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JCMA Current Exhibitions

2006-2007


September 21- November 11

Seeing the Unseen: Photographs by Harold E. Edgerton

As a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1930’s, Harold Edgerton discovered that an electrical current passed through a vacuum tube filled with xenon gas would produce a light so brilliant, so rapidly pulsing, that it could “stop” the whirring rotors of an electric motor on photographic film.  Controlling the light to flash at the same speed as the motor, working with exposures of minuscule fractions of a second, Edgerton was able to photograph and study the rotors as if they were standing still.  His stroboscopic device--“God Almighty’s lightning in a bottle,” he called it—led to the development of today’s electronic flash camera, and to Edgerton’s life-long passion for high-speed, stroboscopic photography.   His curiosity ranged far beyond the bounds of industry:  Edgerton photographed the beating wings of a humming-bird, athletes and acrobats in motion, bullets in flight, a drop of milk splattering and re-shaping into a perfect coronet.  By “stopping” time and motion, his images allow us to see a beauty and order usually beyond the threshold of our eyes.  Seeing the Unseen is organized by the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts and circulated by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services. 

Harold E. Edgerton, Milk-Drop Coronet, ektacolor print, 1957. Courtesy Smith Kramer Fine Art Services

November 30 - February 17

Brad Stroman: Earth Matters

This exhibition will highlight the artistic achievements of Pennsylvania artist Brad Stroman.  “As a contemporary realist,” says the artist, “I am drawn to the everyday visual stimuli of my environment, from the intricate texture of a fallen leaf or the subtle colors within a simple creek stone to the timeworn surface patterns in man-made brick, stone or wooden structures. My responsibility as a socially and politically conscious artist is to interpret those stimuli in not just representational creations, but rather as a personal statement about man’s affect on his environment and the constant struggle by nature to survive in the ever-encroaching world of civilized society.”

“By incorporating the aesthetic of the Japanese Zen Buddhist concept of wabi-sabi, my paintings become a stage where both man-made and natural objects play out their delicate balancing act. Deliberately austere in composition, they focus one’s attention on the detailed trompe o’leil renderings of the subject matter in a way that complements the Eastern philosophy of wabi-sabi. It is through this intimate interaction between my work and the viewer that I hope a stronger understanding develops concerning our imperiled environment’s struggle against the daily ravages of man.”

Brad Stroman, Five Birch Sisters, acrylic on board, 2000. Image courtesy of Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA

March 15 - April 7

Student Exhibition

This annual event brings together works by students in the Fine Arts program at Juniata College working under the direction of our faculty.  This year’s exhibition will feature works of art created in classes taught by Alexander McBride and two faculty members new to the art department at Juniata: Monika Malewska and Gwendolyn Yoppolo. The show, selected by the fine arts faculty in conjunction with museum staff, showcases the artistry and skill of Juniata students and will include paintings, ceramics, photography, digital photography, mixed-media sculpture, and works on paper.

 

Installation of previous Student Exhibition depicting the variety of media in which students work. Juniata College Museum of Art.

April 19 - September 8

A Century of Change: 100 Years at Carnegie Hall

On April 17, 1907, the new Juniata College library, Carnegie Hall, officially opened its doors.  Paid for from funds provided by Andrew Carnegie and designed by the New York architect Edward L. Tilton, Carnegie Hall functioned as the college library from 1907 to 1963.  The history of this building- from library to gallery space- to the Juniata College Museum of Art will be featured as part of this exhibition in celebration of  the one hundredth year anniversary of the  this historic building.  Through archival photographs, this exhibition provides a visual tour of the Juniata campus, revealing the physical, educational, and social transformations that have occurred on campus and in Huntingdon during the past century.  This show is being curated by Jillian Seraphin ’07, a graduating senior with a POE in art history and museum studies.

 

Carnegie Hall, c1907, Juniata College Museum of Art