Thelma's Current Exhibition Picks
Blue Plastic Bubbles: Paintings by Lamar Peterson
On view through April 5, 2014
University Art Museum, SUNY Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Lamar Peterson is presenting a new suite of paintings, works on paper and mixed media collage from the past 10 years at SUNY Albany. Showcasing his signature style of combining deceptively cheerful imagery with sinister subtexts, Peterson's work considers issues of race, class and social unrest. Peterson's work has been featured at the Studio Museum in Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions (2012) and Picture in a Picture, his 2005 solo exhibition. On February 25, the University Art Museum will welcome Peterson for an artist talk, followed by a reception for the artist.
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
On view through May 11, 2014
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
A master painter whose vibrant canvases captured the essence of early 20th century Chicago, Archibald Motley (1891–1981)'s legacy is on full view at Duke University's Nasher Museum. Jazz Age Modernist is the first retrospective of the artist's work in two decades. Curated by Richard J. Powell, the exhibition will travel throughout 2014 to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, TX), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, with a final stop at the Whitney Museum in Fall 2015. Accompanying the exhibition will be a full-color catalogue with essays by David C. Driskell, Ishmael Reed, Amy Mooney, Davarian L. Baldwin and Oliver Meslay.
Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
On view through April 24, 2014
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is presenting an exhibition in collaboration with Yinka Shonibare MBE, his first major exhibition in Philadelphia since his 2004 residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Including approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs and an installation, Magic Ladders reflects on educational access and opportunity, as well as the collecting practices of the Barnes, one of the first American collections to treat African sculpture with equal weight as art from Europe or the Americas.
Making Connections: The Art and Life of Herbert Gentry
On view through March 30, 2014
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Herbert Gentry (1919–2003), whose La Vie Rougee (1965) was included in our Spring 2013 exhibition, Brothers and Sisters, is the subject of a new exhibition at Boston University. Gentry, who expatriated in the 1950s to France, where he befriended fellow American painter Beauford Delaney, is noted for his swirling, figurative work refracted through the lens of abstraction. Also included in this exhibition are works by close friends of Gentry, such as Delaney and Romare Bearden.
Check in next week for more of Thelma's recommendations for things to see around town and beyond!