Topic: ART NEWS
Hunterdon Art Museum To Open Three New Exhibitions
Exhibitions to Open In-Person, Available Virtually
CLINTON, NJ (January 2021) -- Hunterdon Art Museum will open three new exhibitions Sun., Jan. 24: “Glass in the Expanded Field;” “Architectonic: Bruce Dehnert Sculptural Ceramics;” and “Laura Moriarty: Resurfacing.” The museum will make its new exhibitions available virtually mid-February as part of its ongoing effort to bring contemporary art to underserved communities and those affected by COVID-19.
A virtual opening for the new exhibitions will take place Sat., Jan. 23 from 7 - 8 p.m. and can be attended by registering for free here.
Glass in the Expanded Field
“Glass in the Expanded Field,” curated by Caitlin Vitalo, highlights the complexity and versatility of glass art and the glassmaking community through the work of 17 artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, American glassmaking was limited primarily to factories where workers produced multiples of the same object. Then in the 1960s, the American studio glass movement was born. Focusing on one of a kind objects that highlighted the unique qualities of glass, the early years of the movement set the tone for creative exploration of the material and its artistic capabilities.
The modern studio glass movement now consists of a diverse grouping of people and perspectives that is the antithesis of the traditional factory production system. Embracing a medium that is defined by opposing terms – hot and cold; liquid and solid; strong and fragile; transparent and opaque – and showcasing work by 17 artists of different backgrounds, “Glass in the Expanded Field” celebrates the complementary nature of opposites.
Architectonic: Bruce Dehnert Sculptural Ceramics
“Architectonic: Bruce Dehnert Sculptural Ceramics,” curated by Ingrid Renard and Hildreth York, focuses on Dehnert’s use of geometries as primary elements where semi-abstracted sculptures are supported on armatures of clay units.
Dehnert has lived, worked, exhibited, curated, and taught in several parts of the world. He is also a master kiln builder, responsible for the rebuilding of the noborigama kiln at Peters Valley School of Craft where he heads the Ceramics Program.
Laura Moriarty: Resurfacing
“Laura Moriarty: Resurfacing,” curated by the Hunterdon Art Museum’s Exhibitions Committee, highlights works whose forms, colors, textures, and patterns result from processes similar to those that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling; erosion; subduction; friction; enfolding; weathering; and slippage. Sculptures and two-dimensional works are included in the exhibition.
The encaustic monotypes featured in this show are an ongoing project of Moriarty’s studio work in which she uses a heated metal plate to erode and shape sculptural paintings, and carefully off-set the trails and spillways left behind onto paper as another way of capturing time.
About the Hunterdon Art Museum
The Hunterdon Art Museum presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art, craft, and design in a 19th century stone mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1952, the Museum is a landmark regional art center showcasing works by established and emerging contemporary artists. It also offers a dynamic schedule of art classes and workshops for children and adults.
Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Holt Charitable Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Large Foundation, and other corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.
“Glass in the Expanded Field” is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Basil Bandwagon.