Visit the Tyler Museum of Art this summer to enjoy the A/C and a colorful exhibition featuring three of Texas’ most celebrated contemporary artists- Shannon Cannings, Leigh Merrill, and Kelly O’Connor. Hyper-realistic paintings, refined drawings, serene prints, and campy collages provide a diorama of American popular culture reminiscent of the 1950s and ’60s. Nostalgic, charming, and sometimes questioning, the images of swimming pools, squirt guns, and vacation paradises will get you in the summertime groove!
Ed Blackburn’s career spans four decades and can be linked to the art historical movements of Photorealism and Pop art, but overall his broad range of interests and subject matter defies categorization. This exhibition is focused on Blackburn’s work from the 1980s, which features scenes from Hollywood movies like Five Card Stud and Chinatown, and celebrities like Elvis Presley, James Dean, Gene Hackman, and Frank Sinatra. Here are some of the works of art you will encounter on your visit to the TMA:
Tyler native Robert Langham has been photographing East Texas subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism class at TJC. His avid interest in fine art photography led him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in his hometown. Additionally, he has shared his passion with new generations for more than two decades as a photography professor at his alma mater, TJC. His photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and the TMA, where he also served as guest curator for Scott M. Lieberman, M.D.: At the Vantage Point in 2014.
Brickstreet Anthology is the product of Langham’s extensive research and travel throughout Tyler “to train his lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as they are dynamic,” TMA curator Caleb Bell said. Shooting on black-and-white film rather than relying on digital imagery, Langham’s subjects range from business and civic leaders to citizens going about their everyday business “to capture the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique community.” Here are some of the photographs featured in the exhibition:
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “2016 Rose Queen Mallory Curtis,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Blaine and Sparkle,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Kevin, Laura and Rick Eltife,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Rusty Mitchum,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Dennis Smith,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Steve Knight,” 2015. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Robert Langham (b. 1952). “Dee Gordon,” 2016. Silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the artist.
Organized by the Tyler Museum of Art, this exhibition visually spotlights a variety of plants and animals as well as the environment surrounding them. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and prints, the works are as diverse as the great outdoors they depict. While several pieces come out of our Museum’s Permanent Collection, the majority of works- some recently completed- are drawn from public and private collections across Texas. Many of the artists included in Flora and Fauna are featured at the TMA for the first time.
The artists featured in Flora and Fauna are: Helen Altman; Jack Beal; Keith Carter; James Drake; Kelly Fearing; Juan Fontanive; Lilian Garcia-Roig; Susan Kae Grant; Billy Hassell; Luis Jimenez; Jules Buck Jones; Alex Katz; Page Kempner; MANUAL; Carrie Marill; Mark Messersmith; Melissa Miller; Earl Staley; Bill Steffy; Jim Stoker; Randy Twaddle; and Liz Ward.
Billy Hassell (b. 1956). “Rio Blanco at Dusk,” 2012. Oil on canvas, 36 x 80 in. Courtesy of Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Mark Messersmith (b. 1955). “Those Who Believe,” 2008. Oil on canvas, with integral gold fame, carved wooden pediment with mixed media embellishments, wood ladder, dangling butterflies, and mixed media predella, 82 1/4 x 66 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (excluding extras: 75 1/8 x 66 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.) Gift of the 2009 Collector’s Circle 2009.50
Susan Kae Grant (b. 1954). “They Were Mischievous,” 2012. Archival inkjet print, 34 x 26 in. Courtesy of Conduit Gallery, Dallas.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are famous for their large-scale, environmental projects that have temporarily altered urban and rural landscapes in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Each of the Christos’ projects, from the earliest to the most recent, exists only briefly in the world, but is anticipated with suspense for months and even years while being planned. More closely related to architecture in their monumentality and realization than to traditional art forms, the Christos’ projects involve an incredible number of steps—logistical, political, social, and economic. The important role that this process plays in the Christos’ work is unique to these artists.
Amy Faulconer and her husband, Vernon, donated scores of artworks to the Tyler Museum of Art, greatly contributing to the museum’s international reputation of excellence. Right now you can see part of their legacy in this unique exhibition that especially highlights Texas artists like David Bates, William Montgomery, Vernon Fisher, and Sedrick Huckaby. Here are a few things you can look forward to seeing.
Lance Letscher (b. 1962). “The Tone,” 2015. Collage on masonite, 64 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist and Conduit Gallery, Dallas.
Mark Lewis (b. 1959). “Boston Avenue (Looking North),” 2011-2012. Graphite and paper collage, 81 x 58 in. Courtesy of the artist
Collage is the art of combining different 2-D elements to make something brand new, and the artists featured in this exhibition are masters. The backgrounds and perspectives of Lance Letscher (Austin), Mary McCleary (Nacogdoches), and Mark Lewis (Tulsa, Okla.) are as varied as their work: Lance recycles images from newspapers, magazines, and catalogs to communicate brand new ideas; Mary makes complicated narratives in dazzling colors with buttons, trinkets, and brightly dyed fabrics; and Mark shares his experiences of working on the sidewalks of his native city in intricate paper images in shades of white, black, and gray. Here are some of the collages you will see.