On View January 19 – June 23, 2019
Dating back to the Ceramic National exhibitions, which began in 1932, the Everson has a rich history of supporting artists who explore the figure. Artists like Viktor Schreckengost, Edris Eckhardt, and Waylande Gregory routinely received awards and critical acclaim for their work. Key Figures examines the larger-than-life artists who shaped an art movement, and features select works from a new generation of artists who are building on this legacy by using the figure to explore identity, narrative, and allegory.
On View February 9 – April 21, 2019
Artist and theorist Suzanne Anker positions her work at the intersection of art and biology using a wide range of media, from genetically modified plants, digital sculpture, and installation to large-scale photography and projected video. 1.5° Celsius references the projected increase in temperature between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace and the world fails to take significant action to reverse the increase, according to a United Nations report published on October 7, 2018. This subtle yet substantial change in temperature will have seismic implications for climate change, species extinction, and toxic degradation. Anker’s investigations into these issues encourage critical and enlightened thinking about the ways humans have altered nature in the past and will be required to alter nature in the twenty-first century.
On View February 9 – April 21, 2019
The work of pioneering video artist Frank Gillette focuses on humans’ experience of natural phenomena. Using multi-channel video installations with image feedback, time delay, and closed-circuit systems, Gillette is of a generation of artists who defined the way video technologies would be used as an art form. Gillette has become increasingly fascinated with the potential of digital media to subvert our obsession with speed, and creates work that embraces a Zen-inspired experience of slow time. Creating multi-channel installations that are always shifting, contain no beginning or end, and juxtapose traditional modes of art making (such as still life, landscape, and symbolic interaction,) Gillette continues to deepen a career-long investigation into the intersections of technology, ecology, and cognition.
Opening April 2019
The youngest of eight children, Eddie Dominguez grew up in Tucumcari, New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Amarillo on historic Route 66. He came to national prominence in the mid–1980s for highly stylized dinnerware sets that also stack into sculptural forms. In his work, Dominguez frequently references his home state’s vegetation, landforms, weather, and Hispano–Catholic culture. The dual nature of Dominguez’s objects, which inhabit the gray area between utility and art for art’s sake, reflects his personal experience as a New Mexican who studied ceramics in the Anglo– dominated East: whether we see “art” or “craft,” local Hispano or melting pot American depends completely on the immediate context.
Opening May 2019
Time Returns: A Continuous Now presents a cross section of photographs that span the early twentieth century through 2019. In our current moment of peaked social activism and political engagement, the exhibition suggests new connections among seemingly disparate topics such as the horrors of war, the impact of the Anthropocene, shifting identities, and the necessity of intimacy. Time Returns: A Continuous Now features work rife with immediacy by artists living through tumultuous times that reevaluate societal divisions and reinforce the relevance and power of photography today. Co-curated by artist Judy Natal and the Everson’s Curator of Art & Programs DJ Hellerman, the exhibition is assembled from the collections of the Everson Museum and Light Work.
On View May 16–July 21, 2019
This exhibition is curated by the Everson Teen Arts Council, a group of high school students from Onondaga County, using the Museum’s collection as inspiration for this exhibition. Teen Council members collaborated to choose a theme, select works from the Museum’s collection, write wall text, and design the layout. This exploration provided Council members with insight into how museum exhibitions come to life.