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SCAD Museum of Art Celebrating 10th Anniversary – Art & Object

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art opened its doors a decade ago, and now the institution is celebrating 10 years in trademark fashion: with a fall exhibition showcasing the work of 200 established and emerging artists from all over the globe. Featured is work from a diverse lineup of artists from places like Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and various parts of the U.S. More than 10 of SCAD’s degree programs are represented by alumni artists in the fall exhibitions. 
“We are immensely proud of the legacy we have built for the SCAD Museum of Art over the last ten years,” says Kari Herrin, vice president of brand experience and executive director of museums and exhibitions at SCAD. “In its first decade, SCAD Museum of Art has resolutely exhibited and supported the work of an elite roster of international artists, while very consciously championing the infinite and often unrecognized talents and impact of African American and Womxn artists.” 
Each of the following slides shows a featured exhibit on display this fall with an excerpt from the exhibit’s description, as seen on the SCAD Museum of Art website.

On view through Dec. 12, 2021

“In White Wig, Mehryl Levisse swathes the SCAD Museum of Art lobby in a monochromatic pink wallpaper. Mounted on this opulent pattern are paintings, selected by the artist, from the museum’s Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Portraiture featuring prominent individuals of the 18th century. Placing these portraits within a taxonomy of symbols of performative gender, Levisse examines the use of hairstyle and dress as markers of status and identity that have been historically separated into the strict binary of man and woman.”

On view through Dec. 19, 2021

“Through a rigorous photographic practice that spans academic and urban environments, Arturo Soto (SCAD B.F.A., film and television, 2005) investigates the narratives and counternarratives of cities. Urban Visions, Soto’s first museum exhibition in the U.S., includes more than 30 photographs by the artist. Each creates through-lines between site, theory, and image, a dialogue ever-present in Soto’s works.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“In Hope & Sorrow, Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh harnesses the wide-eyed imagination of the human mind to activate the rich psychological lives of the more-than-human world. The site-specific installation, Koh’s first solo museum exhibition, unites every aspect of her interdisciplinary practice for the first time, transforming the museum’s exterior-facing Jewel Boxes into dreamy surrealist gardens of larger-than life soft sculpture made from metallic spandex, velvet, and satin, set against oil-painted backdrops and Astroturf.”

On view through Dec. 26, 2021

“Robert Wilson has often cited the expansive horizons of the Texas landscape as a source of  inspiration for his stage environments. Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories of hunting trips with his father, Wilson thinks about the mind space in which he entered as a boy, while being silent waiting for deer to appear. Even though he had no interest in guns or hunting, these encounters became a meditative approximation of the sublime for Wilson. A Boy From Texas is a multimedia experience that offers a powerful vignette of Wilson’s profound connection to landscape.”

On view through Jan. 16, 2022

“In Stand By You, Japanese artist Izumi Kato invites viewers into his uncanny world, populated by spectral figures that inhabit the liminal space between the physical realm and the territory of spirits. These creatures, with bulbous heads and slim, graceful bodies, recall the anatomy of embryos, children, or alien forms. At once charming, haunting, and humorous, they tower over viewers or hide discreetly in corners—solitary beings brought together in communion through careful and considered placement within the gallery.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“Ira Lombardía investigates how images affect and define our understanding of art today, questioning modes of production, distribution, and consumption. Lombardía defines herself as a ‘visual ecologist’ who appropriates images to construct new meanings, identify connections, and reveal conflicts and contradictions. With VOID, the artist’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Lombardía deepens her long standing investigation into ephemerality and the dematerialization of the object, premiering a new experiential sculpture that marks a significant expansion of her artistic process.”

On view through Jan. 30, 2022

People Are People, famed American designer Christian Siriano’s first solo museum exhibition, honors the undisputed industry leader’s electrifying contributions to fashion. Drawn from Siriano’s extensive archive, the exhibition features bold creations from his decade-plus career that celebrate self-expression for every body at every age. Since launching his fashion house in New York in 2008, Siriano has become beloved for statement-making looks, combining beautiful craftsmanship with a unique point of view that has endeared him to the fashion industry, celebrities, and the public alike.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“With her intimate and painterly style of an epic dimension, Nohemí Pérez depicts scenes that problematize the social and political issues of our time related to the natural world. In The Forest’s Bedding (El lecho del bosque), Pérez presents all new, large-scale works, specifically commissioned by SCAD Museum of Art, in which she continues her exploration of what she calls ‘subjects at risk’ or, in other words, endangered species.”

