FALL GUIDE 2008 - VISUAL ARTS 


Homage to the Square: A less exciting title would be hard to come up with. For a generation marinated in Andy Warhol's anti-cerebral celeb- reality and Jackson Pollock's ejaculatory howls, Josef Albers' austere meditations on geometry and color are all too easy to pass by. But as in most Minimalism (small-M minimalism as well), the simplicity of Albers' Homages to the Square and Variants is deceptive; within those serene progressions of tint and hue lies a revolutionary philosophy of seeing and of life.

Albers, a member with his wife of the Bauhaus until it was disbanded by the Nazis, is best known for his book Interaction of Color, a slim and perhaps unintentionally poetic volume setting forth his experiments with visual perception. Out of those experiments, the basis of modern color theory, emerged this series of paintings.

"Layer after layer of civilized life seems to have veiled our directness of seeing. We often look for an underlying meaning of things while the thing itself is the meaning," Albers said — anathema today, when an ironic eyebrow seems to be arched over so much camp-burdened work.

Josef Albers Color Genius, opening Sept. 20 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, exhibits 27 prints, most of them the rigorous, concentrically stacked squares of color with which the artist illustrated his belief that "color deceives continually." If you've ever stared at an orange, green and black image of the American flag (a la Jasper Johns), then squeezed shut your eyes to see the afterimage in red, white and blue, you know that color is subjective. Albers dedicated his later life to exploring the how and why of that subjectivity from a purely aesthetic standpoint — that is, he chose not to focus on the physiology or physics of color perception, stressing "seeing" over "so-called facts."

With the departure of relatively new CFAM curator Luanne McKinnon (Luanne, we hardly knew ye), we wait with bated breath to see what future exhibitions at the Cornell will bring. This show, however, is a solid get and is buttressed with two commendable gallery events: Josef and Anni Albers: Art Is Everywhere, a film about this remarkable marriage of equals and their 51-year partnership, screens 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7; and 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, brings a gallery talk touching on the Alberses' time in the 1940s at North Carolina's Black Mountain College. An extraordinary bastion of progressive art education open only 23 years, the college both sheltered and launched a staggering number of the modern avant-garde.

Jessica Bryce Young

OPENINGS/EVENTS

Sept. 27

Bold Hype Grand Opening Show A wide variety of local and national artists go on display at the new gallery. 7 pm Saturday. Bold Hype, 1844 E. Winter Park Road; free; (407) 649-2965.

Fall in Love With Handmade Central Florida artists and artisans share their unique crafts. 8:30 am-10 pm Saturday. Cottage Industry, 1600 Edgewater Drive; free; (407) 999-5251.

War-Hol Artists pay tribute to the postmodern Godfather with live screen printings, music and a screening of the documentary Superstar. 7 pm Saturday. R.V. Studios, 630 W. Central Blvd.; $10; (407) 428-9331.

Women in the Arts This annual exhibit and fundraiser includes a silent auction and stage performances, all to provide scholarships in the arts for young girls and women. 3 pm-6 pm Saturday. Women's Club of Winter Park, 419 Interlachen Ave., Winter Park; $20; (407) 491-3884.

Oct. 3-Oct. 5

Maitland Rotary Art Festival Annual show and sale of fine arts and crafts created by local artists. 6 pm-10 pm Friday, 10 am-10 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday. Lake Lily Park, 641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; (407) 263-5218.

Oct. 4-Oct. 5

Winter Springs Festival of the Arts Food and wine, jazz, and 125 artists line this casual stroll. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Winter Springs Town Center, 158 Tuskawilla Road; free; (407) 365-6500.

Oct. 10

Vagabond Art Party The Art Army and Apartment E present a night of interactive creativity, with Perego's Organic Lightshow, dance performances, live mural painting and more. 9 pm Friday. The Office Gallery and Art Studios, 47 E. Robinson St.; free; (407) 843-3172.

Oct. 11-Oct. 12

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival Local and national artists display works in this sidewalk show complete with food, entertainment and workshops. 9 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Central Park, North Park Avenue and West Morse Boulevard; free; (407) 644-8281.

Oct. 16

Roho Art & Coffee Grand Opening The CityArts Factory premieres its venue for Hispanic culture and hot beverages. Visit www.rohoartandcoffee.com for details. 6 pm Thursday. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; (407) 648-7060.

Nov. 7-Nov. 9

Festival of the Masters Annual art festival featuring more than 200 visual artists displaying their works, with activities and music, also including the annual Folk Art Festival. 9:30 am-5:30 pm Friday-Sunday. Downtown Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista; free; (407) 824-4321.

Nov. 21-Nov.23

DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts Juried art show and celebration with art displays, live performers, vendors and family activities. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Downtown DeLand, Indiana Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard; free; (386) 738-5705.

Nov. 22-23

Uptown Altamonte Art on the Boulevard Fine arts and crafts on display, with live entertainment and an interactive kids' art area. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 571-8863.

Uptown Altamonte Art on the Boulevard Fine arts and crafts on display, with live entertainment and an interactive kids' art area. 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs; free; (407) 571-8863.

EXHIBITS

Sept. 2-Nov. 15

From Swords to Plowshares A look at World War II "trench art" — items made by soldiers, prisoners and civilians during wartime. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Saturday. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $3-$5; (407) 647-6294.

Songs of the Patriot Follow the musical progression of America's attitudes during World War II. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Saturday. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $3-$5; (407) 647-6294.

Sept. 5-Oct. 24

A Spectacle and Nothing Strange Former UCF professor Rebecca Sittler showcases her large-scale photographs of foodstuffs in unexpected places. 8:30 am-4 pm Monday-Friday. Anita S. Wooten Gallery, Valencia Community College East Campus; free; (407) 582-2289.

Sept. 5-Oct. 25

Private Spaces: The Kansas and Florida Project Color pictures of people's private homes and spaces in Kansas, Mexico and Dunedin by photographer Les Slesnick. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; (407) 671-1886.

Sept. 5-Nov. 2

Behind the Velvet Rope Chris Usher's photographs give perspectives on politicians from the campaign trails to the back rooms. 11 am-5 pm Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-7 pm Wednesday. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach College, Daytona Beach; free; (386) 506-4475.

The Florida Wetlands Photographer Lee Dunkel exposes Florida's natural landscapes. 11 am-5 pm Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-7 pm Wednesday. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach College, Daytona Beach; free; (386) 506-4475.

Sept. 5-Nov. 23

Lost Tribes Theodore Morris presents a series of realistic paintings depicting the life of prehistoric peoples in Florida. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday. The Museum of Florida Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; free-$3; (386) 734-4371.

The Painted Figure: Jabbur, Thursby and Tiffany Complementary styles by three artists focusing on the human form. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday. The Museum of Florida Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; free-$3; (386) 734-4371.

Sept. 9-Oct. 10

From Rural to Urban: Landscapes Differences between the land of the country and the land of the city seen through the eyes of area artists. 11 am-4 pm Thursday-Saturday. Comma Gallery, 813 Virginia Drive; free; (407) 376-1400.

Sept. 12-Oct. 26

Mascaras A showcase of masks, costumes and artwork related to Vejigante, the masqueraded character at the center of carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico. 9 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, noon-4:30 pm Saturday-Sunday. Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; (407) 539-2181.

Sept. 15-Dec. 19

Conversations With the World: Eatonville Photographs by teacher Lonnie Graham. 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday. Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville; free; (407) 647-3307.

Sept. 17-Oct. 11

Feminati V: Divine Beings A mixed series of photographs, paintings and more designed around gods, saints and angels. 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; (407) 973-1756.

