

 

Monday, September 8, 9 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Escape From a Nazi Death Camp

 

Saturday, September 13, (Time TBD)

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

HeART and Story workshop

 

Saturday, September 13, 6 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Exhibit Opening Reception for Evansville

Museum Members

 

Sunday, September 14, 3 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Documentary: Through

The Eye of the Needle

 

Sunday, September 14, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speakers: Bernice Steinhardt & Helene

McQuade (Artist’s daughters)

 

Wednesday, September 17, 6 pm

USI – Kleymeyer Hall (Liberal Arts 0101)

Film: Nasty Girls (1990; dir. Michael

Verhoeven): Introduction and discussion

by Dr. Silvia Rode, Associate Professor

of German; Chair, World Languages and

Cultures, USI

 

Saturday, September 20, (Time TBD)

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

HeART and Story workshop

 

Monday, September 22, 9 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Orchestra of Exiles

 

Wednesday, September 24, 6 pm

USI – Kleymeyer Hall (Liberal Arts 0101)

Film: KZ (2006; dir.Rex Bloomstein):

Introduction and discussion by Dr. Casey

Harison, Professor of History, director for the

Center for Communal Studies, USI

 

Sunday, September 28, 3 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Orchestra of Exiles

 

Friday, October 3, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Film: Escape From a Nazi Death Camp

 

Friday, October 10, 7 pm

UE – Eykamp University Center – Room 251

Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture: Speaker:

Professor Theodore Wilson, University

of Kansas, “The GI Generation: Sending

American Soldiers into Battle in WW II”

 

Friday, October 10, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Documentary: Through

The Eye of the Needle

 

Sunday, October 12, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Eykamp String Quartet Performance

 

Friday, October 17, 1 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speaker: Jon Kay, Department of Folklore

and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University and

Director of Traditional Arts Indiana, “Memory,

Art and Aging”

Exhibition “Tell People the Story: The Art of

Gustav Potthoff” on loan from Traditional

Arts Indiana

 

Friday, October 17, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Film: Orchestra of Exiles

 

Thursday, October 23, (Time TBD)

UE – Neu Chapel

UE Interfaith Committee

Remembrance/Memorial Service

 

Sunday, October 26, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speaker: Margaret McMullen, Melvin Peterson

Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and

Literature, University of Evansville, discusses

her upcoming book Where the Angels Lived

 

Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 pm

Victory Theatre

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s One

Book One Community: “In the Garden of

Beasts”; Erik Larson, author

 

Saturday, November 15, 7 pm

Victory Theatre

Evansville Philharmonic Classics Series:

Britten’s War Requiem; A Tribute to

American Veterans

 

Sunday, November 16, 3 pm

Temple Adath B’nai Israel

Speaker: Dr. Mark Roseman, Director of

Jewish Studies, Indiana University

 

Late August

Place: TBD “Echoes and Reflections”

Holocaust Education Workshop for

Educators

Coordinated by CYPRESS