On view through Oct. 22, 2022
“Combining his carpentry skills and his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty uses vernacular building techniques and tree saplings to create immersive, otherworldly site-specific sculptures that twist, tower, bend, coil, and soar. Merging art, craftsmanship, and design, they attest to the wonder and awe-inspiring  power of the natural world. Dougherty has honed his method of bending and weaving sticks across more  than three decades. As an environmentally engaged artist, he uses only natural resources and renewable materials, yielding temporary works, as exposure to the elements wears down the installations over time.”
 

On view through Jan. 30, 2022
(Note: SCAD Museum of Art will also host two group exhibitions. The first is this exhibition, presented in SCAD Museum of Art’s Evans Center for African American Studies.)

Elizabeth Catlett: Points of Contact is a long overdue exploration of the artist’s profound influence on artistic practice today. The group exhibition brings to view key prints and sculptures by Catlett (1915–2012)—a citizen of  both the U.S. and Mexico—in conversation with contemporary works by living artists from both  countries. In showcasing the work of contemporary Black American and Mexican artists with strong connections—sometimes direct references—to Catlett’s work, the exhibition demonstrates how the  artist’s influences, concerns, and questions are very much alive in global contemporary culture and artistic practice, and highlights the ways in which her works advocate for the dignity of all humans.”

On view through Jan. 30, 2022
Ring Redux: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection presents more than 100 avant-garde rings by artists who have reinvented the age-old and enduring jewelry form with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. The exhibition highlights exceptional acquisitions made across more than five decades by one of the most influential collectors of 20th- and 21st-century art jewelry. Reflecting Lewin’s openness to new artistic ideas, the collection reveals the pluralism of contemporary jewelry, resonating with aesthetic developments in art and design, craft, and technology.” 

For more information on the SCAD Museum of Art’s Fall 2021 exhibitions and programming, visit the SCAD Museum of Art website.

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art opened its doors a decade ago, and now the institution is celebrating 10 years in trademark fashion: with a fall exhibition showcasing the work of 200 established and emerging artists from all over the globe. Featured is work from a diverse lineup of artists from places like Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and various parts of the U.S. More than 10 of SCAD’s degree programs are represented by alumni artists in the fall exhibitions. 
“We are immensely proud of the legacy we have built for the SCAD Museum of Art over the last ten years,” says Kari Herrin, vice president of brand experience and executive director of museums and exhibitions at SCAD. “In its first decade, SCAD Museum of Art has resolutely exhibited and supported the work of an elite roster of international artists, while very consciously championing the infinite and often unrecognized talents and impact of African American and Womxn artists.” 
Each of the following slides shows a featured exhibit on display this fall with an excerpt from the exhibit’s description, as seen on the SCAD Museum of Art website.

On view through Dec. 12, 2021

“In White Wig, Mehryl Levisse swathes the SCAD Museum of Art lobby in a monochromatic pink wallpaper. Mounted on this opulent pattern are paintings, selected by the artist, from the museum’s Earle W. Newton Collection of British and American Portraiture featuring prominent individuals of the 18th century. Placing these portraits within a taxonomy of symbols of performative gender, Levisse examines the use of hairstyle and dress as markers of status and identity that have been historically separated into the strict binary of man and woman.”

On view through Dec. 19, 2021

“Through a rigorous photographic practice that spans academic and urban environments, Arturo Soto (SCAD B.F.A., film and television, 2005) investigates the narratives and counternarratives of cities. Urban Visions, Soto’s first museum exhibition in the U.S., includes more than 30 photographs by the artist. Each creates through-lines between site, theory, and image, a dialogue ever-present in Soto’s works.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“In Hope & Sorrow, Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh harnesses the wide-eyed imagination of the human mind to activate the rich psychological lives of the more-than-human world. The site-specific installation, Koh’s first solo museum exhibition, unites every aspect of her interdisciplinary practice for the first time, transforming the museum’s exterior-facing Jewel Boxes into dreamy surrealist gardens of larger-than life soft sculpture made from metallic spandex, velvet, and satin, set against oil-painted backdrops and Astroturf.”

On view through Dec. 26, 2021

“Robert Wilson has often cited the expansive horizons of the Texas landscape as a source of  inspiration for his stage environments. Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories of hunting trips with his father, Wilson thinks about the mind space in which he entered as a boy, while being silent waiting for deer to appear. Even though he had no interest in guns or hunting, these encounters became a meditative approximation of the sublime for Wilson. A Boy From Texas is a multimedia experience that offers a powerful vignette of Wilson’s profound connection to landscape.”

On view through Jan. 16, 2022

“In Stand By You, Japanese artist Izumi Kato invites viewers into his uncanny world, populated by spectral figures that inhabit the liminal space between the physical realm and the territory of spirits. These creatures, with bulbous heads and slim, graceful bodies, recall the anatomy of embryos, children, or alien forms. At once charming, haunting, and humorous, they tower over viewers or hide discreetly in corners—solitary beings brought together in communion through careful and considered placement within the gallery.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“Ira Lombardía investigates how images affect and define our understanding of art today, questioning modes of production, distribution, and consumption. Lombardía defines herself as a ‘visual ecologist’ who appropriates images to construct new meanings, identify connections, and reveal conflicts and contradictions. With VOID, the artist’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Lombardía deepens her long standing investigation into ephemerality and the dematerialization of the object, premiering a new experiential sculpture that marks a significant expansion of her artistic process.”

On view through Jan. 30, 2022

People Are People, famed American designer Christian Siriano’s first solo museum exhibition, honors the undisputed industry leader’s electrifying contributions to fashion. Drawn from Siriano’s extensive archive, the exhibition features bold creations from his decade-plus career that celebrate self-expression for every body at every age. Since launching his fashion house in New York in 2008, Siriano has become beloved for statement-making looks, combining beautiful craftsmanship with a unique point of view that has endeared him to the fashion industry, celebrities, and the public alike.”

On view through Jan. 2, 2022

“With her intimate and painterly style of an epic dimension, Nohemí Pérez depicts scenes that problematize the social and political issues of our time related to the natural world. In The Forest’s Bedding (El lecho del bosque), Pérez presents all new, large-scale works, specifically commissioned by SCAD Museum of Art, in which she continues her exploration of what she calls ‘subjects at risk’ or, in other words, endangered species.”

On view through Oct. 22, 2022
“Combining his carpentry skills and his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty uses vernacular building techniques and tree saplings to create immersive, otherworldly site-specific sculptures that twist, tower, bend, coil, and soar. Merging art, craftsmanship, and design, they attest to the wonder and awe-inspiring  power of the natural world. Dougherty has honed his method of bending and weaving sticks across more  than three decades. As an environmentally engaged artist, he uses only natural resources and renewable materials, yielding temporary works, as exposure to the elements wears down the installations over time.”
 

On view through Jan. 30, 2022
(Note: SCAD Museum of Art will also host two group exhibitions. The first is this exhibition, presented in SCAD Museum of Art’s Evans Center for African American Studies.)

Elizabeth Catlett: Points of Contact is a long overdue exploration of the artist’s profound influence on artistic practice today. The group exhibition brings to view key prints and sculptures by Catlett (1915–2012)—a citizen of  both the U.S. and Mexico—in conversation with contemporary works by living artists from both  countries. In showcasing the work of contemporary Black American and Mexican artists with strong connections—sometimes direct references—to Catlett’s work, the exhibition demonstrates how the  artist’s influences, concerns, and questions are very much alive in global contemporary culture and artistic practice, and highlights the ways in which her works advocate for the dignity of all humans.”

On view through Jan. 30, 2022
Ring Redux: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection presents more than 100 avant-garde rings by artists who have reinvented the age-old and enduring jewelry form with a distinctly contemporary sensibility. The exhibition highlights exceptional acquisitions made across more than five decades by one of the most influential collectors of 20th- and 21st-century art jewelry. Reflecting Lewin’s openness to new artistic ideas, the collection reveals the pluralism of contemporary jewelry, resonating with aesthetic developments in art and design, craft, and technology.” 

For more information on the SCAD Museum of Art’s Fall 2021 exhibitions and programming, visit the SCAD Museum of Art website.

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