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Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola
 May 11, 2014  – November 2, 2014
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche 
 
Anonymous (Mexico, 19th Century)
Saint Francis of Paola, 19th Century
Oil on tin, 14” x 10”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick
Collection of El Paso Museum of Art
 
The latest in the series of themed exhibitions from the Museum’s growing collection of retablos is Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola.The retablos of these two saints are being shown together not only because of their shared name and religious order, but also because their depiction had much in common as did their mutual concern for all living creatures.
 
In Mexican retablos, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Franciscan order, is represented as a young man in typical Franciscan attire often in an outdoor setting.  Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507), named after Saint Francis of Assisi, was the founder of the Foundation of Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi. In contrast to Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Paola is usually shown in Mexican retablos as an older man with the hood of his robe up and a staff in one hand. Both have been frequently portrayed throughout Mexican devotional art of the 19th century, although here only three show Saint Francis of Assisi, fifteen Saint Francis of Paola. Interestingly, one retablo, 2007.5.20, presents Saint Francis of Paola in the typical manner for this saint; however in this case he is also shown holding a crucifix, one of the attributes of Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
Today Saint Francis of Assisi is considered the saint of environmentalism and animals. Saint Francis of Paola is known as the saint of vegans, of sailors and of young girls looking for a husband. Although the retablos in this exhibition vary in style, size, and specific details, they all illustrate the strong influence of Franciscan evangelization in New Spain.
 

 
  VANISHING ICE: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012
June 1, 2014  – August 24, 2014
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
 
Len Jenshel (American b. 1949) 
Narsaq Sound, Greenland, 2001
 C-print, 26 x 30 in.  
Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA
 
The EPMA’s major Summer ticketed exhibition is Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775–2012, curated by Barbara Matilsky of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, where the exhibition premiered. Following its presentation in El Paso, Vanishing Ice will tour internationally to appear at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. The Whatcom also created a website for the exhibition: www.vanishing-ice.org.
 
Combining international work in a variety of media by historical artists such as Ansel Adams, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bierstadt, and Gustave Doré and contemporary creators such as Olaf Otto Becker, Jean de Pomereu, Alexis Rockman, and Spencer Tunick, Vanishing Ice considers this diverse and stunning landscape imagery within the context of global warming. The exhibition traces the emerging popularity of alpine and polar landscapes in the eighteenth century, and their evolving meanings through time—for instance, as records of previously uncharted realms and geologic history or as exceptional expressions of the Romantic sublime or the cosmic and spiritual in nature. We also learn notable parallels between the original artist-naturalist-explorers who traveled to icy regions in association with government- or business-sponsored research or commercial voyages, and many contemporary artists who collaborate closely with scientists and writers to investigate and call attention to the fragility and fate of these areas under climate change.
 
In addition to presenting great art and enriching our knowledge of climate history and issues, Vanishing Ice offers local audiences exposure to unfamiliar topography very different from the Chihuahuan Desert—as well as the chance to beat the heat this Summer in El Paso! And finally, the Nepalese-born American artist Jyoti Duwadi will create a large ice installation outside the museum for the opening reception; Duwadi’s melting work references the beauty, grandeur, and fragility of ice in this contemporary age of unprecedented global warming.
 
Special Exhibition Ticketing
Non-member adults age 13+                                               $10
EPMA member adults, children age 12 and under                     FREE
Active Military personnel and their family with ID                    FREE
 
 

 
Water, Water Everywhere: Paeon to a Vanishing Resource
                                                  June 1 – August 24, 2014                                                             
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
 
Photo by Shireen Malik, 2011
psc
 
Water is the world’s most crucial commodity and basis for all life on earth; its preservation and protection thus present one of our greatest environmental challenges. Continuing the long and noble tradition of art as cultural and political critique, Water Water Everywhere: Paeon to a Vanishing Resource is an exhibition of video work examining water issues, the films being looped together and projected in the EPMA’s Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery. Intended to complement the larger Summer exhibition Vanishing Ice, this show features works that range in duration from less than a minute to half an hour. The films move in approach from artistic to documentary, and the international array of artists represented explore water from personal, social, and political perspectives. The works are experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated, or acted. Water Water Everywhere was curated by Jennifer Heath and organized by Baksun Arts & Books in Boulder, Colorado.
 

