Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

4509 Monarch Way Old Dominion University
Norfolk , VA 23529
United States

NOW ON VIEW

Life and Limb: Works by Matt Sesow

From: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Until: 
Saturday, December 18, 2021

PAST EVENTS

Black Gods of the Metropolis: The Drawings of J. Alan Cumbey

From: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Until: 
Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Art of Trains

From: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Until: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Landscapes of the Collector: The Best of the Baron and Ellin Gordon Collection of Self-taught Art

From: 
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Until: 
Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Art of Derek Webster: Selections from the Marilyn Houlburg Collection

From: 
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Until: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Canvas of My Soul: Paño Drawings by Chicano Prisoners

From: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Until: 
Sunday, April 3, 2016

Visions of the Sacred and Profane

From: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Until: 
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Out of the Vault: Treasures from the Self-Taught Art Collection

From: 
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Until: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fire! The Resurrection of Mr. Imagination

From: 
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Until: 
Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Big Story: Work by Levent Isik, Ronald Sloan and Derek Webster

From: 
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Until: 
Friday, March 7, 2014

Mother, Maiden, Courtesan: Woman and Her Image in Art

From: 
Monday, September 17, 2012
Until: 
Friday, July 5, 2013

The majority of known, collected and discussed self-taught artists are men. Images of women in culture often express artists' idealization, ambivalence or wariness - a force to be controlled. The woman may be seen as a seductress leading men to sin and ruin. These complicated roles ascribed to women defy easy explanation. Lewis Smith's "Three Women" are circus performers demonstrating their skill and strength. Their costumes are form-fitting and seductive. Though strong, they must be feminine and alluring, never masculine or dominating. In contrast, Annie Blandings' "Barn" portrays couples dancing, rapt in each other. The woman is an adored partner that holds the family together. The drawing itself is pure and ethereal.

Melissa Polhamus, The Trumpeter, gouache and ink on paper

Issues of Style in Self-taught Art

From: 
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Until: 
Sunday, September 9, 2012

Examining works from variety of artists in the collection, the exhibition focuses on a concept that traditionally organizes our thoughts on art. Self-taught art employs many diverse characteristics of expression related to issues of style. Artists such as Phillip Travers and Melissa Polhamus use space in specific ways in their compositions. Polhamus densely populates the picture plane, filling it with images that appear to present sequential events. Travers fills the picture plane but also plays with scale, ambiguous space and text to create cartoon like narratives reminiscent of story boards. By examining these common characteristics that define a style, we obtain new insight into their work.

The Self-Taught Artist in Context: Influences of American Culture

From: 
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Until: 
Sunday, September 4, 2011

War: Armed Conflict and its Legacy in Contemporary Self-Taught Art

From: 
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Until: 
Sunday, February 20, 2011