OUMA to Present Three Exhibitions in Fall 2013

August 30, 2013

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art will present three concurrent exhibitions from September 8-December 8, 2013: Picasso, Braque, Léger: 20th Century Modern Masters; Victor Hugo: Selections from the Schlossberg Collection; and Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings.

Picasso, Braque, Léger: 20th Century Modern Masters, presented by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Exhibition Series, includes more than 80 works introducing viewers to lithographs, etchings and aquatints by three of the 20th century’s modernist leaders. These fine prints were the result of collaborations or interpretations of major literary works by post WWII writers and poets, such as Le Cocu Magnifique by Fernand Crommelynck and illustrated by Pablo Picasso, Le tir à l’arc published by Louis Broder, Paris, and illustrated by Georges Braque, and Arthur Rimbaud’s poem Fêtes de la Faim illustrated by Fernand Léger. The prints on view provide extraordinary insight into the genius and concerns of each artist as a printmaker and bibliophile. Each body of work provides unique qualities of design and format, a deepened understanding of muse, and the ability to create rhythmical beauty based on literature and poetry. This exhibition is part of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Exhibition Series and was organized by curator Reilly Rhodes of Contemporary and Modern Print Editions.


Victor Hugo: Selections from the Schlossberg Collection, on view in the Center Gallery, will include drawings, prints and sculpture, by a number of artists, celebrating the life and work of literary and political figure Victor Hugo. The exhibition presents 17 works by 15 nineteenth century artists, including Jean Francois Raffaelli and Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer, both students of Jean-Leon Gerôme. A bronze sculpture study of 1903 by Jean Boucher for his monumental Hugo sculpture completed in 1913 will be on view. The larger work was presented by the French government to the island of Guernsey where Hugo was exiled and where he wrote his most famous works, Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Les Miserables.” [More…]

Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings is presented courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company. A selection of original Santa Paintings by Haddon Sundblom and vintage ad materials will be on view in OUMA’s Skylight Gallery. Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings presents major paintings by Sundblom (1899-1976) from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. With Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” as his inspiration, Sundblom created for The Coca-Cola Company our modern-day concept of Santa as a jolly, plump and hard-working fellow. [More…]

A Wednesday Lecture Series will accompany the exhibitions:

  • September 11, 7 p.m. “The Right and Left Bank of Parisian Artists: The Bateau Lavoir and the Ruche” by Dr. Jay Lutz, Professor of French, Oglethorpe University.
  • September 25, 7 p.m. “’Crommelynck’s Le Cocu Magnifique (The Magnificent Cuckold)’ illustrated by Picasso and Robert Andrew Parker,” by Dr. Jay Lutz, Professor of French, Oglethorpe University
  • October 2, 7 p.m. “Victor Hugo and French Romanticism” by Mr. John Daniel Tilford, Collections Manager, OU Museum of Art.
  • October 16, 7 p.m. “Léger, Le Corbusier, Italian Futurists, Machines, and the Dynamic City” by Dr. Jeffrey Collins, Assistant Professor of Art History, Oglethorpe University.
  • November 6, 7 p.m. “Léger’s Modernist Take on Rimbaud’s Illuminations” by Dr. Jay Lutz, Professor of French, Oglethorpe University.
  • November 20, 7 p.m. “Georges Braque Paintings and Prints” by Ms. Renée Maurer, Assistant Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
  • December 4, 7 p.m. “Keeping Christmas: From Pagan to Puritan to Popular Culture” by Ms. Elizabeth Peterson, Director, OU Museum of Art.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays and university holidays. General admission is $5. OUMA members and children under 12 receive free admission. Parking is free. Please call in advance so that we may best accommodate disability access or to arrange touch tours for individuals with low vision. OUMA is located on the Oglethorpe University campus at 4484 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. OUMA is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts. For more information, visit museum.oglethorpe.edu or call 404-364-8555.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is a leading liberal arts and sciences university which enrolls 1,100 students representing 34 states and 28 countries. Oglethorpe has been named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges, and Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern College in its 2012 edition of The Best 376 Colleges. Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, an organization of America’s most selective liberal arts institutions. For seven consecutive years, Oglethorpe has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to and achievement in community service. Oglethorpe is home to the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and to Georgia Shakespeare, a professional theater-in-residence. OU currently competes in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. Website: www.oglethorpe.edu.

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Contact: Renee Vary, 404-364-8868 or rvary@oglethorpe.edu

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