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Exhibitions Transition at UW Art Museum


August 15, 2012 — Two new exhibitions, “Caribbean Color, Urban Lines and International Forms: Selected Works by Emilio Sanchez,” and “Bold Strokes and Finesse: The Stage Designs of John Ezell” open Saturday, Aug. 18, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

This also is the final week to view the exhibition “Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea.”

With a brilliant color palette combined with strong plays of light and shadow, Cuban-born Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) creates stylized images that reveal the abstracted stillness of manufactured environments. Presenting a selection of urban scenes, the exhibition highlights Sanchez’s contributions to Modernism that he developed in Latin America and the Caribbean, and brought to iconic American imagery. His work demonstrates the internationalism and colonial influences that contributed to the development of American art.

John Ezell’s “The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, 2011, directed and choreographed by Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet.Scenic designer John Ezell (American) has created stage designs for well-known and little-seen plays by notable American dramatists, including Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder and George Abbott. His productions have been seen in such prestigious venues as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This exhibition is sponsored by the UW Department of Theatre and Dance, the UW Eminent Artist Series and the UW Art Museum.

“Journeys along the Sepik River: Tribal Art from Papua New Guinea” features tribal art gathered by three travelers -- U.S. Ambassador, Nicholas M. Salgo; the artist, Neltje; and the educator, Mary Jane Edwards -- during their trips to Papua New Guinea. The final day to view this exhibition is Saturday, Aug. 18.

Two current exhibitions will remain on view at the UW Art Museum.

“American Regionalism: Selections from the Art Museum Collection” represents one of the dominant art movements of the 1930s, where artists’ depictions provided a reassuring view of American life at the onset of the Great Depression.

“Interstitial: Between Earth and Sky” is a site-specific installation by Gerri Sayler (American, b. 1950) and is the final work included in the exhibition, “Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational.” “Interstitial” explores relationships with water, clouds and the spaces that exist between land and sky. Both exhibitions will be on view through Dec. 21.

“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

For more information call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum and its blog at www.uwyoartmuseum.org. Follow the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uwyoartmuseum.

Photo:
Emilio Sanchez’s lithograph, “Sol de Mediodía.” (Emilio Sanchez Foundation)

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