The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in September 2012

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What is Happening at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in September 2012? Lots! Including a Mexican Fiesta to celebrate the Miradas exhibition. Join us after the jump for an amazing month of scheduled events!






Exhibitions




William L. Arthur, Guard Chairs Composition One, 2011, oil and gold leaf on panel, 18 x 24 in., Courtesy of the Artist

Folio Weekly Invitational Artist Exhibition
Open through December 2, 2012
This juried exhibition, on view at The Cummer, showcases 50 local artists and includes 62 original paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculptures and mixed media.





Leonard Baskin, Man of Peace, 1952, woodcut, On loan from a Private Collection.

Leonard Baskin: Works on Paper
Open through November 11, 2012

An internationally acclaimed sculptor, printmaker, painter, calligrapher, essayist, book designer, and poet, Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) was a major figure in 20th-century American art. In the 1940s and 1950s when movements such as abstract expressionism all but eliminated the human form in painting and sculpture, Baskin championed it. Through figuration, his overarching concern was to express the power and depth of the human condition at its most primal. This exhibition of works on paper, selected from the Museum’s holdings as well as a private collection, highlights images of humanity.  





Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art
Works from the Bank of America Collection
Open through September 16, 2012

This unique survey of Mexican art is composed of nearly 100 paintings, prints and photographs created from the 1920s through the first decade of this century.

Drawn from the collection of Bank of America, one of the leading corporate art collections in the United States, and curated by Cesareo Moreno of the Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the exhibition features works by noted Mexican artists Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, Gabriel Orozco, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as Mexican-American artists Robert Graham, Judithe Hernandez, and Roberto Juarez.

This Exhibition is provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program.



Sekenani Warrior, 1998, gelatin silver print,  © Elizabeth Gilbert.


Jando Dance, Malawi, 2006, © Elizabeth Gilbert.


Histories in Africa: 20 Years of Photography by Elizabeth Gilbert

September 13 through December 30, 2012

American photojournalist Elizabeth Gilbert has lived and worked in Africa for 20 years, traveling from Kenya to Congo, throughout the Great Rift Valley, and reporting civil wars in Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan.  Her photographs have been published worldwide in Time, The New York Times, Newsweek and other international media, and she is the author of two black and white photographic books chronicling vanishing African tradition.

Her images portray a continent in transition, both politically and culturally.  This mid-life retrospective is as diverse as Africa itself, depicting a traditional world seemingly suspended in time, as well as its modern urban parallel.  Silver prints on exhibit range from life-size murals that pull the viewer into an intimate world of African ritual, to collections of pocket sized studio portraits made in remote villages and markets.  All tell the story of a continent's journey through change.


Blue Star Museum Program
Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer
through September 2, 2012

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is proud to announce their involvement with Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Sunday, September 2, 2012. The Cummer will also extend this free admission to include retired military families as well. Valid military identification is required for FREE entry and will include full access to the Museum and Gardens, as well as the special exhibitions.



Museums on Us®

September 1, 2012 – September 2, 2012

In conjunction with Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, The Cummer will participate in the Museum on Us® program, which allows free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of every month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders. The Cummer will participate in this program** beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 and ending Sunday, December 2, 2012.

**Offer valid the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. Photo ID and any Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder.









Alejandro Colunga (Mexican, b. 1948), Boy with Tricycle (Niño Con Triciclo), 1980

Mexican Fiesta in The Gardens

Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
Gather your family and friends to experience another magical evening in The Cummer Gardens.  Lively Mexican music will be the focus of this colorful, summer fiesta celebrating the rich Mexican culture.  Savory Mexican food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Music will begin at 7 p.m., but doors will open at 6 p.m.  Please bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Members $10 and Non-members $20
Reserved table for Fiesta $400, includes seating for 10 and a box meal featuring Mexican cuisine.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 904.899.6004 or visit www.cummer.org/programs-events.


Talks and Tea: Histories in Africa: 20 Years of Photography by Elizabeth Gilbert

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. **Special guest Elizabeth Gilbert will be leading this discussion.
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

American photojournalist Elizabeth Gilbert has lived and worked in Africa for 20 years. Her images portray a continent in transition, both politically and culturally. This mid-life retrospective is as diverse as Africa itself, depicting a traditional world seemingly suspended in time, as well as its modern urban parallel.

Please call 904.899.6004 to make the required reservations.






Drop-In Art
Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m.

Each week children ages 4 to 10 will have the opportunity to explore the galleries or gardens and experiment with a different art process. No pre-registration.  Please arrive early as class size is limited. Members and Non-members $5.


Art for Two & Art Adventures

In September our children’s classes will focus on The Cummer’s permanent collection. Students will study examples of floral still life from the collection then return to the studio to paint a floral still life.  

Art for Two: September 8, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Ages 3 to 5
Come make art with your little one and enjoy gallery visits and time in Art Connections.
$10 Members / $15 Non-members

Art Adventures: September 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages 6 to 12
Classes in painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes.  
$10 Members / $15 Non-members

For more information or to register for art classes, please call 904.355.0630.

Written by Amy L. Chamberlin
Associate Director of Marketing at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens