Norwood Viviano: Cities: Departure and Deviation
In Cities: Departure and Deviation, the artist uses 25 minimalist blown glass forms to engage guests in urban American history, and how industrial changes affected the landscapes of cities.
Shades of gray, black, and white characterize Viviano's glass diagrams, which can be seen as three-dimensional timelines, depicting the 400-year story of the rise and decline of industries in urban areas and how changes in manufacturing led to significant population change.
The artist uses the length of the form to convey time; he uses the width to depict population density and applies color to convey a moment of dramatic change. This particular arrangement of blown forms lets viewers see the magnitude of diversity in cities as varied as Flint, Michigan and New York.
These depictions can be seen individually or one might compare one to another, but each graph distills complex data into forms that are subdued.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has loaned this exhibition through July 31, 2016.
Tony Oursler: TC: The Most Interesting Man Alive
Tony Oursler called his collaborative work about Tony Conrad TC: The Most Interesting Man Alive. Unfortunately, Conrad died on April 9 in Buffalo, N.Y., prior to the show’s premier on April 21. In Buffalo, he had taught art and media, and had been struggling against pneumonia and prostate cancer.
Oursler is a U.S. artist, recognized for installations and multimedia art. He created a brief movie on Conrad.
Oursler’s 1996 multimedia work Alien Eye is on view in the museum’s Contemporary Galleries.
At the Willoughby-Baylor House: Harry C. Mann
This singular exhibit includes the creations of this man who lived from 1866 to 1926, and is considered Norfolk's most prolific photographer during an era when downtown construction and maritime traffic were booming. Throughout the exhibit, the visitor will come upon the creations of a cameraman – seen as pioneering – who captured the busy commercial happenings on Granby Street and Norfolk’s downtown atmosphere with photos of clouds, waves, and shadows on the Virginia Beach sand dunes – which were experimental.
A native of Petersburg, this amateur photographer leapt into professionalism during the great Jamestown Exposition of 1907. He began only as a member of the photographer’s corps documenting the Expo’s spectacle of technology, art, and trade to launching a downtown studio.
Besides taking portraits, he sold views of regional wetlands and beaches and architecture. His work took on another dimension when it was published in National Geographic three times.
He had created thousands of photographs at the time his downtown studio closed in 1924. Seen today, the images he published give the guest a glimpse of Norfolk during a period of quick change. His landscapes are widely held in awe for their celebration of Norfolk’s beauty.
This exhibition presents 50 of his finest photographs from the Chrysler Collection.
Now on display at the Moses Myers House, this is a conceptual art installation by Beth Lipman, an artist-in-residence at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. The installation was inspired by Norfolk history and it was indeed created live in front of a studio audience.
Lipman’s work has been called a still life in glass. For this piece, she envisioned Adeline Myers, who lived in this home in the early 1800s. Lipman took into account objects used by Myers in her life every day.
For her part, Myers was a member of a well-to-do family. She was well educated and known to have keen social graces. In 1819, she was to be married, but her fiancé died just days before the wedding date, and she never dated again. She died, it is said, of a broken heart in 1832.
Lipman, aided by studio assistants, created this work in March 2013. The entire team gave new life to Adeline’s life, transforming many things in it, from a birdcage to a needlepoint sampler, into glass.