Turner to Present "Issues" Exhibition, Nov. 13-Dec. 16
The Janet Turner Print Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Issues: Social, Political, Gender, features artworks “that take a stand,” according to curator Catherine Sullivan.
“The printmakers’ response to a variety of issues as shown in this exhibition will include everything from the direct and humorous to the uncomfortable parody. Some of the works will challenge personal moral beliefs of the viewer, or what is proper for artistic subject. Other images will recall previous yet still relevant issues under a patina of nostalgia.”
Issues: Social, Political, Gender runs November 13-December 16. On December 6 there will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a curator’s talk at 6 p.m.
Sullivan said The Turner decided to do this exhibition to coincide with the elections taking place in early November.
“With it being a presidential election year, national and local issues are much more frequently discussed with the level of rhetorical discourse ranging from apathy to vocal protest. Artists are not immune to the society they live in. The artists we are featuring in this exhibition choose to focus their subjects on what is most preeminent to them regarding laws, morality and societal pressure in the era they represent.”
For “Issues” The Turner selected a number of works from its 3500-plus collection of prints that may “challenge as well as offend” the viewer, noted Sullivan.
“Art and printmaking is not always about beauty. Just as we see the hotly contested political race or passage of a proposition, this exhibition presents artists that have taken a stand and the communicative deciding ‘vote’ comes from the viewer’s reaction.”
Artists whose works will be represented include former CSU, Chico student Meghan Moyse, former artist in residence printmaker Jenny Schmid, 19th century English printmaker Issac Cruikshank, 19th century American Social Realism artist John Sloan, and Bay Area art activist Art Hazelwood.
“The viewer will find it interesting how these artists see the world they live in and how they evaluate life issues in their art,” said Sullivan. “Printmakers historically have had an opportunity to dispense their visual commentary. This exhibition demonstrates that there are artists whose concern is reacting to or proselytizing for a cause, person or moral stance.”
Print mediums represented include lithographs, historic hand colored etchings, relief prints, modern etchings and aquatints.
A select number of prints from the Turner Print Museum collection that expand on the “Issues” exhibition will be displayed in the Ayres Hall first floor cases on the CSU, Chico campus.
The Turner Print Museum is located in Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus, adjacent to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology. Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Parking is available on nearby Chico streets and also at adjacent Chico State parking lots.
For more information on the exhibition, call Sullivan at 898-4476 or visit www.janetturner.org. Groups and classes can go online to make arrangements for visits to The Turner, including visits outside the public viewing hours. The website has a section for class applications for docent tours and related activities. This form should be submitted prior to the visit to ensure a productive and educational experience for the class.
Image: "Anorexia Girl" by Jenny Schmid (lithograph, 2005)