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JCMA Current Exhibitions

2007-2008


September 20 - November 3

Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints

Inspired by the pride in African American identity that the Harlem Renaissance fostered, Jacob Lawrence produced, at the age of 23, his first major series,The Migration of the Negro. In 60 panels he depicted the movement north of hundreds of thousands of African Americans fleeing the racism and poverty of the American South. That series propelled Lawrence into the “mainstream” of the art world. For over 50 years, until his death in 2000, his paintings documented, dramatized, and celebrated the human “capacity to struggle.” His subject matter ranged from Harriet Tubman, to the Haitian leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, to the civil rights movement—and to the quieter heroism he’d witnessed every day in the Harlem working-class community. Lawrence’s visual language is known for its boldness of pattern, simplified shapes, and emotional directness. In the 1970s he began to reproduce his paintings through silk-screening and otherprinting techniques. The museum is proud to present in this exhibition three series of these prints, including his Genesis series, which draws on Lawrence’s boyhood memories of the passionate sermons heard in the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and of the power of these sermons to join people together. This exhibition is on loan from Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

 

Jacob Lawrence, GENESIS Series: No. 5;

Jacob Lawrence, GENESIS Series: No. 5: “And God created all the fowls of the air and fishes of the seas,” silk-screen print, 1990, 19 5/8 x 14 3/8''. Image courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

November 15 - February 23

Monika Malewska: Counterpoise

This exhibition showcases the work of Monika Malewska, who joined the department of art and art history at Juniata in 2006 as assistant professor of fine arts. Malewska’s work has been characterized as postmodernist, “which might,” she says, “mean many things,” reliance on contradiction, for one. Malewska "embraces” art history and at the same time likes “to have fun with it, to turn it upside down.” Her paintings blur boundaries between traditional genres like still-life and narrative. They further blur boundaries between what are considered “high” and “low” forms of art. They rely on seductive, bright colors and on “playful, sweet images” to entice the viewer. But then, in the ways that familiar subjects are posed and juxtaposed, they suggest darker qualities and meanings: unease, manipulation, the insidiousness of our “culture of consumption.” Yet always with a lightness of touch, Malewska works with layers of thinly-applied oil paints, and various glazes, to create luminous soft-focused surfaces for her paintings. Malewska refers to her work as “a psychological push and pull.” And “full of contradiction,” like life. The museum is pleased to introduce this compelling painter to the community.

 

 

Monika Malewska, Pillsbury Doughboy and Barbie

Monika Malewska, Pillsbury Doughboy and Barbie, oil on panel, 2005, 8 x 10''. Image courtesy of the artist.

March 13 - April 5

Student Exhibition

This annual event showcases work by Juniata students working under the direction of Sandy McBride, Monika Malewska, and Bethany Benson. 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, photographs, digital photographs, and works on paper. In addition, as the Fine Arts program at Juniata continues to grow, an expanded range of courses will be offered during the 2007– 2008 academic year and this year’s exhibition will feature mixed-media sculpture in addition to a variety of three-dimensional artwork.

 

Student Exhibition 2007

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

April 17 - September 6

The Color Prints of George Baxter

George Baxter (1804-1867), a British printmaker trained as a lithographer and engraver, patented a process in 1835 to produce color prints using oil based inks. The Baxter Process, as it was known, was laborious and time consuming, requiring a separate engraving block for every color found in the print, each aligned with meticulous perfection. Baxter’s works initially appeared as book illustrations and he quickly became interested in providing inexpensive prints for popular sale, catching the attention not only of the masses, but also of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who commissioned him on several occasions. The Color Prints of George Baxter was developed from the permanent collection of the Juniata College Museum of Art and showcases a wide range of Baxter’s artistry, including selections from his Missionary Prints, a series inspired by his work for several missionary societies between 1838 and 1847 and published by subscription only. Additionally, this exhibition will highlight Baxter’s interest in and illustrations of contemporary events; his images can be found on playing cards, needle boxes, handkerchief boxes and music sheets.

 

 

 

George Baxter, Puss Napping

George Baxter, Puss Napping, oil color lithograph, c. 1840s, 4 3/8 x 6 1/4''. Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection.