Nearly 400 years of history effortlessly breeds an indelible spirit of artistry and ambition that dwells on the streets of our Classic Coast. Meander eclectic galleries and vibrant studios for a look at a robust roster of new enchanting exhibits. From a new exhibit at one of two car museums to a look at the complexity of city living in a variety of mediums, cozy up in these studios and museums for an enchanting experience. Possibilities: endless.
LALLA ESSAYDI: FROM "CONVERGING TERRITORIES" TO "HARLEM REVISTED"
Lalla Essaydi is an internationally renowned artist who works in painting, installation, and photography. For her photographic work, Essaydi constructs narratives, often within Islamic architectural spaces. By drawing on imagery reminiscent of Orientalist paintings, Essaydi underscores Western fantasies about the East, and Arab women in particular. At the same time she undermines these fantasies by clothing her female subjects and inscribing them with calligraphy, a sacred Islamic art form accessible only to men in the Arab world.
According to the artist, “By reclaiming the rich tradition of calligraphy and interweaving it with the traditionally female art of henna, I have been able to express, and yet, in another sense, dissolve the contradictions I have encountered in my culture: between hierarchy and fluidity, between public and private space, between the richness and the confining aspects of Islamic traditions.”
Dates: Through February 17
Where: Newport Art Museum
FAKES & FORGERIES
From its conception 28 years ago, artists have been invited to submit serious “copies” or tongue-in-cheek humorous interpretations of well-known artwork in two and three dimensional form. Artists study and learn techniques used by the old and modern masters while the public has a chance to enjoy and own an “almost masterpiece.”
A guest judge selects the “Best in Show” and several “Honorable Mention” awards from the works submitted while gallery visitors are asked to vote for the "People's Choice Award" throughout the month. The winners will be recognized during the opening reception on Saturday, February 2 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.
Dates: February 2 - 28
Where: Spring Bull Gallery
BILL CUNNINGHAM: FACADES
Bill Cunningham: Facades explores the legendary photographer’s project documenting the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. In 1968, Bill Cunningham scoured New York’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing. He generated a photographic essay entitled “Facades.” The project paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. By showcasing fashion in the context of architecture, Cunningham traced the evolution of aesthetics from colonialism to the rise of modernism in New York City.
More than 80 original and enlarged images from Cunningham’s whimsical and bold work will be on display to offer a unique perspective on both the city’s distant past and the larger cultural zeitgeist in late 1960s-70s New York City, an era when historic preservation and urban issues loomed large.
Dates: Through March 1
HORSELESS TO HORSEPOWER: GILDED AND GOLDEN AGE AUTOMOBILES
This exhibition highlights this brilliant time when there was no standard, when grassroots artisans created simply the best of their imagination. From steam power to the smooth and powerful V16 combustion engine, we witness the swift evolution of automobiles in the early 20th Century.
Dates: Through June 2, 2019
Where: Audrain Automobile Museum
AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR
American Illustration and the First World War celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the resolution of “The War to End All Wars” by honoring the essential work the American illustrators accomplished in swaying opinions and rallying National support for the war effort. Featuring original paintings, works on paper, vintage posters, and accompanying artifacts, American Illustration and the First World War displays these artworks as powerful, emotional reminders of the hardships and threats the United States faced during this time, and highlight the critical role the American illustrators played in the outcome of the War.
Where: National Museum of American Illustration
HOWARD PYLE, HIS STUDENTS & THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION
Howard Pyle, His Students & the Golden Age of American Illustration is a exhibition featuring oil paintings, works on paper, and accompanying artifacts that highlight the work of Howard Pyle, known as the “Father of American Illustration”, and the generation of celebrated illustrators he taught. In 1894, Pyle founded the first School of Illustration in America at Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, now Drexel University, shaping the way illustrators created artworks thereafter.
Where: National Museum of American Illustration
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