May 15 to August 24, 2014 (unless otherwise noted)
Photographer, author, and director Ethan Russell is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. A boy from California who wasn’t even really a photographer when he took his first pictures of Mick Jagger, Russell was one of the foremost rock photographers in the world a few years later. He was at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, shot the “Let It Be” cover for the Beatles and was on the rooftop for their last concert. He took the cover image for “Who’s Next,” and directed the last video with John Lennon the week before he was murdered. His early career coincided with a cultural storm of music, art, politics, civil rights, power, change, and evolution that reshaped the world and became the collective story of a generation. Best Seat in the House is a series of photos from rock history.
Images: "Who's Next" England, 1971; Chuck Berry and Mick Jagger, 1969 (all Pigmented Archival Prints)
Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal has been privileged to have photographed famous musicians and celebrities throughout his career. He learned early on that his success was dependent on his ability to blend into the physical and emotional environment of the moment knowing that important lost moments can never be recaptured, he realized that some of the best shots occur at the least expected moments. His career spans more than four decades and includes credits on more than seventy album covers and images of some of the biggest names in show business and the music industry.
Jason DeBord has long loved rock music and has been a huge fan and follower of the concert scene since the 1980s. He started The Rock Subculture Journal (on-line) in an effort to share his love of music, connect with fellow fans and artists, and to share and memorialize the experience of attending live events, as well as participate in the dialogue about bands and artists in contemporary rock and pop music. In this exhibition, he is excited to share his love for music and provide a view of the people who create it.
Images: Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal, "Deja Vu" (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young), photograph, 1969; Jason DeBord, Imagine Dragons, photograph, 2013.
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)
2014 is the year of Wilderness, celebrating 50 years since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964. Initially the Wilderness Act protected 9 million acres; today 110 million acres of National Parks, Forests, Fish and Wildlife, and Bureau of Land Management lands are protected. Communities around the nation are celebrating with activities throughout the year. Fresno's celebration of Wilderness and Art includes the exhibition Photographs of Wilderness, created by the members of Spectrum Art Gallery. These images capture the untouched environments within the National Wilderness Preservation System, which include deserts, tundra, lava beds, swamps, alpine meadows and coasts.
Images: Rick Preston, Oregon Tide, Archival Pigment Print; Franka Gabler, Morning Reflections, Three Brothers, Yosemite
January 24 to August 24, 2014
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)
Art of the Word is made possible by generous support from the Bonner Family Foundation, Christy V. Hicks, and Greg and Deborah Lapp.
Norman Rockwell is made possible by generous support from Ralph and Elaine Lynn and the President's Exhibition Fund, with thanks to Kaye Bonner Cummings, David and Sloan Johnson, Karen Morais, and Joe Sciarrone, as well as many others.
Best Seat in the House and Rock On... organized in partnership with FAM by the Chris Winfield Gallery
Additional support for the summer exhibitions is provided by the Women's Auxilary of the Fresno Art Museum.
Experience the opening reception held on May 15, 2014 and learn more about our current exhibitions from this ValleyPBS video: