Location: Stewart Hall, Second Floor
This off-site exhibition explores themes related to the 2021-22 Campus Read common reading experience, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú. It features several photographs of Mexico and its people from the 1930s by American photographer Paul Strand alongside a series of lithographs that look at borders, boundaries, and the social and political implications of mapping and identity co-created by visual artist Enrique Chagoya and poet Alberto Rios—all from the collection of the Art Museum of WVU.
Location: Stewart Hall, Second Floor
Malcolm Davis (1937–2011) was an internationally recognized ceramic artist who maintained a studio for more than 25 years in Upshur County, West Virginia. He discovered ceramics later in life and became a successful potter and teacher renowned for developing a Japanese-style glaze widely known as “Malcolm Davis Shino.” Featuring more than 70 objects on loan from private collections, this exhibition celebrates Davis’ artistic commitment to both beauty and function through a diversity of forms designed for everyday use.
True Colors: Picturing Identity features selections from the New York collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett exhibited for the very first time in West Virginia—including major works by Keith Haring, Deborah Kass, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol, among others. Together with objects from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition considers how contemporary artists use the human figure in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography to explore and express diverse aspects of both personal and collective identities.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was a groundbreaking and influential American artist who worked in diverse mediums over a six-decade career, including painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and printmaking. This exhibition highlights Rauschenberg’s extended artistic interest in China, from photographs made during his first trip there 1982 to the final large-scale graphic works he completed shortly before his death: The Lotus Series.
In conjunction with Walker Evans American Photographs, on display in the Upper Gallery, the Art Museum is featuring the work of four contemporary photographers in an adjacent gallery installation. Matt Eich, Mitch Epstein, Andrea Modica, and Jared Thorne each make pictures that resonate with Walker Evans’s photographs in distinctive ways, both visually and conceptually—and sometimes unexpectedly. Together they demonstrate how Evans’s work continues to influence artists today, nearly a century after he first visited the region.
There is no singular way to look at the complexities of race and representation
in contemporary art. Drawing on the diverse practices of several African
American artists from across the US, this exhibition features more than 50
prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptural objects.
“Brilliant” celebrates acquisitions made by the Art Museum of WVU over the past several
years and includes a number of rarely seen treasures from its permanent collection—many
exhibited for the first time. Together, the works in this exhibition exemplify
art of the present and recent past, as expressed by artists that seek intelligence
and intensity in the objects they create.
On loan from the Maier Museum of Art, this exhibition features rarely exhibited works on paper and oil paintings, including Arthur B. Davies Figurative Works on Paper from the Randolph College and Mac Cosgrove-Davies Collections and Arthur B. Davies Paintings from the Randolph College Collection.
Harvey and Jennifer Peyton have assembled one of the premier collections of art in West Virginia. It is significant for being both regional and national in scope, and for representing a diversity of American artists—including a number who were committed to advancing social justice through their artistic pursuits.