Sept. 18-Oct. 10

Orlando Camera Club Group Show In this first exhibition of the OCC, members show off some of their best shots. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. The Gallery at Metro, 323 E. Church St.; free; (407) 237-3331.

Patrick Pierson and Frank Gady Metal sculpture from local artist Frank Gady and paintings by Florida artist Patrick Pierson. Noon-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday. The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; (407) 523-6700.

Richard Reep A display of found art objects with an environmental theme from the local artist. Noon-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Guinevere's Gallery, 37 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; (407) 803-6670.

Sept. 18-Dec. 30

Far and Near Horizons Landscape Artists International and International Plein Air Painters organized this show of paintings of different world environments. 8 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. The Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.; free; (407) 246-4279.

Sept. 19-Nov. 13

The Art of the Vessel Celebrating the ingenuity of the cultural exchange between American and Italian artists working in the medium of glass. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Millenia Fine Art, 555 Lake Destiny Drive; free; (407) 304-8100.

Sept. 20-Nov. 2

Provocative Pairings OMA places works from its permanent collection of different themes, mediums and times side by side. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Friday, noon-4 pm Saturday-Sunday. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave.; $5-$8; (407) 896-4231.

Sept. 20-Dec. 30

Josef Albers Color Genius Prints from the influential Yale alumnus's color theory series, Homage to the Square and work from his series of geometric compositions. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park; $5; (407) 646-2526.

L.C. Armstrong: The Paradise Triptychs New large-scale triptychs from the New York—based artist deliver four imaginary landscapes that reveal her signature techniques. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park; $5; (407) 646-2526.

Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings Thirty-six rare etchings from the Dutch master, mainly focused on portraying beggars as sympathetic biblical figures. 10 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park; $5; (407) 646-2526.

Sept. 24-Dec. 30

Orlando Remembered: Faces and Places This latest installation of Orlando Remembered delves into the stories of the movers and shakers that have made their mark on Orlando history. 10 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. Orange County Regional History Center, Heritage Square; $9; (407) 836-8500.

Sept. 25-Dec. 30

Quiet Contentment: The Art of Henrietta Milan Bright and vibrant paintings from the Texas impressionist. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; $5-$3; (407) 647-6294.

Oct. 1-Dec. 30

Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered Former Master Artist-in-Residence Mark Dion retraces the steps of the 18th-century naturalists. 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday. Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach; free; (386) 427-6975.

Oct. 6-Oct. 30

Scenario Paintings and assemblages from local artists Keith Theriot and Josh Garrick. Noon-9 pm Monday-Thursday, noon-5 pm Friday-Saturday. Gallery Q, 946 N. Mills Ave.; free; (407) 228-8272.

Oct. 10-Nov. 8

Inuendo Modern artist Kayla Prommersberger teams up with award-winner Patricia Byron for this showing. Noon-5 pm Tuesday-Friday, 11 am-4 pm Saturday. Creative Spirit Art Gallery, 820A Lake Baldwin Lane; free; (407) 228-0005.

Oct. 4-Oct. 25

Flesh Out Joelle Dietrick and Sarah Stites display mixed media works exploring figurative art. 10 am-2 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday. Harris House at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; free; (386) 423-1753.

Oct. 4-Oct. 30

Good vs. Evil Area artists interpret the age-old struggle. 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday. Pound Gallery, CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave.; free; (407) 481-9977.

Oct. 4-Dec. 30

Jill Greenberg "The Manipulator" shows off her unique interpretations of wild animals and children, with an artist's talk on Oct. 4. 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm Wednesday. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach College, Daytona Beach; free; (386) 506-4475.

Pedro Meyers: Heresies The Mexican photographer uses provocative digital images that create magical realism. 1 pm-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-5 pm Tuesday, Thursday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm Wednesday. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach College, Daytona Beach; free; (386) 506-4475.

Oct. 5-Oct. 30

Elements of Love A selection of mixed-media works by Donna Dowless, known as the Heart Artist. Noon-5 pm Sunday, 10 am-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Gallery on First, 211 E. First St., Sanford; free; (407) 323-2774.

