New Exhibitions

American Portraits from the Permanent Collection

The Midwest Museum of American Art presents another in a series of its spotlight exhibits, “American Portraits from the Permanent Collection”, opening on Friday, October 27 and continuing through April 2018. As an adjunct to the museum’s Story of American Art survey of 200 years, this exhibit complements the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional by including several well-known Michiana artists whose works are found in concert with major artists of the past. The timeframe covered by the 21 works in “American Portraits” features images from the 19th Century through the 21st Century calling into question ideas of gender, race, age, politics, and social conditions.

Since the human image has been a constant presence in art since the beginning of time, these portraits show the faces that not only record the presence of the sitter but reflect the artists’ personal visions carrying the ideas and opinions about the human condition for viewers to ponder. Portraiture in American Art was a dominant form until the art of the landscape became popular by mid-to-late 19th century.

Included in the MMAA collection highlights are works by Tuck Langland, Granger, IN, David Labrum, South Bend, IN, Brandon Briggs, Bowling Green, OH, and Harry Ahn, Berrien Springs, MI. Paintings by Joseph Sheppard, Baltimore, Maryland, Maxine Schacker, Toronto, Canada, and Douglas Hofmann, New York, are also included. Historically recognized artists associated with the exhibit Ivan Albright, Mary Cassatt, John Steuart Curry, John Singer Sargent, Raphael Soyer, and Andy Warhol

Here & There: Large and Small Scale Views in Photography

This exhibit features an incredible sampling of world-class photographers who have worked or are now working in the United States. In this age of cell phone cameras and social media, the ability for anyone to participate as an image maker/chronicler of their time, is in sharp technological contrast to the careful and trained eye of the artists/photographers represented here. Borrowed from a major private collection and enhanced with works from the MMAA Permanent Collection, this exhibit features works by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Clyde Butcher (b.1942- ), Nick Brandt (b.1966- ) Adam Fuss (b.1961- ), Jerry Uelsmann (b.1934- ), Bradford Washburn (1910-2007), and others. This is a must-see display of photography, some of which are as large as 40 by 60 inches, contrasted with small intimate images that must be viewed up close and personally. HERE & THERE represents timely moments captured in a variety of approaches in the global community of shadows and light. December 8, 2017 through February 24, 2018