Through January 4, 2015
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, brings together thirty-five of Howard’s mixed media works which explore Black folk customs and traditions of the American South. Baring witness to that culture, Howard collects found and repurposed objects to build and layer her works into dramatic structures that reflect on her personal, communal, and cultural history. The resulting artworks are contemplative and speak to memories and emotions of a rich history from a uniquely American source.
Howard’s works are a constant interchange between formalism and content as she becomes more committed to the process of retrieval—selecting and working with repurposed materials to capture and peel back the layers that form her ideas and inform the embedded stories that she pushes forward, conscious of the layering of time and how time brings historical perspective to life.
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Photo of Mildred Howard by Don Farnsworth, Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA
In conjunction with the StageWorks Fresno production of The Normal Heart scheduled for FAM's Bonner Auditorium, September 12 to 28, 2014, FAM proudly presents four sections from the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS.
Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life or lives of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.
Listed among the many individuals represented in the sections on view are names of early AIDS activists as well as some of those affiliated with the characters personified in The Normal Heart. One example is Brad Davis, the actor who, while playing an AIDS activist in the Broadway show The Normal Heart in 1985, was diagnosed with AIDS. He kept this information to himself until his death in 1991.
“We are thrilled to have the chance to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community. These handmade blocks, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals who have lost their lives to AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank the Fresno Art Museum for hosting this event and we invite you all out to see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”
Julie Rhoad, Executive Director
The NAMES Project Foundation
Gallery 25, a cooperative venue for Central Valley artists, is celebrating 40 years of exhibitions in 2014. This Anniversary Exhibition will feature 20 artists exhibiting paintings, drawings, print-making, and mixed media works. Begun as a project in the 1974 Feminist Art Program spearheaded by Professor Joyce Akin at Fresno State University, the Gallery has grown over the years to include male artists. Gallery 25 features the best in Contemporary Art from the Central Valley of California and has been located in downtown Fresno for the last 10 years.
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Images: Sharon Bickford, Reflection Mandala, 2012, mixed media with watercolor and Jerrie Peters, Canyon Colors, 2014, acryic on wood
Carmel-based photographer, Tom Millea, is a master of the platinum palladium print. The process is a labor-intensive technique that harkens back to the earliest days of photography. The emulsion creates a sepia tone impression. It is a strenuous and tactile process that uses a hand-made emulsion of platinum, palladium, and ferric oxalate and requires the negative to be exposed directly on the paper via ultra violet light. Platinum prints date back to the 1830s, and were the dominant form of photography for a hundred years until they were replaced by silver gelatin prints. Millea was drawn to the durability and depth that platinum printing offers and was instrumental in reviving interest in the process.
Millea does not strive to capture a beautiful image or offer a postcard view of the landscape he chooses to photograph; instead, Millea considers the subject to be secondary to the emotional resonance and tonality of the image. This approach grants an ethereal quality to his photographs and creates an intimacy between artist and audience, allowing the viewer insight into the spiritual journey of the photographer.
The selected images in this exhibition are meant to evoke a sense of isolation and stillness, and to inspire reflection upon life, death, and the relationship of these states of being with art.
Image: Tom Millea, Aguerrebury Point, 1981 and Oasis, 1982, platinum prints
Annette Corcoran, transforms the common teapot from an object of function to one of pure aesthetic. An avid bird watcher, Corcoran is inspired by the birds she encounters and the ever-changing essence of nature. Her work combines observation, imagination and technical skill. Corcoran's use of trompe l'oeil and graphic realism create objects that exemplify the movement and character of each bird, as well as linking the past and the present through the unique stylizing of the teapot.
Image: Annette Corcoran, Paradise Flycatcher and Malachite King Fisher, ceramic (Photos by Patrick Tregenza)
Art of the Word includes illustrations and text from artist books and folios that illuminate poetry, stories, and written thoughts. Works include many familiar artists and authors, including Wayne Thiebaud, Jose Posada, Joey Krebs, Eric Carle, Ynez Johnston, William Saroyan, and Roald Dahl.
Images: (L to R) Eric Carle, from Roosters Off to See the World; Patrick Bensen, from The Minpins by Roald Dahl; DeLoss McGraw, from The Midnight Carnival by W.D. Snodgrass; banner at top of page, far right, Štěpán Zavřel's Sous la lagune de Venise (Under the Lagoon of Venice)
The Fresno Art Museum's fall exhibitions are made possible by generous support from Baker, Peterson, & Franklin, LLP, Jane M. Cleave, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Lyles Fund of the Fresno Regional Foundation, August Madrigal, and the Women's Auxiliary of the Fresno Art Museum.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is presented in partnership with StageWorks Fresno and The NAMES Project Foundation.
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Mildred Howard: Collective Memories is made possible by the Fresno Art Museum Council of 100 with additional support from the Gallery Paule Anglim.
Art of the Word is made possible by generous support from the Bonner Family Foundation, Christy V. Hicks, and Greg and Deborah Lapp.