The USM Art Department and Galleries will kick off their fall 2017 season of exhibitions and programs with “Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion,” showcasing a WWI propaganda poster collection that was recently gifted to USM Special Collections by retired Tufts University history professor Howard Solomon. The exhibition will run August 28 through December 8 at USM’s AREA Gallery in the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.
The exhibition will also include excerpts from“PRINT POWER! vol. 3,” the third annual open propaganda poster exchange portfolio and distribution network co-organized by USM Art Department faculty Damir Porobic and Brian Reeves, who teaches art at SMCC, Boston College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
“The project is entirely democratic in such that each student or participant independently chooses a personal agenda that they wish to make visually persuasive and graphically engaging in their final result,” Porobic said. “Final portfolios are a mixture of individual voices and expressions on a variety of cultural and personal agendas.”
This year's exchange includes participants from Boston College, Bowdoin College, Maine College of Art, Olin School of Engineering, Southern Maine Community College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, University of Northern Iowa, the University of Southern Maine and Wellesley College.
On October 5, the traveling group exhibition, “Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape,” will showcase reimagined landscapes with paintings, sculpture, digital drawings, photography and glass works by a group of eight artists at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham.
Visiting art critic and artist talks this semester will include Brooklyn-based critic and curator Dominique Nahas on the topic of “Doing and Undergoing—The Artist's Creed” on October 6, and “Resonance and Memory” exhibition artist and painter Martin Weinstein, who shows his work in New York City and across the nation, on November 3.
Fall 2017 season at a glance:
Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion
August 28 - December 8
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus
Opening Reception: September 7, 4pm - 6pm, opening remarks at 5pm.
Thirteen World War I posters provide a diverse historical context for the many ways in which graphic propaganda was used by the U.S. government and various community groups to bolster support for an unpopular war and convince Americans to do their part to ensure an Allied victory. Rotating displays of USM student responses provide a wide range of contemporary perspectives. The posters are a recent gift to USM Special Collections by retired Tufts history professor Howard Solomon. Co-organized by USM Special Collections and USM Art Galleries.
Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape
October 5 - December 8, 2017
USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus
Opening reception: Thursday, October 5, 5pm - 7pm, gallery talk at 6:15pm by art critic Dominique Nahas
Each of the eight artists in this traveling group exhibition commemorates the profoundly mysterious, elusive, and imaginary qualities of landscape. Below is an excerpt from a review in New York Art Beat by Mary Hrbacek of the exhibition’s debut at the Elga Wimmer, PCC in New York City:
“Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape, curated by Robert Curcio and organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, displays eight distinctive artists whose fresh perspective on landscape reinvigorates the genre by infusing it with issues that span time, real space, digital intervention, and altered observed reality. This diverse show includes paintings, sculpture, digital drawings, photography, and glass works by Kathleen Elliot, Sandra Gottlieb, J.J. L’Heureux, John Lyon Paul, Rebeca Calderón Pittman, Gerry Tuten, Gail Watkins, and Martin Weinstein.”
“Each artist on view has formulated a complex oeuvre that is attuned to his or her overriding vision of postmodern landscape work in an era of ecological degradation. All the works embody a sense of hopeful commitment to manifesting their intentions to make their distinctive voices heard. These artists forge their art in a joyful attitude of engaging enquiry; despite the global environmental crisis the works show no trace of morbidity or despair.”
Visiting Critic Dominique Nahas: Doing and Undergoing—The Artist's Creed
Friday, October 6, 1pm - 2pm, USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus
Hear how one can learn to fully engage, not control, the imagination. A former museum director based in Brooklyn, New York, Nahas is an independent critic and curator who has organized hundreds of art exhibitions.
Visiting Artist Martin Weinstein: Resonance and Memory exhibition artist
Friday, November 3, 1pm - 2pm, Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham campus
Weinstein paints disparate elements of the same composition on separate sheets of acrylic and layers them to create a scene. He shows his work in New York City and across the nation.
All exhibitions and events hosted by the USM Art Department and Gallery are free and open to the public. To learn more about 2017 exhibitions and programs, visit the USM Art Galleries website.