Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience
September 10-November 13, 2016
Science, technology, architecture and art converge to question the nature and purpose of survival within the context of climate change and natural disaster: How do we design and retrofit our built world to adapt to increased uncertainty, and do it affordably? How do we produce dwellings that have a full life-cycle of durability pre, during and post disaster?
In Survival Architecture, Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretive solutions and prototypes for emergency shelter. Commissioned, large-scale and portable interactive architectural installations, models, photography and drawings open opportunities for discussion from the perspective of art, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the sociocultural relevance of emergency and survival housing in the age of climate change. Through invention, artistic playfulness, and innovation, artists explore materials, technology, culture and social activism. This exhibition was organized by Art Works For Change, Inc.,with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and additional funding from Nathan Cummings Foundation.
John James Audubon: Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America
November 12, 2016-January 21, 2017
In the 1830s, as renowned naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) was completing the final plates for his monumental Birds of America series, he and his sons began to gather material for his second and equally ambitious undertaking. Planning to complete the definitive study of American wildlife, Audubon set out to document the animals of North America, and to present them in a format as impressive as he had used for his birds. The result of his years of field research, travel, and seemingly endless study was the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, the 19th century’s seminal work on American animals.
This exhibition presents 36 original large-format Audubon prints from the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr. of New York, who have graciously donated their impressive collection to the Huntsville Museum of Art.
A Toast to the Arts: Masters of Inspiration
November 12, 2016-January 1, 2017
Ocala Art Group celebrates artistic diversity in this exhibition of juried artwork. OAG is a not-for-profit educational corporation with a membership open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.
Saturday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Ocala Art Group and the Appleton to celebrate the exhibition, A Toast to the Arts. This FREE event is open to the public; no reservation required. Awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m.
Power & Piety: Spanish Colonial Art
December 6, 2016-February 26, 2017
From the late 17th century until the 1820s, vast profits from cattle ranching and the cultivation and trading of tropical crops turned Spanish American elites from cities in the Caribbean basin into some of the wealthiest people in the New World. The production and trading of religious art during this period was centered on highend pieces for churches, the local nobility, and wealthy individuals. More affordable – and less refined – artworks were produced in large numbers for the homes of people of lesser means. Painters, sculptors, gilders, silversmiths, and cabinetmakers created pieces of the finest craftsmanship to compete with luxury goods imported from Europe. Through 57 paintings, sculpture, silver pieces, furniture, and other decorative devotional objects, this exhibition showcases a wide range of artistic production and the finesse of local masters. It offers an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the daily life and religious practices of colonial Latin America and sheds light on the nature of commercial exchange in the region.
From the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection – a component of the Fundación Cisneros, founded to enhance the appreciation of art from Latin America. Co-organized by the Museum of Biblical Art, New York, and Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.