 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Masterpiece Series
October 5, 2014  – October 2, 2016
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
 


Paul Cézanne 
Still Life: Plate of Peaches(Assiette de pêches), 1879–80
Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 × 28 7/8 inches (59.7 × 73.3 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser
1978, 78.2514.4
   

Robert Delaunay
Circular Forms (Formes circulaires), 1930
Oil on canvas, 50 ¾ x 76 ¾ inches (128.9 x 194.9 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection
49.1184

 
 

Franz Marc
White Bull (Der Stier), 1911
Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 53 ¼ inches (100 x 135.2 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
51.1312
 
The El Paso Museum of Art is pleased to announce the Solomon R. Guggenheim Masterpiece Series at the El Paso Museum of Art opening October 5, 2014 and closing on October 2, 2016 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery.  Ten masterpieces by seven artists will be shown in a consecutive series of six presentations organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.  The series includes: Birth of Cubism featuring two stunning icons by Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne; Expressionism and Der Blau Reiter featuring two masterpieces by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc; Orphism and the School of Paris features the genius of Robert Delaunay and Albert Gleizes; the fourth installment is a monumental work by Marc Chagall, The Green Violinist; Kandinsky and the Bauhaus features two masterworks by Vasily Kandinsky; and closing out the series is Pablo Picasso’s epic still life Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit.  All works on exhibit are canvases painted between 1879 and 1931 and are universally recognized as classic works by these world-renowned artists.
 
Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, said, “The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is very pleased to embark on this collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art. While the Guggenheim welcomes over a million visitors a year to the museum in New York and reaches an increasingly diverse audience of over 6 million visitors through its website, it is particularly gratifying to bring some of the most iconic works in the Guggenheim’s collection to El Paso and the Southwest.” 
 
Mr. Armstrong continued, “I’d like to thank the El Paso Museum of Art Director Michael A. Tomor for this promising collaboration and for the opportunity to share some of the Guggenheim’s most beloved treasures with the people of El Paso and the region.”
 
The collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation addresses the particular interests of the communities served in El Paso.  It is of special significance to the El Paso community to be introduced to some of the most noteworthy artworks by European Modernists found in the world's most admired permanent collections.  To that end, and in the spirit of educating the public with masterpieces held in great esteem by scholars across the globe, the El Paso Museum of Art has been given this exceptional opportunity to work with the Guggenheim Museum.  In turn, the Guggenheim Museum has an opportunity to reach directly beyond its audiences in New York City, Venice, and Bilbao by building a program for a community clearly dedicated to extremely high quality-of-life programs.
 
Michael Tomor, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art, shared, “The El Paso Museum of Art is honored to collaborate with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation to launch its first masterpiece program.  Richard Armstrong is to be seen as a shining example of reaching across the profession and the United States to better serve a mission of excellence in art and arts programming in communities more geographically isolated from major metropolitan regions of the eastern seaboard.  The citizens of El Paso and Juárez have never had an opportunity to experience in their own community original canvases by Picasso, Kandinsky, Delaunay, Gleizes, or Marc, or to see iconic paintings by Chagall or Cézanne.  The Guggenheim has afforded this opportunity to El Paso and we are forever grateful to their staff and board.”
 
The individual masterpiece installation or exhibition is gaining momentum across the United States and Europe.  As exhibition leasing, shipping, and insurance fees continue to increase and the public and the museum profession tire of the sensationalism of the “blockbuster” exhibition, directors and curators are revisiting the mission of education and excellence in programming; the unique or multiple masterpiece exhibition provides an alternative.  The El Paso Museum of Art is projecting 24 months of consecutive exhibition programs and 54 unique education programs, not including the creation of new art classes dedicated to the featured artists’ style, iconography, and choice of subject.   The Museum is in the midst of discussions with nine performing arts and academic community partners to offer additional programs related to the cultural context out of which these artists emerged. 
 
Other recent examples of the Masterpiece Series include the December 6, 2013 opening of the three-month installation of the New York Frick Collection portrait by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.  The Prado at the Meadows was the result of a three-year collaboration between the Prado Museum of Madrid and the Meadows Museum of Southern Methodist University in Dallas to bring El Greco, Ribera, and Velázquez to the Dallas-Fort Worth communities.  That series ran from 2011 through 2013.   And in May of 2011, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, exhibited Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller on loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
 

 
 

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