Boris Lovet-Lorski, American, born Lithuania, 1894 - 1973. Sieglinde, 1930s. Carved plaster with ebony-like finish, 10 3/8 × 5 1/2 × 2 in. (26.4 × 14 × 5.1 cm). Bequest of Mary Mallery Davis 1990.53

3D: Focus on the Figure

May 8, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Hodge Gallery

The human form has provided sculptors with inspiration for thousands of years. The very first sculptures created were stylized representations of the human form. In Western Art, the human form has evolved over several centuries from predominantly religious and mythological subject matter to works that come close to abstraction. Traditionally, artists work in materials like metal stone or clay; however, contemporary works incorporate a variety of materials like glass and found objects.

This exhibition explores the rich history of depicting the human form in three dimensions with sculptures spanning over five centuries and includes sculptures by Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Giovanni della Robbia and Gerolamo Campagna, Antonio Canova to Modernist and contemporary works by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.

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Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, born 1929. Geometric Mouse, Scale C, 1971. Anodized aluminum, 19 × 20 × 13 in. (48.3 × 50.8 × 33 cm). Gift of Dr. Bernard J. and Arlene D. Harris 1991.30

3D: Focus on the Abstract

May 8, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Henry Gallery

At the turn of the 20th century as the modern art movement developed and artists began experimenting with different forms, techniques, and materials, sculptors soon realized that their work did not have to look like anything found in the real world, but rather could be an expression of their emotions or creative process. In contrast to the exhibition on view in the Hodge Gallery, 3D: Focus on the Figure, this exhibition presents sculptures by artists who have strayed away from realistic representation and explored abstraction including Louise Nevelson, Michael Dunbar, and George Sugarman.

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Leana R. Quade, American, b. 1979. Release, 2016. 3:58 seconds. Courtesy of the artist.


May 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021

Media Arts Gallery

Evoking stress, tension, anxiety, and amazement, the video performance Release pushes glass—and the viewer’s nerves—to extremes. Artist Leana Quade reveals the amazing proprieties of glass while mimicking feelings one may have when approaching a simple, yet terrifying task. Using a sheet of tempered glass, a ratchet strap, and nerves of steel to slowly bend a sheet of glass until it explodes, the process as well as the result was more intense and terrifying than she anticipated. Excitement turns to anxiety within the simple process of clicking a ratchet strap. The viewer shares the dread and nervousness of the artist, watching as she struggles every click of the way.

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Robert Arrington, American, born 1950. Self-Portrait, 1985. Etching and silkscreen on paper. 12 13/16 x 9 15/16 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1986.3

Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity

April 17, 2021 - July 11, 2021

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition features selections from the Jack B. Pierson Print Collection, which contains 856 works on paper by 404 artists from around the globe. Drawing on Pierson’s experience as a gay man, Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity sheds light on the important role sexual identity played in forming his collecting habits and highlights the work of several well-known and lesser-known gay artists. In addition, the works of heterosexual artists are featured, contextualized through their homoerotic subject matter (informed by classical mythology and admiration for male athleticism) or the supportive content of their political messages.

Through highlighting public identity and activism, dissecting historic complexities of the gay male gaze, and considering the pensive and private moments of gay love and attraction, this exhibition captures the multi-dimensional nature of gay identity in the 20th century. 

This exhibition was originally scheduled for 2020 but was moved to 2021 due to the Covid-19 closure of the FIA.

Support provided by

IFPDA Foundation

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John Miller, American, born 1966. Chicago Dog, 2018. Blown and Hot sculpted glass, mixed media, 16 x 28 x 14 in. (40.6 x 71.1 x 35.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

Blue Plate Special

April 10, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Harris - Burger Gallery

John Miller is known for his larger-than-life glass sculptures of everyday objects. As a young boy, he spent plenty of time with his father at drive-in and roadside diners. The neon signs, glistening chrome tables, and quintessential American cuisine left a lasting impression on the artist. His current studio, located two blocks from old Route 66, provides Miller with constant artistic inspiration. It is one of the most famous roads in the United States and jammed with the type of diners and other small businesses that Miller experienced as a child. 

From the 1920s through the 1950s, many diners offered a daily, inexpensive special called the blue plate special. It was a hearty meal that was perfect for travelers on the go or budget-conscious patrons. Although blue plate specials are rare today, for many, including Miller, it is a nostalgic term that conjures fond memories. Featuring a number of Miller’s oversized classics like hot dogs and French fries, this exhibition won’t fill your belly but it will put a smile on your face.

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Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12, Chinese, Chime: Dragon in Clouds, 1765, Jadeite, 26 7/8 x 29 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Gift of Mrs. Fredrick B. Miner, FIA 1968.13

Art of Jade

August 15, 2020 - May 23, 2021

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Art of Jade explores the history of the cultures that work with jade, as well as the functional, stylistic, and technical developments of jade as an artistic medium. The artworks in this exhibition were made by artists who patiently ground and drilled the material, a process that could take days, months, and even years to complete. Because of the stone’s beauty, strength, and rarity, jade has become a symbol of social identity, hierarchy, status, wealth, and power in Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. This exhibition features 75 objects dating back as early as 3200 BCE.

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