Six New Exhibitions Bring New Focus at Mobile Museum of Art
After a summer of renovations, programming, and planning, on November 13, 2015 the Mobile Museum of Art is opening six new exhibitions in a new space and with new focus. MMofA celebrates American art in a big way.
Each exhibition explores a different facet of innovation in American art. The exhibition, A Passion for the Past: New Acquisitions from the Schoenknecht-Paul Collection delves into America’s recent history in decorative arts, focusing on creative advancement in ceramics, glass and metal. The collection-based exhibition American Art: 1945 to the Present also illustrates the emergence of America as a major force in the global art world, with postwar paintings, photographs, and other fine art by renowned American artists.
MMofA’s four other exhibitions represent the present, where concepts from the past are pushed, contorted, and transformed by new hands. Artist John Cerney, in John Cerney: Selfie, creates giant plywood cutouts painted in the populist style of Norman Rockwell, that capture the irony, fun and egocentric nature of social media. Size Matters features eight artists also experimenting with scale in art and how it affects the viewer. Hiroshi Sueyoshi: Rock Garden depicts harmony between nature and human forms; and Raine Bedsole in her site-specific installation, Raine Bedsole: You Are the River, also utilizes natural elements and marries memory to the power of form and symbol. These exhibitions highlight artists working in today’s artistic landscape, experimenting with scale, light, nature, human interaction, and other themes prevalent in the modern world.
All exhibitions open November 13, 2015 and have been made possible by grants from the city of Mobile, Alabama State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.
- John Cerney: SELFIE, Sponsored by PNC
- Raine Bedsole: YOU ARE THE RIVER, Sponsored by Jaguar Gulf Coast and The C.D., Helen and Jeff Glaze Foundation
- Hiroshi Sueyoshi: ROCK GARDEN
- Size Matters, Sponsored by Alabama Coasting
- AMERICAN ART: 1945 to the Present, Sponsored by The Crampton Trust
- A PASSION FOR THE PAST: New Acquisitions from the Schoenknecht-Paul Collection, Part I