Winter 2022 Exhibitions at Rollins Museum

Winter 2022 Exhibitions at Rollins Museum

The Rollins Museum of Art has announced the opening of three new exhibitions on January 15, on view through Spring 2022!

They are welcoming the new year with: What’s New? Recent Acquisitions, an exhibition featuring a diverse group of newly acquired works from the past two years, including Rufino Tamayo, Joyce Treiman, and Amer Kobaslija; Line, Color, Shapes and Other Stories: Abstract Art Selections from the Permanent Collection, which presents a selection of abstract art from the permanent collection that, while non-figurative, are rich in storytelling and anchored in art history. The exhibition examines the idea of geometry and balance as signifiers of beauty and harmony in ancient Greece, establishing a dialogue with From Chaos to Order, a study of the evolution of Greek art from the (chaotic) archaic period, through the (classical) Geometric period.

We also invite visitors to view continuing exhibitions, featuring new works, through April & May 2022: American Modernisms, Legends of the Saints, and Art Encounters: Ally is a Verb.

What's New? Recent Acquisitions (on view through December 31, 2022) features recent acquisitions on a rotating basis, allowing us to share some of our newest treasures before they make it to the galleries in upcoming themed exhibitions. The installation includes variety of artists, media, and topics, and reflects the diversity of the museum’s dynamic and expanding collection. 

 Line, Color, Shapes, and Other Stories showcases a selection of works from the museum's collection of modern and contemporary art that explore pure abstraction as a central narrative. Although non-figural, these works contain multiplicity of stories about art making, the history of art, and the artists themselves. Works by Doris Leeper, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Victor Vasarely, among others, emphasize the universal appeal of the structural elements of representation: line, color, and shape. 

In more than 25 years, From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on Greek art during the Geometric period (c. 900–700 B.C.). It is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art and to demonstrate how stylistic principles in visual art during the Geometric period reflect a characteristically Greek idea of the beautiful (referred to as kallos). The exhibition includes a range of Greek Geometric artworks: 57 figures, animals, vases, and personal ornaments such as warrior belts and pendants. Considered the most important Geometric Greek collection in private hands, From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. 

 American Modernisms at the Rollins Museum of Art explores the multivalent meanings of the term American modernism in the context of the collection of the Rollins Museum of Art. From the intensely observed realism of the Ashcan School to the freewheeling exploration of the 1970s, American artists have used the tools and techniques of modernist art to inspect, reflect upon, interrogate, and change the world around them. By paying particular attention to the ways in which American modernism both impacted and was impacted by the broader social life of the twentieth century, the exhibition seeks to present the collection in a new light, forging new connections, highlighting lesser-known artists, and ultimately enriching our understanding of American modernism as it is broadly considered. 

 Prior to the Enlightenment, most of the art produced in Europe was religious in nature, celebrating the sacred figures of the Christian faith. Legends of the Saints (on view through April 3) started with the question: when it comes to those not included in the books of the Bible, where did the stories come from? The short answer is, from The Golden Legend, a 13th century compilation that swiftly became a medieval bestseller. The paintings in this installation, dating from the late 15th - 18th centuries, illustrate the continued prevalence of such representations right up to the end of the early modern era, and unpack some of the stories that continue to fascinate us. 

 Art Encounters: Ally is a Verb addresses allyship, solidarity, and community building from multiple perspectives; an interactive station encourages members of the campus and external communities to respond to the works on view by sharing their own stories, adding to a collective oral history archive that reflects diverse voices and experiences. This exhibition dialogues with Rollins College’s Common Read theme of allyship. Each piece individually, and the selection as a group, address allyship, solidarity, and community building from multiple perspectives. 

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