April 13 – June 30, 2019 | BOWMAN GALLERY
Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the arts as a goldsmith, painter, etcher, and draftsman. He was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism he brought to his works. Dürer established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking (woodblock prints and engravings), which he elevated to the level of an independent art form.
Examples from his celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), and the full set of sixteen prints from the Engraved Passion (1507-12) will be featured in the exhibition. Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints also includes several compositions by some of the artist’s most influential contemporaries and predecessors, Albrecht Altdorfer and Martin Schongauer, among others. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from Reading Public Museum’s permanent collection of works on paper.
Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art and Civilization at the Reading Public Museum, noted that, “visitors will have the unique opportunity to examine the artist’s extraordinary skills in a highly complicated medium.” He adds that “Dürer took prints from craft to fine art in the early years of the sixteenth century and received accolades from artists and patrons throughout Europe.”
Many of the prints entered this museum’s collection from the 1930s through the 1970s and form a wonderful sampling of the artist’s work.
April 20 – May 26, 2019 | GROH GALLERY
Washington County Public Schools Annual Art Exhibition
June 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020 | GROH GALLERY
The Blues and the Abstract Truth: Voices of African-American Art
This exhibition features works created by African-American artists from 1929 to the present. The Blues and the Abstract Truth includes 60 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs drawn from the collections of University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African-Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park. This exhibition focuses on themes related to popular culture, politics, race, and identity and it showcases works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Alma Thomas, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, and Willie Cole.