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Sculpture by Picasso | Dr. John T. Spike | Third Thursday Lecture Series Presented by EVB

February 18, 2016
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6 PM

While Pablo Picasso’s The Women of Algiers smashed auction records and garnered headlines across the globe, Picasso Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art has garnered critical acclaim for drawing attention to Picasso’s influential and important work in three dimensions. Dr. John T. Spike will provide an in-depth look at this landmark exhibition featured at the Museum of Modern Art and hailed by the New York Times as “tantamount to [a] work of art in [its] own right.” The lecture will be sure to leave the audience with one question – ‘Was Picasso a better painter or sculptor?’

Reception to follow sponsored by EVB.

Light Works: A Century of Great Photography

February 4, 2016
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February 6, 2016— April 10, 2016

From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, Light Works  explores the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and many other celebrated photographers are highlighted in this exhibition.  Drawn primarily from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Light Works   also features works from the Muscarelle Museum of Art permanent collection as well as important loans.

Photo credit: EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, Animal Locomotion, Man with a Donkey, 1887, collotype.  Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm John Upjohn.

Press Release Available Here

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane opens at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

November 5, 2015
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The 2013 blockbuster exhibition at the Muscarelle Museum, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti, has returned to the United States for two encore presentations at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Curated by Dr. John T. Spike, the exhibition consists of twenty-six drawings by the Renaissance master and represents another remarkable collaboration between the Casa Buonarroti, the Muscarelle Museum of Art and the Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi in Rome.

As curated by Dr. Spike, the exhibition highlights a range of works, from rough sketches to presentation drawings produced over a span of 60 years drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Casa Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s ancestral home in Florence, Italy.   The unifying theme is the age-old contrast of the sacred and profane as understood by Michelangelo.  In this second edition, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane offers two beautiful drawings not seen in the 2013 exhibition, including a profile study of a young man’s face and an anatomical study of the torso of Christ.

Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane will remain on view at the Frist until January 6, 2016.  The exhibition was brought to the Frist to celebrate the Center’s fifteenth anniversary.  After closing at the Frist, the exhibition will continue to the Phoenix Art Museum where it will be on view from January 17, 2016 until March 27, 2016.

The Muscarelle has published a Second Edition of its catalogue, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, to accompany this exhibition. The Second Edition features additional essays by Dr. John T. Spike as well as other key contributors.

For more information or to visit the exhibition at the Frist, visit their website here.

For more information or to visit the exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, visit their website here.

Leonardo App Wins SEMC Award

October 10, 2015
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We are proud to announce that the Decoding Da Vinci app which allowed visitors to flip through an interactive Codex on the Flight of Birds during Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty has received an honorable mention award in the Applications category of the inaugural SEMC Technology Competition.

The SEMC Technology Competition began this year to recognize and reward excellence in the use of technology by southeastern museums. The competition encourages innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional identity.

If you missed Decoding Da Vinci, it is not too late to enjoy the app.  Click here to visit it in your browser!

Leo App


The Art Newspaper

May 14, 2015
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The Art Newspaper [May 2015]:  When “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston on 15 April, it will justifiably attract enormous public and critical attention. It features 15 drawings by Leonardo and his followers, borrowed fr om the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, as well as the Codex on the Flight of Birds, around 1505, from the same institution; seven Leonardo drawings from the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence; and eight drawings by Michelangelo from the Casa Buonarroti in the Tuscan capital.

It is not surprising to see such an important show at the Boston museum, one of the world’s great encyclopedic collections. But the institution behind the show and its first venue, the Muscarelle Museum of Art, part of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, though renowned and respected in the museum community, is far less widely celebrated. Yet with this and two previous shows of Italian art which traveled to Boston, on Michelangelo and Caravaggio, the Muscarelle has made a name for itself as an organizer of eye-catching, scholarly shows and for managing to secure loans of some of the world’s great art objects.


Curators at Work V

May 3, 2015
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May 2 – August 30, 2015

This exhibition is the culmination of the Curating, Collecting and Connoisseurship seminar taught under the tutelage of Dr. John T. Spike.  Fifth in the series, students have the opportunity to step into the role of exhibition curators as they select prints and drawings from the permanent collection.  The Museum serves as a laboratory for experiential undergraduate learning and, for this exhibition, students research and write the text that document the social and political context of individual works.  The exhibition primarily focuses on new acquisitions and covers a broad spectrum of time periods, styles and media.

Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting After the Renaissance

February 24, 2015
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April 25, 2015 – January 17, 2016

On view through January 2016, Twilight of a Golden Age: Florentine Painting after the Renaissance, Masterworks from the Haukohl Family Collection provides the opportunity to see some of the finest examples of paintings and objects from the Florentine Baroque period.  Florentine Baroque paintings, dating from the late sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries, utilize vibrant colors and a brilliant use of shadow to portray dramatic scenes wrought with emotion.  The Haukohl Family Collection has been carefully curated by Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl and this exhibition is made possible through his generosity.

Twilight of a Golden Age Press Release

Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido

February 4, 2015
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February 6, 2016 — August 21, 2016

Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido  explores the most traveled road in old Japan with fresh eyes. This exhibition presents five distinct complete sets of Hiroshige’s The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road never before displayed together. Centering on the fifty-five woodblock prints of Hiroshige’s famed first set, the Hoeido Tokaido (1832-1833, oban), the four additional series reveal the spectrum of Hiroshige’s visual poetry: Sanoki Tokaido (late 1830s, bound, chuban); Gyosho Tokaido (c. 1841-1842, aiban); Tsutaya Tokaido (c. 1850, bound, chuban); Upright Tokaido (1855, oban).  Hiroshige’s Tokaido  immerses the viewer in a panoramic view of the Tokaido and Hiroshige’s romance with the landscape of Japan. All works in this exhibition are on loan from the Ronin Collection of the Ronin Gallery, New York.

Press Release Available Here

Winter Blues Jazz Fest – Art of Jazz

January 15, 2015
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Winter Blues Jazz FestWe proudly announce local favorites Good Shot Judy as the opening kick off to The Winter Blues Jazz festival on January 15th, 2015 from 6-9 PM at the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Good Shot Judy will treat you to a cocktail of your favorite jazz standards, maybe a little Frank Sinatra (shaken…not stirred of course), with some Dean Martin, Ray Charles, and perhaps a shot of pop culture with a jazz cover twist! We adore their smoky, single malt sounds, and their swell Rat Pack personalities.

$30 Ticket price includes concert, light hors d’oeuvres, and a welcome cocktail.  A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. For more information and tickets, visit the Winter Blues Jazz fest website here!

Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts

January 8, 2015
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February 6, 2016 – August 21, 2016

On loan from the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas, are nine paintings by Rockwell (1894-1978), famed for his nostalgic and patriotic depictions of 20th-century American life. The National Scouting Museum contains the largest collection of Rockwell’s Scout paintings anywhere in the world.

The exhibition is dedicated to William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates ’65, who became president of the Boy Scouts of America in May 2014. It also commemorates important anniversaries for both organizations: on February 8, William & Mary was chartered in 1693 and the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. The National Scouting Museum and the Muscarelle Museum of Art celebrate their partnership on the university’s Charter Day weekend in association with this shared anniversary.

Press Release Available Here