Hillstrom Museum Opens New Season September 12

Posted on September 7th, 2011 by

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), Promenade (Young Couple Threated by Death), 1498, engraving on paper, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, MAGJEKL Collection

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), Promenade (Young Couple Threated by Death), 1498, engraving on paper, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, MAGJEKL Collection

The Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College will open three concurrent exhibitions on Monday, Sept. 12. The new exhibitions include A Collector’s Passion for Dürer’s Secrets: the MAGJEKL Collection, “Comfort Me, Said He,” Recent Work by Kristen Lowe, and FOCUS IN/ON: Guy Pène du Bois’ Connoisseurs.

An opening reception for these exhibits will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. A second reception will occur during the Nobel Conference from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The exhibitions will remain on view through Sunday, Nov. 6, and they are free and open to the public.

A Collector’s Passion for Dürer’s Secrets: the MAGJEKL Collection is an exhibition debuting a private collection of the works of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). It features around forty engravings and woodblocks by the master, assembled only since 2006 by Connecticut collector Elizabeth Maxwell-Garner. In conjunction with the exhibition, Garner will present a public lecture titled “New Secrets in Dürer’s Art,” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in Wallenberg Auditorium within the Nobel Hall of Science. Garner will also present a public gallery talk at the Hillstrom Museum at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Kristen Lowe, Praying Sheep, 2010, white chalk on black tag board, 30 x 40 inches

Kristen Lowe, Praying Sheep, 2010, white chalk on black tag board, 30 x 40 inches

“Comfort Me, Said He,” Recent Work by Kristen Lowe features a suite of large-scale charcoal and chalk drawings by Gustavus faculty artist Kristen Lowe. Many of the dramatic black and white works are six feet or more in height, and they feature images of sheep set against rich, dark backgrounds. Lowe will give public gallery talks at the Hillstrom Museum at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

In conjunction with Lowe’s exhibition, a dance work will be presented, created collaboratively by Melissa Rolnick of the Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance, and Renee Guittar, a senior dance major. Titled Excess and danced by Guittar, it is a site-specific, emotionally-provocative solo dance choreographed in response to Lowe’s works and exhibit, set to the music of jazz bass saxophonist Colin Stetson. Excess will be presented at the Hillstrom Museum at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4.

FOCUS IN/ON: Guy Pène du Bois’ Connoisseurs considers a watercolor titled Connoisseurs by American painter and prominent art critic Guy Pene du Bois (1884-1958), in another of the Museum’s FOCUS IN/ON projects, in which a single work from the Hillstrom Collection is analyzed in depth, in collaboration with a colleague from across the Gustavus curriculum. An essay co-written by Richard Hilbert, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Donald Myers, Director of the Hillstrom Museum, will consider the artist, his career, milieu, and social aspirations, and the sociological implications of interpreting an artwork such as Connoisseurs.

The Hillstrom Museum of Art is located on the lower level of the College’s C. Charles Jackson Campus Center. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.

For more information about these exhibitions or the Hillstrom Museum of Art, go online to gustavus.edu/finearts/hillstrom or call 507-933-7200.

 

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