Season’s Greetings from the Dauras
Christmas Cards, 1928-1972
November 4 – December 11
Shortly after his marriage to Louise Blair in 1928, Pierre Daura began the custom of designing original Christmas cards to send to friends and relatives. He continued through the years, with few exceptions, until her death in 1972. Daura’s cards most often depicted scenes of the Nativity and Epiphany—Madonna and child, shepherds, Magi, angels, and the star of Bethlehem—as well as Christmas legends. Daura wrote, “…it has gotten so my friends expect an original yuletide greeting each year and after all this time, I would not think of letting them down…” (1952). The Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College owns a near complete set of Daura’s Christmas cards.
Indelible (P)ink Panther and Popular Culture
November 10 – December 11
Animation’s coolest anti-hero with the grooviest theme song ever… The Pink Panther was created by Friz Freleng for the opening title sequence of Blake Edwards’ 1963 film, The Pink Panther (MGM/United Artists), starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, out to catch the thief of a legendary diamond called the pink panther. Accompanied by Henry Mancini’s mod jazz beat, Freleng’s animated Pink Panther sauntered suavely across the silver screen, straight into superstar status. This hip cat of unparalleled sophistication debuted on NBC-TV in 1964, captivating audiences in 140 cartoon shorts. A second series debuted in 1984 and continued for the next decade. This exhibition is a blast from the past, spying on the Pink Panther as an example of popular culture while uncovering his contribution to 20th century animation. The artifacts in this exhibition are in the Daura Gallery’s permanent collection.
Napoleon in Exile
When he was defeated in 1814, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was given the Mediterranean island of Elba to rule with an army of 1,000 men. He escaped the next year, only to be defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. This time, his enemies wanted to incarcerate him in a place from which he could definitely not escape. They chose St Helena, an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 1,200 miles from the nearest land. It is one of the most remote places on Earth. This exhibition, curated by Museum Studies student Bess Spencer ’16, traces Napoleon’s defeat to his exile, and to his death and repatriation to France.
Hornets Abroad: Photographs by International Travelers
Sponsored by the Center for Global Education
November 16 – February 1
Photographs by LC’s world travelers, sponsored by the Center for Global Education.
Red: Color in 20th Century Works on Paper
January 18 – May 6
Red, with its brilliant hue and broad cultural history, has inspired artists’ imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia. Artists for centuries have strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature, and to express the spirit, symbolism, and sustenance of life. Throughout art history, artists put used colors that, when put together, made something viewers understood as a “picture.” But what if there were no objects in a painting? No people? No landscape? What if the only “thing” was the color itself? By the 20th century, artist were wondering what would happen if just one or two colors were used. Would it represent something anyway? The idea was that if you started with a decision to make a painting, and then emptied your mind, applying pigments in whatever way seemed right, then something would emerge from your subconscious that would be interesting. “A painting is not about an experience,” American Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, whose work is shown here said. “It is an experience.” This exhibition features works on paper of artists exploring color theory and seeking new forms of expression. Ranging from European modernism to Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art, and dating from 1949 to 1989, they represent the constant change and vital searching that energizes art.
January 18 – April 8
A figure study is a drawing or painting of the human body made in preparation for a more composed or finished work; or to learn drawing and painting techniques in general and the human figure in particular. This exhibition, co-curated by Beverly Rhoads, Associate Professor of History, will feature drawings, lithographs, and engravings by artists Renoir, Cadmus, Maillol, Marsh, Giacometti, Rodin, Lachaise, Luks, Daura, and more, both from the collection of the Daura Gallery and on loan from other institutions.
Marie Tiner: Figurative Sculpture
January 18 – April 8
Marie Tiner (1926-1993) was an artist whose education and career in physics and X-ray crystallography, and her studies in sculpture with with Jose de Creeft at the Art Students League in New York, inspired her approach mathematical forms in painting and sculpture. Her figurative sculpture will be rotated throughout the exhibition period, with drawing materials provided for all visitors to sketch from the sculptural models.
Max Weber: Primitives
January 18 – April 8
Max Weber was one of the first American Cubist painters and sculptors. Born in the Russian-Polish city of Bialystock in 1881, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 with his Orthodox Jewish parents and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning in 1901, Weber taught art in public schools in Lynchburg and Duluth, Minnesota. In 1905, he moved to Europe where he experienced the explosion of avant-garde modern art, particularly in France, before returning to New York in 1909. Throughout his career, Weber experimented with Fauvism, Cubism, Dynamism, Expressionism, Futurism, and other techniques he encountered in Europe. He was praised as a “pioneer of modern art in America” in a 1945 Life magazine article. In 1926, he released Primitives: Poems and Woodcuts. Weber designed the modernist-style binding for the book, first published by Spiral Press in a run of 350 copies. Original editions such as the one on exhibit in the Daura Gallery are now rare.
Maxfield Parrish: Book Illustrations
Curated by Museum Studies student Laura Meisner ’17
April 8 – August 15
It has been said that books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish (1870-1961) no longer belonged to their authors, but rather they became ‘Parrish’ books. Known for his distinctive saturated hues such as “Parrish Blue” and idealized neo-classical imagery, he helped shape America’s Golden Age of illustration. As a result of his ability to create such a sublime splendor, Maxfield Parrish became unquestionably the most successful and best-known American illustrator of the early part of the twentieth century. This exhibition, curated by Museum Studies student Laura Meisner ‘17, will feature illustrations from The Arabian Nights, Poems of Childhood, and Knave of Hearts.
Senior Art Thesis Exhibition and Student Art Show
April 25 – May 6
Annual exhibition of student work.
Fractals: Mathematics & Science in Art
May 16 – August 1
Fractals are many things, including mathematical “objects” produced by a computer. These abstract designs depict fascinating designs of infinite structure and complexity, geometric shapes that have symmetry of scale, designs that mimic naturally occurring patterns (like clouds, mountains, river systems and deltas, coastlines, leaves, snowflakes, the nervous system, and blood vessels), images which are repetitive in shape but not in size. One’s imagination and curiosity will be awakened with these artistic creations. Loaned by the South Carolina State Museum.