Folds: Mary Jo Karimnia
August 14 – October 16, 2016
Mary Jo Karimnia is an artist, arts administrator, curator, and arts activist in Memphis. Influenced by her travels and affiliations with artists from Bolivia, she currently works for Crosstown Arts doing creative, community-based projects. Much of Karimnia’s work is steeped in the feminine, often stemming from her choice of media (beading, embroidery, fabrics such as pillow cases and aprons) that have traditionally domestic connotations. Particular ideas may be realized in intensely bright, beaded panels or embroidered onto small vintage linens. Karimnia purposely omits the faces of figures in her work, preferring the anonymous nature of costumes. Costumes, including those from cosplay conventions, dancers in Bolivia, or the Catrina figure at a local Day of the Dead Festival allow viewers to explore personae, look back to a specific heritage, or toward a fantasy.
The exhibition, Folds, is based on simple origami shapes–paper cups, houses, boats, stars, hearts, pinwheels, and birds. Karimnia photographs eye-catching patterns from various sources, folds them into origami, photographs them again, and then builds them in her desired media. Folds includes embroidery and prints on vintage fabrics and seed-beaded panels of anonymous figures in fancy dress costumes that take on a sense of magic through their embellishment.
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art
October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art celebrates artists’ captivation with hunting and fishing. It will be the first major art exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of such outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture, ranging from the Colonial era to World War II. The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes, including iconic works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. In one important example after, these representations of hunting and fishing do more than merely illustrate subsistence or diverting pastimes, they connect a dynamic and developing American nation to its past and its future.
A scholarly catalogue edited by Kevin Sharp, Linda W., and S. Herbert Rhea Director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and published by the University of Oklahoma Press will accompany the exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.