Objects of Our Affection: Art from Private Collections of the Saint Joseph College Community
Oct. 1 – Dec. 18, 2004
This exhibition includes works in a variety of media and ranges from old masters to contemporary art, highlighting the diversity of collections belonging to alumni, faculty, and friends of the University. Among the earliest works on view are portrait prints by Rembrandt, a drawing by English visionary artist William Blake, Indian miniatures, and William Hogarth’s etched self portrait, along with the related satirical portrait of his critic Charles Churchill.
A selection of landscapes includes oil paintings by American painters William Chadwick, Bruce Crane, Charles Herbert Woodbury, and watercolors by William Louis Sonntag and Daniel Fisher Wentworth. Among the nineteenth- and twentieth-century European works is an oil painting by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps and prints by Toulouse-Lautrec, Rouault, Chagall, Picasso, and Miró. Early twentieth-century art includes a painting by Robert Gwathmey, drawings by Joseph Stella, and prints by Elizabeth Catlett and Isabel Bishop. Early twentieth-century geometric abstractions by Hilla Rebay and Rolph Scarlett are joined by contemporary works by Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Jennifer Bartlett, and Sol LeWitt.
This exhibition is dedicated to the late Vincenza A. Uccello ’56, D.H.L.’00, Professor Emerita and first Director of the Art Collections and Gallery. It is supported in part by the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund.
Lunar Birth: Recent Work of Ann McCoy
March 5 – May 1, 2004
This installation for University of Saint Joseph, which focuses on the theme of rebirth, originated from a series of works dealing with the mental illness and death of the artist’s mother. It featured several mural-size (9 x 14 foot) works in pencil and watercolor on paper mounted on canvas, a selection of smaller drawings, a sculptural group in wax, and the artist’s signature “light projections,” slides of drawings projected on the gallery’s walls and floor.
As a Catholic who practices Jain meditation techniques, Ann McCoy draws upon a wide knowledge of comparative religion, alchemy, and Jungian psychology for her art, which explores psychological and spiritual transformation. The images in McCoy’s large and complex drawings are based on her dreams, through which she finds a path to healing and reconciliation.
The exhibition was supported in part by the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund.