San Diego Museum of Art
Melanesian Art from the Valerie Franklin Collection. Ongoing exhibition explores the artistic achievements of Melanesia, where art connects people with land, nature spirits, ancestors and each other to create strong and vibrant communities. On view through January 1, 2015.
Alfredo: Jaar Muxima
Alfredo Jaar’s Muxima (2005) brings together diverse ideas and significant cultural traditions as envisioned by one of the most important contemporary artists working today. A popular Angolan folksong served as the source of inspiration for this work. Jaar, born in Chile, describes the work as a cinematic elegy to the people of Angola and he explains that the film was inspired by his interest in African music. During the process of organizing his extensive collection of recordings made in Africa, he discovered that he had several different versions of the Angolan folk song, Muxima, and the idea for this film was born.
This work, which deals with issues ranging from the remnants of colonialism to environmental destruction, is essentially a visual poem divided into ten cantos, each canto defined by subtle differences in the various interpretations of the folksong, Muxima. Jaar found that the music evokes the experiences of the people of Angola with a communicative power that moving images alone could not achieve. The first canto is a still image of six young boys who face the camera with their hands on their hearts. Muxima signifies heart in Kimbundu, an indigenous language of Angola. The musical component begins in the second canto, as the viewer sees the bow of a boat traveling along the Kwanza River. Throughout the film, the imagery is enhanced by the power of the music.
Jaar, who is based in New York, has been recognized with important exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. His work resides in a number of prominent museum collections including the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has completed projects about Rwanda, Brazil, and the U.S./Mexico Border.
Runs March 15 through July 8.
Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain
Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain will be the first museum exhibition dedicated to the Spanish paintings of Robert Henri (1865-1929), one of the most influential American artists of the early 20 Century.
Henri traveled to Spain seven times between 1900 and 1926, more than any other foreign destination, and produced a substantial body of work inspired by these trips. However, until now his Spanish paintings have never received the scholarly attention they deserve.
Spanish Sojourns consists of over 40 major paintings borrowed from important museum and private collections around the country. Many of Henri’s Spanish works were acquired by museums during his lifetime, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Spanish Gypsy (1912), the first painting by an Ashcan School artist to join the collection of that venerable institution. The paintings in the exhibition, nearly all portraits, present a dazzling cross-section of Spanish society as experienced by Henri: famous dancers and dashing bullfighters, intermingled with spirited gypsies, blind street singers, and weathered peasant men. Gathered together for the first time, these paintings reveal Henri’s ongoing commitment to capturing the essence of Spanish tradition and culture through insightful portrayals of unique individuals.
This nationally touring exhibition has been organized by Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia. The project has been awarded major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Horowitz Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Spanish Sojourns will be accompanied by a fully illustrated hardcover catalogue, funded in part by the Telfair Academy Guild, which presents new scholarship on Henri and places his work in the context of the other American artists, architects, and writers who were inspired by Spain in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
March 29 through September 6.
Sorolla and America
The story of Sorolla and America begins in 1893, with Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's prize-winning submission to the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. On the heels of this success, and a triumph at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, Sorolla would be invited by the philanthropist and collector Archer Milton Huntington to show his work at the Hispanic Society in New York.
This exhibition, which went on to tour the United States, would secure Sorolla a host of prestigious commissions, including an invitation to the White House to paint the official portrait of President Taft — a work which is included in the exhibition.
Sorolla’s reputation in this country would also come to rest on his picturesque paintings of Spanish subjects, including the beaches of his native Valencia. It was to produce such pleasing views that Huntington commissioned Sorolla to paint a series of murals, entitled the Visions of Spain, for the library of the Hispanic Society. This task, which would occupy the artist for years to come, may be counted his most significant American commission, but the fame of the Visions of Spain has also served to overshadow other facets of Sorolla’s success in America.
This exhibition, organized by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the artist’s great-granddaughter, brings together masterpieces that will be presented to audiences for the first time in America and Madrid.
Runs May 31 to August 26.
Sunday, March 9, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 13, 12:00 p.m.
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