Barbara Aubin: Hidden Messages
MMAA is pleased to present three exhibits that contextualize the art of the late Barbara Aubin, a well-known Chicago artist, teacher, & formerly active founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Caucus of Art. “Barbara Aubin: Hidden Messages”, opens Friday, December 9, 2016, and continues through Sunday, February 26, 2017 The second exhibit of, “Works on Paper by Chicago Imagists”, shows the internationally recognized efforts of the “Hairy Who” (& other artists) and demonstrates the influences of Surrealism, Outsider Art, and figuration. The third exhibit mounted from the MMAA Permanent Collection helps to place Aubin in context with the growing roster of important women artists of the 20th Century. These exhibits could stand alone but collectively present a much larger national view of 20th Century concepts in art. It should be noted that Aubin’s work and personal papers were recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art & archives. The Midwest Museum of American Art is grateful to the artist, Jackie Moses (Skokie, IL) and Curator Jane Stevens (Chicago) for bringing to our attention the work of Barbara Aubin and helping procure the important cultural contribution of 18 works that will be preserved by MMAA closer to the artist’s home for generations to come.
To commemorate and preserve our awareness of the Holocaust the MMAA has mounted a spotlight exhibit of works from the Permanent Collection. Adam Grochowski Grant (1924-1992) survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen concentration camps due to is innate abilities as an artist to entertain and subdue the wrath of his captors. He later arrived in America, changed his name, and tried to fulfill his aspirations to become an artist and help others see the world through the healing powers of art. He became a well known Toledo-based artist along with his wife Peggy (Brennan) Grant (b. 1932- ). Adam’s work today is heralded by his native country of Poland and has become a part of the Auschwitz Museum collection. You can see the painting, “Harlequin & Model”, 1979, by Adam Grant, and a portrait of the artist and their first-born son, Tom, titled, “In the Studio”, 1964, by Peggy Grant now on display.
From the museum’s Tuck Langland Study Collection comes seven bronze heads the sculptor created as a proposal to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust. One of these poignant and sensitively modeled heads depicts a portrait of, Anne Frank.
The MMAA will be the site for a 12-day exhibit of an informational display about the Anne Frank story as a collaboration with the Elkhart Community Schools and Premier Arts starting February 17 thru March 1.