This exhibition presents works of art—photography, collage, and paintings—that exist at the intersection of nature, culture, artifice, and perception. The theater of the self, influenced by art history, pop culture, and fashion, takes center stage in this international exhibition. Every picture in this visually lush exhibition tells an aspect of the story of our times. Photographs of constructed realities in the Flora series were created in collaboration between Neeta Madahar and the subjects of the portraits.
The familiar becomes extraordinary in Neeta Madahar’s Falling (2005).* In this video animation, countless sycamore seeds cascade in slow motion toward the viewer in a mesmerizingly orchestrated descent. Accompanied by a musical score by composer Miguel d’Oliveira, Falling explores the beauty and unexpected drama of our everyday surroundings, transforming aspects of the natural world into a dreamlike state.
Graffiti or “street art” has been largely synonymous with being made and viewed outdoors, on surfaces of public structures throughout cities worldwide, usually without permission. The visual vocabulary used by graffiti artists has often expressed modes of activism, creative thought, and personal and cultural insignias.
A journey across geographic place, art historical precedents, and the very history of photographic image making find a dynamic relationship in The River of No Return, a series created by Laura McPhee over a multiyear residency in the Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho, supported by the Alturas Foundation. What at first glance appear to be bucolic scenes of a pristine world become on closer inspection images of a landscape that at every turn has felt and recorded the impact of human habitation.
Be Inspired! connected works new to the Permanent Collection and the opportunity for the community to hear from the artists who created them. New work in diverse media by Nicole Awai, Angela Dufresne, Bo Joseph, Matt Rich, Jim Sajovic and (non-Permanent Collection) filmmaker Stacey Steers was featured.
Inspired by the best-selling book The Map as Art, this exhibition presents artworks that explore issues of mapping—whether conceptually or quite literally—while also examining the personal gesture involved in large-scale works. The exhibition features works by Ingrid Calame, Nathan Carter, Tiffany Chung, Joyce Kozloff, Lordy Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and Heidi Whitman. The exhibition is co-curated by Kemper Museum Director and Chief Curator Barbara O’Brien and Katharine Harmon, author of The Map as Art (published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).