Solo shows of works by Kara Walker, Tobi Kahn, and Peter Schreyer feature prints, painting, photography, and sculpture on view beginning January 17, 2015.
Kara Walker, Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta, from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, Offset lithography and silkscreen, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara ’68 and Theodore’68 Alfond, Cornell Fine Arts Museum © 2005 Kara Walker
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM) at Rollins College is pleased to announce its winter 2015 exhibition line-up of three compelling solo shows. On view from January 17 to April 5, 2015, Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Tobi Kahn: Reverie, and Peter Schreyer: Returning Home are three distinct single-artist exhibitions featuring prints, paintings, photography, and sculpture. These exhibitions demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Cornell’s programming, with a focus on fostering social and cultural dialogue.
“These three exhibitions embody the diverse spectrum of artwork displayed at the Cornell,” says Bruce A. Beal Director Ena Heller. “We are pleased to showcase the work of an internationally renowned artist like Kara Walker, whose provocative explorations of race, gender, sexuality, and historical archetypes are so important to consider, especially on a college campus. Tobi Kahn’s recent works, which offer 21st-century interpretations of age-old traditions, invite visitors to slow down, look carefully, and think. Winter Park’s own Peter Schreyer contributes to the conversation we aim to generate about identity, place, and cultural exchange.”
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
This exhibition presents Kara Walker’s 2005 print portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). The series features 15 large-scale prints of enlarged illustrations from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War, a compilation of news reports about the war first published in 1866, over which Walker superimposes her now iconic black silhouette figures of stereotypical and hyperbolized African Americans. This print portfolio marks the first time that Walker placed her silhouetted forms in direct dialogue with historic imagery, ultimately challenging the racial history and historiography of the United States.
Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, from Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005, Offset lithography and silkscreen, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara ’68 and Theodore’68 Alfond, Cornell Fine Arts Museum © 2005 Kara Walker
This powerful series includes the work Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, depicting a historical scene from Harper’s of a large and exuberant crowd racing to a riverfront to welcome the arrival of Federal gun-boats. The scene is interrupted by a silk-screened silhouette of an African American woman hovering above the picture plane as a shadow-like specter, almost entirely concealing the arriving ships and appearing to run in the opposite direction.
To complement the prints, the installation features select Civil War-era illustrations by Winslow Homer that were created for Harper’s Weekly, drawn from CFAM’s collection. This exhibition dovetails with Rollins College’s Department of Art for a specialized freshman seminar entitled Exhibiting the Self in 21st-Century Visual Culture, taught by curator Amy Galpin and Professor of Art Kimberly Dennis, in which the 15 students wrote research papers about each of Walker’s prints, exploring concepts of identity theory.
Tobi Kahn: Reverie
Working in paint, wood, and bronze for the past 30 years, artist Tobi Kahn has steadfastly pursued his distinct vision, exploring connections between the intimate and the monumental. Kahn’s early works drew on the tradition of American Romantic landscape painting, whereas his more recent pieces reflect his fascination with untamed and colorful natural beauty. Illustrating Kahn’s quest to represent light, color, and motion as well as showcasing themes such as nature, discovery, personal interpretation, and Jewish traditions and ritual, this exhibition focuses on recent works while reflecting on the entirety of his artistic oeuvre.
Tobi Kahn, PATUACH SUGAR PATUACH (Open, Close, Open), 2012, Acrylic on wood, Courtesy of the artist
Featuring 22 multimedia artworks, the exhibition aims to offer tranquility and inspire meditation. Highlights include the debut of AKH-ITIM II (2014), which features muted and textured blues, greens and yellows off-set by a brilliant red. Inspired by the landscape of Costa Rica, the work echoes Kahn’s well-known Sky and Waters series. Also on view will be several sculptural pieces, including PATUACH SAGUR PATUACH (2012), which means “Open, Closed, Open.” Based upon a yearly ritual at Rosh Hashanah, when Jewish congregations throw breadcrumbs into flowing water to symbolically cast away sin, Kahn creates an entirely new ritual object: a box where transgressions can be locked away and made to disappear.
Peter Schreyer: Returning Home
Since 1980, Swiss-born and Winter Park-based landscape and documentary photographer Peter Schreyer’s black and white photography has been featured in more than 100 exhibitions across the United States and Switzerland. While Schreyer is primarily known for his photography of Florida, this exhibition focuses on recent and never-before-seen images of his homeland, in particular the people and places of the village where he was born.
Tobi Kahn: Reverie and Peter Schreyer: Returning Home will be accompanied by complimentary exhibition booklets.
Peter Schreyer, Backyards in the Sonnenhof Neighborhood, Pieterlen, Switzerland, 2013, Gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the artist
On view concurrently at The Alfond Inn—CFAM’s satellite location that features rotating curated installations of works from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College—are newly installed works by artists such as Sonia Almeida, Edward Burtynsky, José A. Figueroa, Richard Mosse, and Terry Winters, among others.