July 07--The Baker Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary with a reach from 17th-century masters to an iconic artist of the 1960s. The museum itself, under Director Frank Verpoorten, organized five of the exhibitions.
An Ecole des Beaux-Arts exhibition is a certain crowd magnet, but American line drawings from the Brooklyn Museum -- think John Singleton Copley -- and a collection from the National Museum of Wildlife Art won't be far behind (*denotes those organized by The Baker Museum):
"Art as Activism: Taller de GrÁfica Popular," Sept. 6-Oct. 5.--The Taller de GrÁfica Popular (The People's Graphic Workshop) produced images to empower war-weary citizens after the 1910 Mexican Revolution, works often pasted on city walls or given to workers at demonstrations.
"The Art of Corita Kent," Sept. 27-Jan. 4. Over three decades, artist Corita Kent, a one-time Roman Catholic nun, celebrated the human spirit through messages of acceptance and hope. Her vibrant prints challenge racism, war, poverty and religion, and remain symbols of American history in the 1960s.
"Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum," Oct. 24-Jan. 18. Over 100 drawings and sketchbooks representing a variety of styles and practices from Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, William Trost Richards and more.
"Exploring America," cotitled "Western, Wildlife and Contemporary Art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Stonehollow Collection," Nov. 8-Feb. 1. More than 100 pieces showcase the wildlife tradition in American art, which evolved alongside the U.S. as a nation.
"Weegee, Street Photographer," Jan. 17-April 12.*. Intense and often darkly humorous, these voyeuristic portraits captured the excitement and realities of New York City life in the 1930s-50s."
"Face to Face: Artists' Self-Portraits from a Private Collection," Jan. 17April 12. More than 60 self-portraits by modern and contemporary artists reveal how current artists share their identity.
"Florida Contemporary," Jan. 31-April 26.--From realism to abstraction and everything in between, this exhibition features singular Florida photographers, painters, sculptors and graphic artists.
"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: Magritte and the Belgian Surrealists," Jan. 31-May 3.--The Belgian Surrealists' 20th-century images incorporate surprise, humor and juxtapositions to incite emotional responses. It includes works by such artists as RenÉ Magritte and Paul Delvaux.
"Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris," Feb. 19-May 17. More than 100 works by such masters as Jacques-Louis David and Jean-HonorÉ Fragonard and Rembrandt van Rijn chronicle one of history's most celebrated art academies. This is the first such exhibition in the U.S. in more than 40 years.
"Jan Yoors, A Retrospective," May 17-July 26.--Versatile craftsman Jan Yoors mastered tapestry, painting, photography and drawing, the better to chronicle an extraordinary life, beginning with joining a Gypsy tribe at age 12. Yoors worked with the Allies to help the Gypsies escape genocide during World War II.
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