One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in recent years comes to the Tyler Museum of Art with “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots,” open to the public October 1st-January 7th, 2018 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus.
Museum members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception 5:30-7pm Saturday, September 30th at the Museum. To RSVP or for more info on becoming a TMA member, call (903)595-1001.
General exhibition admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Admission is free for TMA members, students, children under 12, Tyler Junior College faculty/staff, and City of Tyler employees.
The exhibition, organized by the TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, features close to 40 works by the late Pop Art icon, including a series of Warhol’s signature silkscreen prints drawn from the Cochran Collection of LaGrange, Ga., and a collection of his celebrity-centric Polaroid photographs from the Meadows Museum of American Art at Centenary College of Louisiana.
“Screen Prints & Snapshots” showcases several distinct bodies of work from the later career of Warhol, widely recognized as the father of the Pop Art movement and known for his renderings of Campbell’s Soup cans, Brillo boxes, and the “cult of celebrity” that surrounded his Manhattan studio, The Factory.
Highlights of “Screen Prints & Snapshots” include the silkscreen prints from the 1986 Cowboys and Indians he completed shortly before his death, spotlighting such iconic subjects as John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt, and Geronimo; his 1981 Myths series, featuring touchstones of American pop culture including Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody, and Superman; and selections from his “Flash,” Flowers and Television series. Rounding out the exhibition are a selection of Polaroids and silver gelatin prints, shot from 1958 until Warhol’s 1987 death and offering insight into his intimate relationship with his celebrity friends – Dolly Parton, Jack Nicklaus, and Pia Zadora among them.
Support for the exhibition is provided by Community Partner Sponsor Southside Bank and Media Sponsor Tyler Today Magazine.
Special events in connection with “Screen Prints & Snapshots” include free First Fridays featuring guided exhibition tours at 11am October 6th, November 3rd, December 1st, and January 5th, and Family Days 2-4pm October 14th, November 11th, and December 9th.
Middle School Day of the Dead Art Exhibition
The Tyler Museum of Art continues its commitment to showcasing the region’s diversity with its eighth annual Middle School Day of the Dead Art Exhibition, open to the public Sunday, October 29th-November 5th. Admission is free.
The exhibition features artwork in the TMA’s Education Gallery and lobby by sixth- through eighth-graders from Tyler and the surrounding area, representing middle schools including Moore from Tyler Independent School District, as well as All-Saints Episcopal School, Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Brook Hill School, Cumberland Academy, Frankston Middle School, Holloway 6th Grade, and Whitehouse Junior High. Close to 300 students working across a broad range of media are expected to participate.
The community is invited to join the Museum from 2-4pm Sunday, October 29th for an artists’ reception and celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the traditional Mexican holiday honoring memories of family and friends. The reception will include traditional food and art activities related to the holiday. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. Call (903)595-1001 to RSVP.
To coincide with the Day of the Dead celebration, an installation of selected pieces of Mexican folk art from the TMA’s Laura and Dan Boeckman Collection also will be on display through November 5th in the Museum lobby. For info go to tylermuseum.org.
Landscapes of Fort Worth’s Daniel Blagg in Spotlight with New TMA Exhibition “Roadside Distractions”
The raw realities of urban landscapes marked by the passage of time as seen by one of Texas’ most prolific contemporary artists are the focus of the Tyler Museum of Art’s next major exhibition, “Roadside Distractions: Works by Daniel Blagg,” on exhibit through November 26th at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.
Organized by the TMA, Roadside Distractions showcases 25 of Blagg’s urban realist paintings that depict a wide variety of decaying objects along roads, including old signs and abandoned buildings – with one notable exception, and a subject that will be familiar to Tyler residents: the Sky Vue Drive-In, a venue that plays first-run films but often is considered something of an anachronism as one of only 17 operational drive-in theaters remaining in Texas. All works in the exhibition are recent, including a watercolor piece the artist completed only weeks ago and will be shown to the public for the first time.
Growing up in West Texas, Blagg and his twin brother, Dennis, became fascinated by the desolation of the landscape surrounding them. After serving time as illustrators for the U.S. Army (Daniel in Vietnam, Dennis in Korea), their evolution as artists simultaneously converged and diverged as the brothers co-founded Artspace 111 in Fort Worth, where they both have resided for more than 40 years. As their careers have progressed, Dennis has focused more on scenes of rugged nature while Daniel has been drawn to civilization in a state of limbo.
Support for Roadside Distractions is provided by Collectors’ Circle-Platinum sponsor The Byars Foundation.
Blagg will return to the TMA for a gallery talk on his work at 2:30pm Sunday, October 15th, with a small reception to follow. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged at (903)595-1001.
Additional special events include guided First Friday Tours at 11am October 6th and November 3rd, and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, October 7th and November 11th.
December 10th-February 25th, 2018 – “Contemporary Texas II: Selections From The Permanent Collection” – Contemporary Texas II provides a rare opportunity to view some of the most celebrated works from the TMA’s Permanent Collection together in a single exhibition, offering a glimpse into the Museum’s rich history and its indelible place in the Texas art scene over the past few decades.
The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. For more info call (903)595-1001 or go to tylermuseum.org.
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