Morris Museum Announces May Events

May 2008
Something to Look Forward To: Abstract Art by 22 Distinguished Americans of African Descent
Open through May 25, 2008
Something to Look Forward To presents paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by African American artists who were inspired by the tradition of abstract expressionism that emerged and developed in the U. S. after World War II. [More]

A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist
May 3–July 13, 2008

The Morris Museum of Art presents a rich representative sampling of masterworks by A. Aubrey Bodine, a photographer in the pictorialist style, organized with the assistance and cooperation of Kathleen Ewing. [More]

"Magnetic Fields/Diptych" by Mildred Thompson
Mildred Thompson, Magnetic Fields/Diptych, 1990. Courtesy the Philips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College.
Special Events
"Longshoremen" by A. Aubrey Bodine
A. Aubrey Bodine, Longshoremen, 1955. Copyright © Jennifer B. Bodine.
Exhibition Opening Reception for A. Aubrey Bodine: Baltimore Pictorialist
Tuesday, May 6
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Jennifer Bodine, daughter of the late photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, discusses her father’s long and productive career as a photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun.
Reception and conversation with the speaker follow.
Admission is free.
Family Programs
Artrageous! Sunday: Abstract Paintings with Found Objects
Sunday, May 4, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
After being inspired by David Hammons’s work B Ball Drawing in the Something to Look Forward To exhibition, create a painting using found objects with instructor Pamela Ferguson Haggins. Free.

Toddler Time: Absolutely Abstract!
Thursday, May 8, 10:00–11:00 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Discover what abstract means by viewing the exhibition Something to Look Forward To, and create your own colorful shape painting using stamps. For children 5 and under.
Museum members, parents, and chaperones, free; nonmembers $4 per participant. Register by calling 706-828-3867.

Stupendous! Family Saturday: Abstract-mania
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a lively interactive modern dance performance by the Power Company in the auditorium, and construct an abstract sculpture in the activity room. Free.

Art activity
Performances and Films
Caroline Herring
Caroline Herring
Music at the Morris: Singer Caroline Herring
Sunday, May 25, 2:00 p.m.
Caroline Herring brings to the Morris one of the most haunting voices in American music today. With lyrics informed by the literary giants of her native Southland, Herring’s music combines a variety of traditional styles, from acoustic folk to bluegrass and old-time country.
Refreshment and conversation with the artist follow. Free.
Art at Lunch: Jackson Cheatham
Friday, May 9, Noon
Master printmaker Jackson Cheatham discusses his techniques using examples of real printing plates and completed prints. Catering by A Catered Affair. $10 for museum members; $13 for nonmembers; includes museum admission, lecture, and lunch. Paid reservations are required by noon on May 7. Call 706-724-7501.

Why is This Art?
Sunday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.
Georgia Southern University professor Dr. Bruce Little removes the mystery surrounding abstract art and poses the aesthetic question, “Why do we consider this art?” during a gallery talk about the exhibition Something to Look Forward To. Free.

"Cortona #1" by Jackson Cheatham
Jackson Cheatham, Cortona #1, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.
Classes and Workshops
Adult artist workshopTour

Art activity

Adult Artist Workshop: Drawing Exploration
Saturday June 7, 14, and 28, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. each day
Augusta State University art professor Diane Sweet explores a variety of drawing approaches, techniques, and media during a three-day class series. Appropriate for all skill levels. $65 for members; $85 for nonmembers. Includes all materials. Download an application or register by calling 706-828-3865 by June 2.

Morris Art Break: A New Summer Program for Kids
Looking for a fun summer activity for your children? During four sessions in June and July, the Morris will host Art Break, a week-long program featuring an exciting variety of hands-on projects based on works in the galleries, taught by art teacher Jennifer Johnson.

Session 1, Element Explorers
Monday, June 16–Friday, June 20, ages 6–9

Monday, June 23–Friday, June 27, ages 10–13
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. each day
Explore how artists use art elements such as line, color, form, and shape, and then incorporate their techniques into your own artwork.
Each one-week session is $80 per child with a museum family membership; $100 for nonmembers. Fees include all art supplies. To reserve your space, call 706-828-3865 or download an application. Register by June 9; only 20 slots per session are available.

See the museum’s web site for information about July’s Morris Art Break


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