Museum Medley

By Margaret Hancock

With schools in full swing, museums across the Mid-Atlantic provide excellent complementary learning opportunities, with shows that successfully merge aesthetics with history.

Mint Museum of Art – Charlotte
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fair 1851-1939

September 22, 2013 – January 19, 2014

NAMA Ruys Zaire Centerpiece BowlThe Mint celebrates the World’s Fair expositions with objects debuted at these historical
events during an almost 90 year time span. As the most important vehicles for
introducing advancements in modern living, the fairs – and subsequently the exhibition –
combine the decorative arts, fine arts, and industrial design with iconic works including
Marcel Breuer furniture. Like the fairs themselves, this exhibition showcases a wide
range of artistic and technological achievements through hundreds of objects curated
from both private and public collections across America and Europe.

Photo credit:
Raymond Ruys, designer, Belgian, 18851956; Delheid Frères, manufacturer, Belgium
(Brussels), 18281981.
Zaire Centerpiece Bowl, 1930. Silver. The Nelson
Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Purchase: The Charlotte and Perry Faeth Fund. 2002.4

National Gallery of Art – Washington
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

September 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014

3209-011Paris maintains a long and continuous history of inspiring all who partake in the culture
and design of the city. The National Gallery captures this inspirational city through the
first retrospective exhibition in the United States of 19th-century French photographer
Charles Marville. The exhibition brings together 100 photographs covering the arc of
Marville’s career and features city scenes, landscape details, architectural studies, and
compelling photographs of Paris and its environs.

Photo credit: Charles Marville. Arts et Métiers (Ancien Modèle), 1864. albumen print
from collodion negative, 36.6 x 24.1 cm (14 7/16 x 9 1/2 in.). Lent by The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2007

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Richmond
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States

On view through October 20, 2013, check the VMFA link for current exhibits.

2008.184 v1 TFIn this two-room exhibition, the VMFA revealed the fifty works from the much-celebrated
Vogel collection received by the museum in 2008. The Vogels are renowned for
amassing twentieth century Minimal and Conceptual works, as well as Post-Minimalist
and new-Expressionist art. As a couple, they redefined the collecting world by living off
one New York state employee salary and using the other state salary to purchase art.
Through interpretive material that includes a biographical film of the pioneering Vogels
and gallery text describing the personal relationships between the artists and the
collectors, the story of the art takes center stage with the art itself.

Photo credit: Untitled, 1988, Jill Levine (American, born 1953), modeling compound,
paint. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel
Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States. Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of
Fine Arts

Museum of Contemporary Art – Virginia Beach, Va.
Matt Eich – The Seven Cities

September 12 – December 29, 2013

OystermenontheJamesRiver-MattEich-01MOCA hosts a photography exhibition exploring the pronounced character and rich
heritage of Hampton Roads through the lens of local artist Matt Eich. The compilation
of color photographs capture Hampton Roads and the region’s seven distinctly different
cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, and
Suffolk. The documentary imagery delves into the variety of peoples, cultures, natural
environments, and built environments to present a unique study of a specific locale.

Photo Credit: Matt Eich, Oystermen on the James River, 2009. Archival Pigment Print
Courtesy of the Artist

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