Harry Sternberg, American, 1904 - 2001. Blast Furnace #1, 1937. Etching and aquatint on paper, 14 13/16 × 11 7/8 in. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson in memory of Mr. Robert Martin Purcell 1981.101

The Power of Print

June 18, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Graphics Gallery

In the early 20th century, between the two world wars, a group of artists in the United States used printmaking to shed light on the major issues that faced the country, such as staggering levels of unemployment, economic instability, and poverty. This group, including such names as Adolf Dehn, Blanche Grambs, Harry Gottlieb, Harry Sternberg, and William Gropper were known as Social Realist artists since they used art to not only express their point of view but also as an instrument to bring about social change. Printmaking was an influential tool as it was more affordable and accessible than other forms of art—both for artists to create and for people to purchase. The Power of Print will feature works from Social Realist artists that address the major concerns of the early 20th century, many of which are still relevant today, including working conditions, fascism, racism, and women’s roles.

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Maya Culture Guatemala. Cocoa Jar with Monkeys, ca. 800 – 1200 CE. Clay 20 x 10 in. Gift of Robert Drapkin 

Walk on the Wild Side

August 6, 2022 - February 5, 2023

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Animals, both real and mythological, have occupied an important place in art from prehistoric to modern times, often carrying a rich variety of symbolic associations. These creatures have served as vehicles for allegory, moral instruction, and have stood as symbols for power and social status. The human relationship with other species is complex and ever-changing with images of animals in art continuing to entertain and inspire us. 

 From functional to decorative, the artworks in Walk on the Wild Side feature various animal groups from amphibians and reptiles to mammals and the fantastical hybrid creatures. The exhibition, drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, explores animals and their place in culture through three-dimensional works of various time periods and media including stone, ceramic, and glass.

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Victo Ngai, American, born China, born 1988. The Hand of the Queen, 2019. Digital print on paper, 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm). Collection of the artist © Victo Ngai

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration

September 24, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

For hundreds of years, artists have been inspired by the imaginative potential of fantasy. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality—a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons, and magicians weave spells. With examples of archetypes from the last few millennia, Enchanted offers a thoughtful appraisal of how artists from long ago to the present have brought to life mythology and fairy tales, as well as modern epics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The exhibition includes themes such as children's tales, gods and monsters, knights in shining armor, and much more. Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Golden Age illustrators like Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, as well emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Victo Ngai.

Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Non-flash photography or video with a hand-held camera or mobile device solely for private, non-commercial use, is permitted in the galleries unless otherwise specified. Selfie sticks are not permitted in the galleries.

Exhibition sponsored by Susie Thompson

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