Oct. 6-Dec. 20

Centennial Faces Photographer Alvan S. Harper gives a fresh perspective on African-Americans a century ago. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-2 pm Saturday. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; (407) 671-1886.

Oct. 13-Oct. 17

Obed Gomez and Pedro Brull Local Hispanic painters continue UCF's celebration of Hispanic culture with this showing of works. 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday. UCF Art Gallery, 4000 Central Florida Blvd.; free; (407) 823-3161.

Oct. 14-Nov. 7

Charles Turzek: Fine Art Printmaker A display of the late painter and printmaker's rare original woodcuts and collographs. 11 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Comma Gallery, 813 Virginia Drive; free; (407) 376-1400.

Oct. 14-Dec. 30

American Cut and Pressed Glass Tableware 1876-1917 Turn-of-the-century glass objects, including luxury or brilliant-cut glass and Three-Face pattern glassware. 9:30 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $1-$3; (407) 645-5311.

Oct. 16-Nov. 14

Beyond Geppetto and Pierre Haskelson Check out this display of innovative and artistic puppets, plus metal works from a local artist. Noon-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday. The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; (407) 523-6700.

Ginormous Art Artists Doug Bloodworth, Karen Carasik and John Wilton display epic works. 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. The Gallery at Metro, 323 E. Church St.; free; (407) 237-3331.

James lLee Fantasy and magic realism paintings from the local artist. Noon-6 pm Thursday-Saturday. Guinevere's Gallery, 37 S. Magnolia Ave.; free; (407) 803-6670.

Oct. 17-Dec. 12

Interdependence and Inner Beauty Haunting images of wood sculptor Joseph Rossano's works are juxtaposed with X-ray photography of seemingly mundane objects by Nick Veasey. 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Millenia Fine Art, 555 Lake Destiny Drive; free; (407) 304-8100.

Oct. 24-Dec. 30

The Original Silver's Circus & Zoo Celebrating the life of circus-traveler Sonny King through autobiographical visual art. 10:30 am-4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4:30 pm Sunday. Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; $1-$4; (407) 246-4278.

Nov. 1-Nov. 29

Arabesque Florida artists Candace Knapp and Nancy Dillen show their paintings and sculptures. 10 am-2 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday. Harris House at Atlantic Center for the Arts, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; free; (386) 423-1753.

Old Fables of New Stories Large-format photography by Randall Smith featuring humorous twists. 10 am-2 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Tuesday-Friday. Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach; free; (386) 428-1133.

Visions of Metals Florida-based repousse artist Stefan Alexandres and Orlandoan sculptor Marsha DeBroske display some of the possibilities of metal. 11 am-4 pm Saturday, Noon-5 pm Tuesday-Friday. Creative Spirit Art Gallery, 820A Lake Baldwin Lane; free; (407) 228-0005.

Nov. 7-Dec. 21

Moments of Light, Water & Air Central Florida painter William E. Orr puts on a show of natural scenes. 9 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, noon-4:30 pm Saturday-Sunday. Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland; $3; (407) 539-2181.

Nov. 7-Dec. 30

Narrative Tactics Sequential art works (contemporary comic strips) by painting and sketch artist Michael Annian. 9 am-1 pm Friday, 9 am-2 pm Saturday, 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; free; (407) 671-1886.

The World of John Sloan Featuring work from the artist's New York years, Gloucester period and time in the South. 10:30 am-4:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4:30 pm Sunday. Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St.; $1-$4; (407) 246-4278.

Nov. 8-Nov. 29

Naughty & Nice Works from local artists Luciana Nogueira, Jack Fowler and Bonnie Gillenwater. Noon-5 pm Friday-Saturday, noon-9 pm Monday-Thursday. Gallery Q, 946 N. Mills Ave.; free; (407) 228-8272.

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