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Juniata Museum of Art Exhibits feature Warhol, Thomas Cole

(Posted September 16, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Museum of Art will feature superb exhibits of three nationally known artists working in different mediums: paintings by Thomas Cole, photography by Lewis Hine and Christmas-related prints, drawings and objects by Andy Warhol.

The museum's first exhibit of the season, "Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor" runs from Sept. 27 to Nov. 9 and focuses on the work of Lewis Hine (1874-1940), a New York City photographer perhaps best known for his starkly beautiful images of industrial laborers. His most familiar work documented workers who built the Empire State Building.

Hine learned photography while working as a teacher in New York City. He began his photographic career by documenting newly arrived immigrants at Ellis Island. The photography in Juniata's exhibit, on loan from George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., collects photographs Hine took as part of a project to document child labor practices across the United States. From 1906 to 1916, Hine showed how children were neglected and abused while working in coalmines, sweatshops and cotton mills.

Pennsylvania native Andy Warhol's eclectic art career is reflected in the Christmas-themed exhibit "Happy Warholidays," on display from Nov. 22 to Feb. 1. The exhibition centers on Warhol's early career as a commercial illustrator and his use of certain techniques that would influence his later career as a pioneer of Pop art.

The exhibition includes Christmas cards Warhol created for Tiffany's, commercial graphics created for clients and a host of personal drawings, including elves, poinsettias, and religious images of the Madonna and Child. Warhol's use of bold color and repetitive images in these early works can be examined as building blocks for his later career. The exhibit is on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

As part of the exhibit, Wendy Bennett, paper conservator for the museum, will present a talk on art conservation Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Science Center.

Artwork from Juniata College students will be on display from Feb. 14, 2002 to March 22, 2002. The exhibition brings together works by students in the fine arts program under the direction of professors of art, Alexander McBride and Jack Troy, and visiting artists.

The final exhibition of the year will showcase the art of Thomas Cole and other early American painters in "Along the Juniata; Thomas Cole and the Dissemination of American Landscape Imagery," which runs from April 4 to Sept. 13.
Using works from its permanent collection, the Juniata College Museum of Art will show how the work of Thomas Cole, considered "the father of the Hudson River School" of early American landscape painters, was used to popularize landscape images and educate viewers about the value of America's natural beauty.

The exhibit will trace how an early Cole drawing was used as the inspiration for a painting, for popular engravings and as decorative images on Staffordshire soup plates. The show also will demonstrate how landscape imagery reflected the increasing American nationalism from 1820 to 1860 in the work of other American artists such as Asher Durand, Albert Bierstadt, David Johnson and John William Casilear.

The Juniata College Museum of Art is located in historic Carnegie Hall at 17th and Moore streets in Huntingdon. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Summer hours are Wednesday through Friday noon to 4 p.m. starting in May. For more information, please call the museum at (814) 641-3505, or visit the Juniata College Web site at http://www.juniata.edu/museum.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.