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.
We had a GREAT time in our summer camps! You can watch some of the movies we made by following this link:
TMA Education Station YouTube Channel
Now is the time to register for our 2016 Summer Camps. Each camp is one week long, from 9:00 – 12:00, and costs $95 (Designer’s Challenge is from 9:00 – 4:00 and $160). You can register via phone or online at the TMA’s website, http://www.tylermuseum.org. Here is what we are doing this summer:
Action! Through Art: June 13-17 (ages 6-8), June 20-24 (ages 9-12). Paint, print, and draw with sometimes surprising techniques and materials while moving your whole body.
Kinetic: Art That Moves You: June 27-July 1 (ages 6-8), July 11-15 (ages 9-12). Explore and make art that swirls, swings, sails, and spins in this sculpture-based class.
Let’s Go Lego: July 18-22 (ages 6-8), July 25-29 (ages 9-12). After we build with bricks the real fun starts when we use our creations as art-making tools.
Designer’s Challenge: August 1-5 (ages 13+). Machines, furniture, clothing- there is no telling what we will design and construct our of our mystery material.
Modern Masters: Twentieth Century Prints is now open. This fascinating exhibition features original prints by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Robert Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Christo, Jim Dine, and many other iconic artists made between 1923 and 2004. Influential artistic movements like Social Realism, Regionalism, Pop Art, and Photo-Realism are represented by over 30 etchings, screenprints, lithographs, serigraphs, and aquatints. Don’t miss it!
Andy Warhol, Mao.
Salvador Dali, Untitled.
Robert Lichtenstein, This Must Be the Place.
Henri Matisse, Large Girl Reading.
Christo, The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York.