Celebrating the unique indoor and outdoor artistic treasures of the museum and its lakeside Sculpture Garden, The Mennello Museum of American Art will present the “Inside/Out: Steel, Paper, Bronze” series throughout 2016. Through exhibitions and programming, the MMAA welcomes visitors to discover and interact with the sculptural and natural outdoor amenities of the museum as well as the museum’s distinctive indoor exhibitions.
January 15−April 10, 2016
Albert Paley: Forging Sculpture 1979-2015
Forging steel in a form of plasticity and pliability, internationally renowned metal artist Albert Paley deals with the transformational change of the material through tapering, swaging, splitting, upsetting and punching. The result is sculpture developed of organic form analogous to processes seen in nature, such as the development of organic form in response to gravity with the emphasis on transition through the quality of line. This exhibition incorporates recent works Paley has completed in the forged process alongside earlier pieces and drawings. Included in this exhibition are several sculptures completed at Steneby, The School of Craft and Design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and other smaller works that exemplify his mastery of the forged technique. Exquisite drawings completed for finished works show the depth of his process, taking the idea from two to three dimensions. Paley's use of steel can be described as industrial poetry: His large sculptures "Interlace" and "Star" stand in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, dedicated in the memory of the late founder, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello.
May 6−August 14, 2016
Pop Art Prints
Pop Art took the American art scene by storm approximately 50 years ago. When New York dealer Leo Castelli first showed Pop Art in his gallery in 1962, it was embraced by the audience who responded to the familiar subjects -- flat forms, bright colors and sly commentaries made on the mass culture of the era. Printmaking was an ideal medium for the Pop artists. The commercial techniques of screen printing and lithography were well suited to reproducing the magazine, newspaper and comic-strip images favored by many of the artists. From the commercial viewpoint of the galleries, print editions made this imagery more affordable to a large audience that wanted to buy the art.
Pop Art Prints presents a selection of 37 prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection. The installation includes works from primarily the 1960s by Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The installation is part of a series that highlights objects from the Smithsonian’s collection that are rarely on public view. This exhibition will be the first of only three museum engagements. The prints on display were selected by Joann Moser, deputy chief curator. Pop Art Prints is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.
October 14−January 8, 2017
Deborah Butterfield: Horses
An enormously popular American artist, Deborah Butterfield’s work first gained wide notice at the 1979 Whitney Biennial. Since that time horses have been the single focus of her work for more than 30 years. The museum will feature works in welded metal, bronze, clay and wood and will show an evolution of her materials and scale. Working with natural materials, Butterfield creates works that are both fragile and at the same time full of strength. It is her intent to have the viewer consider that the horse is mankind's most reliable, and yet mysterious ally. Butterfield’s sculptures convey the sense of movement, weight, energy and volume found in the horses that she lives with on her Montana ranch. The exhibition will include loans from Florida museums and private collections to include the Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University; The Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida; the L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA; and the Collection of Michael A. Mennello.
Our 2015 Exhibition Series celebrates "Storytellers of the South: Voices of Women."
October 16, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Mary Whyte: A Portrait of Us
Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, S.C., Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, university and museum collections and have been featured in a variety of national and international publications. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, S.C., where her husband, Smith Coleman, makes gilded and hand-carved frames. Pictured: "Sweet Potatoes," 2012, watercolor on paper.
Standing in the Spirit: Selections of Folk Art by Southern Women
Due to popularity, selections from our summer exhibition have been held over through January 3, 2016. See paintings by master folk artists such as Nellie Mae Rowe and Clementine Hunter from the CJ Williams Collection and the City of Orlando Permanent Collection.