PROVO Several exhibitions continue into the new year at Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
Meanwhile, the museum is planning several new exhibitions, including collector John H. Schaeffer's "Masterworks of Victorian Art," a collection of photographs taken of the dismantling of Geneva Steel, once a major employer in Utah County, and "Turning Point: The Demise of Modernism and the Rebirth of Meaning in American Art."
Continuing collections on display include "American Dreams: Selected Works From the Museum's Permanent Collection of American Art," which runs through 2011.
Organized by the museum, it examines artworks created by 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century American artists as ideas or visions of America. This expanded exhibition of the museum's permanent American art collection is exhibited on both levels and includes prints, sculpture, photography and painting. Curators have divided it into three thematic sections: "The Dream of Eden," "American Aspirations" and "Envisioning America."
Works of noted 20th century western artist Minerva Teichert continue through May 26 in an exhibition titled "Pageants in Paint." Presented by Zions Bank, it examines how the American mural and pageantry movements influenced Teichert's artistic production through 47 of her large-scale narrative murals.
"Some of the works in the exhibition come from private collections and have not been seen publicly for many years," museum spokesman Christopher Wilson said.
The exhibition also explores how Teichert's personal dramatic flair contributed to the theatrical characteristics of her murals of religious and western subjects.
Sponsors also include Classical 89 KBYU FM, the state of Utah Office of Museum Services and the Brigham Young University Women's Research Institute.
Also continuing is "Cliche and Collusion: Video Works by Grant Stevens" through Feb. 9.
The exhibition is a collection of Stevens' video by the contemporary multimedia artist. They display excerpts from advertising, music, film and common conversation that are familiar to American audiences.
Organized by the museum, the exhibition is sponsored in part by the Eccles Foundation, Curtis and Mary Ann Atkisson and the Museum of Art Store.
"Masterworks of Victorian Art" opens Feb. 15 and runs through Aug. 16 and includes paintings and drawings by some of the most widely acclaimed British artists of the 19th century.
The paintings depict stories from ancient history and contemporary life of that era in rich detail and color.
While Geneva Steel in Vineyard was being taken apart, Chris Dunker was there to record the event. The result is "Dismantling Geneva Steel: Photographs by Chris Dunker," which opens March 14 and runs through Nov. 1.
Dunker began to record the dismantling in November 2004. Within three years the largest steel-production facility west of the Mississippi was gone.
He documented the vacated spaces, silenced machinery and advancing destruction of this once productive steel works.
Another important historical exhibition documents the collapse of Modernist art as newer art forms took over between 1960 and 1972. This exhibition, "Turning Point: The Demise of Modernism and the Rebirth of Meaning in American Art," opens July 17 and runs through Jan. 9, 2009.
"At this moment, the United States of America had the greatest influence upon the history of world art, and the results of the change formed the foundation of all that we see in contemporary art today," Wilson said.
Another exhibition focuses on the results of isolationism. From 1639-1854 Japan purposefully isolated itself from the rest of the world. During these two centuries Japanese artisans created a unique tradition of elegant prints made from intricately carved woodblocks.
An exhibition of some of these images opens Sept. 26 titled "Windows on a Hidden World: Japanese Woodblock Prints From the BYU Collection."
"The exhibition includes images of sumptuously dressed entertainers and actors, along with scenes of the serene landscape and bustling urban life from this period when Japan was a mysterious, hidden kingdom," Wilson said.
Later in the year a contemporary art exhibition by sculptor Dan Steinhilber opens. The exhibition runs from Dec. 5 through May 2009 and is being organized by the museum.
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