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Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

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Orientalism: The Allure of North Africa and the Near East Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art
October 27, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Huth, Boeing, Salmon & Haws Galleries

Orientalism: The Allure of North Africa and the Near East – Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art explores how artists from both Europe and America represented the cultures and peoples of Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa– both real and imagined – during the 19th century.

The Orient enchanted Romantic artists who wanted to escape Europe’s urban rigors, Realists who sought to record the “authentic” Orient, and others simply in search of fresh subject matter to satisfy the demands of a changing Western art market. Some traveled to the region as part of official government missions, others accompanied wealthy patrons, or were hired by the local elites and royalty.

Drawn from the Dahesh Museum of Art and a private collection, Orientalism: The Allure of North Africa and the Near East – Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art features over 50 exceptional paintings, sculptures, and lavishly illustrated books by artists from Europe and America, such as Hermann David, Solomon Corrodi, Rudolf Ernst, Ludwig Deutsch, Charles-Théodore Frère, Joseph Farquharson, Frederic Lord Leighton, Edwin Longsden Long, Émile Prisse d’Avennes, Owen Jones, and Frederick Arthur Bridgman.

The exhibition explores the artistic legacy of Western encounters with the Orient in the 19th century through a variety of themes ranging from the West’s fascination with Ancient Egypt, Medieval Islamic architecture and design, and the exploration of biblical history, to the exotic genre and harem scenes. The stories unfolded by the artists’ travels reveal the cross-cultural exchanges that continue to fascinate us two centuries later.
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Connections: Stephen Paul Day | Sibylle Peretti
October 20, 2019 – February 9, 2020
Grisham Gallery

The Huntsville Museum of Art is pleased to present the sixth installment of its exhibition series focused on contemporary artists linked in terms of subject matter and sensibility. The latest installment of this series features two artists from New Orleans whose works revolve around themes of childhood, nature, innocence, and loss. Stephen Paul Day creates skillfully executed paintings and sculptures that are whimsical and charming, reflecting aspects of his boyhood as well as folktale symbolism. Sibylle Peretti creates glass sculptures and multimedia collages which combine photography and drawing with surface techniques such as engraving, mirroring, and glass slumping. The world Peretti creates for the children in her pieces is mysterious, alluring and potentially fraught with danger, underscoring their fragility and humanity.

Looking at the Collection: John James Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
October 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Haws Gallery

American artist John James Audubon achieved worldwide fame in the 1840s with his large scale folio of prints, The Birds of North America. Later in his career, he partnered with his son, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Dr. John Bachman of Charleston to document the region’s quadrupeds. Like his birds, Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America are still considered the finest prints of their kind published in America. He eventually produced 150 folio drawings, hand-colored and printed by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia.

This exhibition presents 18 original large-format Audubon prints from the Viviparous Quadrupeds series, donated to the Museum several years ago from an important private collection.
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Reframed: American Women From the Sellars Collection
October 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Chan Gallery

The permanent collection of the Huntsville Museum of Art was dramatically enhanced in 2008 by the acquisition of the Sellars Collection of Art by American Women. This landmark gathering of historical works celebrates the achievements of over 100 talented female artists active between roughly 1850 and 1940.

The Museum has recently launched a project to commission hand-carved and gilded period reproduction frames for key works in this Collection. To date, 24 watercolors, oils and pastels have been transformed through the endeavor. Reframed will provide the public with an opportunity to encounter all of these works displayed together for the first time.

Huntsville Photographic Society: 2019 Members’ Showcase
August 25 – October 27, 2019
Guild Gallery

This annual juried selection of approximately 50 photographs by the highly talented members of the Huntsville Photographic Society will include both color and black and white photography in a range of styles. Each year, the exhibition is juried around a common theme. This year’s theme is Chiaroscuro. The word derives from the Italian chiaro, meaning clear or bright, and the Latin oscuro, meaning dark or obscure. In the visual arts, it defines a technique of exaggerating light and shadow as they define three-dimensional objects. The technique was most famously used by the 17th century painters Caravaggio and Rembrandt to increase the dramatic and psychological effects in their paintings.

The Huntsville Photographic Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of photography in Huntsville and the surrounding area through informative programs, member contests, and special events. The HPS Members’ Showcase is an annual exhibition jointly organized by the Huntsville Photographic Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Preview Reception in Honor of HPS Photographers
Thursday, August 22, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m.
The Betsy & Peter Lowe Board Room of the Davidson Center for the Arts Wing, Hosted by the Huntsville Photographic Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art

Member Tickets: FREE | Non-member Tickets: $5 after 5 p.m.
Enter through the main entrance on Church Street

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