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.
For our third changing exhibition, the Barry Art Museum is proud to present Karen LaMonte, 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.
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.