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Exhibitions

Pairs and Partners: Curatorial Conversations
Portals

June 01 through August 04, 2019

On view in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center

This spring the Museum will mount another in the series of exhibitions we call Pairs and Partners, which allows us to exhibit works of art on paper from our permanent collection while providing unique interpretations in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center. This 2019 iteration is titled Portals and will focus on works of art that suggest the concept of transition from one space, or state, to another. The idea of the portal is specifically tied to the concepts of position, space, and time; artists may exploit those references to encourage the viewer to assess how concepts or objects can convey a sense of physical or psychological passage.
With each Pairs and Partners exhibition, the Museum asks “guest curators” to collaborate with our Museum curators to pick objects that exemplify the topic and then write about those objects in that light. Curators Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Jennifer Jankauskas will add their pairs and interpretations along with our “guest curators” for this installation: Sarah Elizabeth Kelly, Museum Assistant Registrar; Jeff Dutton, Caddell Sculpture Garden Superintendent; Alice Novak, Curator of Education; and Angie Dodson, Museum Director. Each participant will pick two works from the collection to compare and contrast, highlighting the way in which those works demonstrate the concept of transitions.

 

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, The Traghetto, No. 2, 1879–1880, etching and drypoint on laid paper, Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr., 1999.7.139