Fitchburg Art Museum

Current Exhibitions




 

Jeffu Warmouth: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF
On view from February 9th - June 1st, 2014

Don't let the exhibition title fool you...things are about to get funny at FAM this winter, seriously funny! Jeffu Warmouth: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF is a mid-career retrospective featuring the puns, parody, and absurdist humor of a beloved New England contemporary artist. Whether riffing on fast-food courts, Spaghetti Western cinema, or concepts of monotony and ennui in our tech and media-savvy society, Warmouth's photographs, videos, and installations wittily demonstrate the transformative nature of the mundane in our everyday lives.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to a wonderful pilot collaboration between FAM and Fitchburg State University during the 2013-14 academic year. FAM is proud to partner with the students, faculty, and staff of Fitchburg State and looks forward to a future of exciting partnerships in the years to come.

This exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Mary M. Tinti with major contributions by the students of Rob Carr's Document Design courses at Fitchburg State University.

This exhibition has been supported by the Louise I. Doyle Exhibition Fund and a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.


Exhibition Programs:

Three Heads are Better Than One!
Sunday, February 9th, 2PM
Sunday, March 23rd, 3:30PM
Sunday, April 13th, as part of a Meet The Artist event, 1-3PM

Warmouth will treat FAM visitors to live performances of his latest work, Three Heads are Better Than One. Fun and laughs guarenteed!


Exclusive Members-Only Evening
Wednesday, February 26th, 5:30-7:30PM

Enjoy a glass of wine, mingle with other FAM members, and be among the first to learn all sorts of great insider tidbits about the exhibition from FAM's Associate Curator. The event is free, but please RSVP to Janice Goodrow.


Curator's Tour
Thursday, March 6th, 4:30PM

Are you new to video and performance art, or would you like to know more about this exhibition? Join Associate Curator Mary Tinti for insights into Jeffu Warmouth's creative processes and sense of humor, and laugh while you learn!


Teacher Workshop: Humor in Art
Thursday, March 13th, 4:00-6:00PM

Lighten up and laugh with us! Take a guided tour of Jeffu Warmouth: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF with Associate Curator Mary Tinti, then brainstorm lesson ideas with your peers and Director of Education, Laura Howick. Light refreshments and PDPs provided. $7M, $10NM. Please register at FamilyID.


Meet the Artist!
Sunday, April 13th, 1:00-3:00PM

Curious about the man behind the cymbals? Join Jeffu Warmouth for a lively discussion of his work. Free with Museum admission.



Jeffu Warmouth, No More Funny Stuff (4-Way Cymbal Monkey), performance video, 4 minutes, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.   



George Greenamyer at FAM!

This Fall, FAM introduces a program of changing contemporary outdoor sculpture with three wind-driven kinetic sculptures by George Greenamyer. Greenamyer is one of this country's most prolific public artists, with major works in over 30 American cities from Alaska to Florida. He uses a colorful and witty folk-art style, and traditional blacksmith technology, to create accessible and animated artworks that poke fun at the art world, bureaucracy, and consumerism. Greenamyer lives and works in Marshfield, MA, and is Professor Emeritus of Sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.







 



Building a Collection: Photography at the Fitchburg Art Museum
Through Summer 2014


This special exhibition, organized by Consulting Curator of Photography Stephen Jareckie, features historically significant photographers including Peter Henry Emerson, Alexander Gardner, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Sheeler, Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Bradford Washburn, Harold E. Edgerton, and Paul Caponigro. 

The Fitchburg Art Museum began collecting fine art photographs since 1980 by accepting the anonymous donation of Charles Sheeler’s Lever House, an image celebrating an iconic international-style, glass-faced structure erected in mid-town Manhattan during New York’s building boom after World War II. Two more Sheeler photographs, taken in 1929 at Chartres, France, were donated in 1981, which laid the foundation for what has become a collection of over 450 photographic prints.






Alfred Steiglitz, The Steerage, 1915 large-format photogravure, Museum Purchase, Margaret Simonds Sinon Collection Fund


Next, the Museum created a special gallery for changing photography exhibitions in the new Simonds Building, opened in 1989. The Museum has since mounted over forty special photography exhibitions - both major presentations and one-person shows. The photography collection developed as an outgrowth of the exhibition program. Generous donors – photographers and collectors –gave impetus to the Museum’s collecting activity, and advantageous purchases have also strengthened the Museum photographic holdings. In particular, Jude Peterson, a Massachusetts collector and a friend of the Museum, helped sustain our photography program from the late 1990s until his untimely death in 2009. He left over 330 photographs to the Museum. The Jude Peterson Collection, which includes works by major artists, serves as a solid base for the growing collection. The pictures displayed in these newly installed galleries trace the history of photography from the 1860s to the 21st century. These images, mainly American in character, present an overview of a photography collection built over three decades.










Peter Henry Emerson, A Reed Cutter at Work, 1885, from P.H. Emerson's Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, platinum print, Jude Peterson Collection.

This exhibition was organized by FAM Consulting Curator of Photography, Stephen Jareckie, and is supported by the Robert and Elaine Smith Photography Fund. Special thanks to the Culley Street Frame Shop, Fitchburg, MA, for assisting with artwork preparation.









View of gallery installation at the Fitchburg Art Museum (foreground photo by Harold "Doc" Edgerton)



UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects


“UFOs: Unidentified Fascinating Objects,” is a pop-up exhibition that is currently on view. It features unfamiliar objects from around that world that are part of the Fitchburg Art Museum collection. (For visitors who saw the title and were expecting Unidentified Flying Objects, the exhibition does include a mysterious pig with feathers!)

The work of museums is to identify and exhibit their collections. UFOs shares that experience by showcasing unidentified objects, that is, objects without individual, explanatory labels. We hope it will be challenging for visitors to look closely at unfamiliar objects before reading the labels. 

Within the exhibition, there are fun opportunities to explore interpretations of the same animal by artists in both Africa and the USA. Viewers can compare a royal African leopard head sculpture with “The Cat,” a hockey goalie mask by Massachusetts artist Ron Slater (who also created the mask for Bruin’s goalie, Tuukka Rask), or carved African antelopes (that symbolize farmers) with the sleek emblem for a 2014 Chevy Impala, on loan from Chevrolet-West in Fitchburg. 

This exhibition was organized by FAM Associate Consulting Curator of African and Oceanic Art Catherine Hunter and is supported by the Louise I. Doyle Exhibition Fund.