The Adirondack Museum is opening up the process of naming two exciting new 2015 exhibitions to the public! You can share in the process of naming an exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary Mohawk basketry, as well as an exhibition of contemporary prints by American artist Ellen Phelan by taking this brief online survey.
New Art Exhibition Opening in 2015
This exhibition will present twenty-four over-sized pigment prints created by noted artist Ellen Phelan. She has worked in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, gouache, pastel, photography, stencil, and collage; began painting landscape scenes en plein air in the summer while vacationing in the Adirondacks; and has works in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum, among others.
Conceived as a set piece, the series is a visual exploration of the artist’s beloved gardens and landscape at Kenjockety, her estate on Lake Champlain in Westport, New York. Phelan’s images express a sense of nostalgia, sometimes misty views that seem more memory than documentary, and are both deeply personal and evocative.
The works reflect this contemporary artist’s deep emotional attachment to the Adirondack landscape through a unique hybrid art form – original photographs combined with paint, enlarged and printed as oversized digital prints. The show will also explore the artist’s biography, the story of the historic Kenjockety estate and gardens, and the collaborative process for creating these prints.
Click here to take the survey, and vote for your favorite title for this exhibition!
Mohawk Basketry Exhibition Opening in 2015
Created in the Adirondack region over the past 150 years, these extraordinary baskets made for practical, commercial, and decorative are artworks in their own right, ranging from sturdy, well-made utility baskets to fanciful creations that reflect the creativity, skill, cultural imagery, and humor of their makers.
The exhibition will explore work baskets; fancy baskets; baskets with particular cultural meanings; the history of baskets as a commercial product, including the Adirondack tourist trade; the processes and tools used to prepare ash splints and other materials for use in basketmaking; community efforts to restore black ash trees and protect them from the invasive emerald ash borer beetle; and efforts by the community to preserve the ever-evolving and important art form of basket making. In addition to the artifacts in the exhibition, the gallery will include a demonstration area for periodic programs featuring visiting craftspeople, who will create baskets and talk with exhibition visitors about their craft.
Again, click here to take the survey and help name these two new exhibitions!