This exhibition, the first of its type outside of Japan, explores the evolution of traditional Japanese dolls into Gôyô’s larger vision, that of sôsaku-ningyô or “art dolls.” Using examples drawn from the Barry Art Museum collection and selected borrowings from the Blewis Collection we trace the contours of this transition through the specific lens of the ichimatsu-style doll. Displaying works of master craftsmen in the field, we can trace the transformation of ichimatsu from craft to art, and the stimulus given to the entire genre through Gôyô’s singularly creative vision.
This exhibition will investigate the emotional qualities of automata and robots. It will feature selections from the permanent collection as well as the work of contemporary artists and other lending institutions. By exploring the intersections between art, science, and emotion, we aim to connect the Barry Art Museum’s historical automata to 21st-century interests and concerns.
The moon is a vessel for our collective imagination, our space dreams. Symbolized in mythology by Artemis, goddess of the moon, our ever-changing orb represents both darkness and enlightenment; a perfect metaphor for duality. With an incredibly slow turning radius, she always shows us the same face, and has been used throughout the ages as a timekeeper, a calendar, and a source of light in nighttime navigation. Here in Hampton Roads, our king tides and frequent flooding directly influence our relationship to the moon, and to our concerns for global warming. Our proximity to NASA Langley keeps our region’s contributions to lunar research and the legendary Apollo Moonwalk at the forefront of all our minds. All over the world, the moon inspires artists, poets, and philosophers along with scientists, and connects us all with its light.
Barry Art Museum presents a jewel box companion exhibition to Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. With Waxing & Waning, we examine views of the moon from the macro and microcosmos alike. The exhibition combines artworks from our own collection alongside works graciously loaned by renowned local artists, The Chrysler Museum of Art, and scientific specimens from the Michael and Kimthanh Lê Digital Theater and Planetarium.
For our third changing exhibition, the Barry Art Museum is proud to present Karen LaMonte: Théâtre de la Mode, September 9, 2021, through January 2, 2022. LaMonte is an acclaimed American sculptor living and working in Prague. By freezing a single gesture of a body both clothed and in motion, LaMonte is able to investigate themes of memory, beauty, and loss. A master craftsperson, LaMonte has pioneered complex casting methods across diverse media. At the Barry, we will set the stage with a selection of her astonishing works in cast glass, iron, and bronze.
Exhibition Opening | Friday, Sept 10, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Reception, remarks, and pop-up performances throughout the Museum.
Free & Open to the Public. RSVP HERE
Three works of art from the Barry Art Museum collection have been unleashed into the wild! Using augmented reality (AR) selected sculptures have been brought to life and are accessible to anyone with a phone. Users can play with scale, read up on information about the art and artist, and view them through a camera app to take pictures and video. Read more about how you can bring these pieces out into nature, view them in your home, and enjoy the ability to enjoy works of art anywhere you are.
The Barry Art Museum presents a selection of artworks that speak to the Covid-19 era. We have all experienced the past year in our own way: isolation, uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, confinement, illness, mourning. The role of the artist, at its best, can be to dig deep, to research, and to translate our human condition into metaphor and transcendence. Janessa Clark, Peter Eudenbach, Luke Jerram, Anne Neely, and Julia and Robin Rogers are all practiced at doing just this. Focusing on such diverse themes as microbiology, environmentalism, human connection, and macro/microcosmos, their work in our exhibition probes and reflects our shared experiences to make the deeply personal feel universal (and vice versa). Whether these works were made before or after the arrival of the novel coronavirus, they serve to remind us of the essential nature of the arts to recognize, uplift, and inspire our everyday life. Many of these artists have ties to Old Dominion University, and we are proud to present their pieces here as both a marker and a salve for our time under quarantine.
The work included in this exhibition ranges widely, mirroring its inspiration – one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet. From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to the history of collecting and colonization, the ten contemporary artists represented approach the orchid from very different angles. Working in printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, paper, and varied hybrid media, their work is thoughtful, insightful, challenging, and beautiful.
The Barry Art Museum is presenting its first temporary exhibition, featuring the complex chromatic work of American abstract painter Joan Thorne. This retrospective, organized by Museum staff, consists of 30 large-scale oil paintings on canvas spanning the artist’s career from the early 1970s to 2018.