Category Archives: 2019

Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to begin its 2020 season with an enticing solo exhibition, MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK — a delightful exploration into the recent work of highly esteemed Miami-based artist and eco-feminist, Mira Lehr.

Orlando, FL — November 2019

Mira Lehr’s entire career as an artist has focused on the natural world and our relationship with our surroundings.  Her residence in Miami, with a studio nestled right on the water, has unmistakably navigated her work toward the waterways and open ocean that form a unique and integral part of a life in Florida.

A “high water mark” indicates a literal measurement for the highest point the water level reaches in a given area at a particular time.  However, alternate meanings of the term suggest maximum value in various other sectors of life.  It seems fitting, then, that this phrase should be applied to the work of an artist whose career spans five decades, building ever forward toward a well-earned new heights.  Lehr’s recent work has been lauded by critics for the meaningful and contemplative commentary she offers on a timely and contentious subject — the state of our natural world.

Guest Curator, Ginger Gregg Duggan, states —

“Mira’s sense of wonder and faith in humanity’s ability to rise to the occasion with solutions, guides both her life and work.  It is precisely this character trait that inspired the theme of this exhibition, High Water Mark.”  She continues,“The experience of standing in the gallery, surrounded on all sides by the expansive panel painting, Siren’s Song, is not unlike visiting an aquarium viewing area, with windows granting vistas of mysterious underwater life.”

MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK is tailored to the Mennello Museum’s galleries and will feature four distinct installations in each of the main gallery spaces.  Visitors will be greeted by a site-specific installation of Lehr’s haunting, lighted sculptural cages, which will dance along the right side of the entry hall, opposite a newly ignited painting, Magenta and Green Mangroves.  Once in the reception area, viewers will find an environment comprised of multiple mangrove sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, growing into the space, thus forming a fully immersive experience for visitors to walk in, and among.  Another focal point will be a seven-foot-wide suspended glass sculptural installation titled Below the Surface — a commentary on jellyfish and their role in our environment.  Along the perimeter walls Lehr’s large-scale panel painting, Siren’s Song, will be further enriching the space.  Within the Mennello’s intimate front gallery, viewers can discover another immersive experience, where they will be surrounded by bare, suspended light bulbs reflecting the mirrored, coral wall sculptures as if underwater.  Titled, Below Mixing Currents, this installation serves as a tribute to the diminishing coral reefs that play such a vital role in the Earth’s overall health and balance.

In her new essay on Lehr’s work, which can be found in the special publication accompanying this exhibition, Curator, Duggan writes:

“This atmospheric condition of the underwater experience carries with it a vulnerability that can understandably be either intimidating or inspiring. Without being open to the unknown, one may never reap the rewards of a new adventure or experience. Considering Lehr through this particular lens reinforces her fearless and enthusiastic approach to both life and art.”

Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, states —

“We are honored to work with Mira Lehr as she enters the sixth decade of her career as a pioneering artist, whose radical artmaking and community building advanced the arts in Miami, starting in 1960, long before Miami had evolved into what it has become today.  Interested in the plight of women artists, and relocating from New York where she had worked with some of America’s most prominent artists such as Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, and Hans Hoffman, Lehr was shocked in Miami, yet dedicated her career to carving out a place where she could create the art she wanted, and garner the visibility she deserved.  I applaud Lehr’s legacy and celebrate her desire to share it with us and the Orlando community.”

Mira Lehr is an eco-feminist artist from Miami whose career spans five decades. Her nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Lehr’s processes include non-traditional media such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes, and welded steel.  She has affected a new generation of young artists, serving as a mentor and collaborator, teaching master classes with the National Young Arts Foundation, and has been an artist in residence at the Bascom Summer Programs.  Lehr’s solo and group exhibitions number over 300, and she is presently represented by Rosenbaum Contemporary in Boca Raton, FL.  A monograph about Lehr, Arc of Nature, was published by Hard Press Editions and Hudson Hills Press in the Spring of 2015.  In 2016, a major show was installed at Fairchild Gardens reflecting her love of nature and her interest in protecting the environment.  She went on to receive the Centennial Commission for a multimedia work at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. In 2018, Lehr was invited to mount a one-person exhibition of her work at the MOCA Museum in North Miami. This critically-acclaimed project once again reflected her interest in the environment. Her most recent solo exhibition Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden, at the Jewish Museum of Florida-Florida International University, Miami, on view from October 15, 2019 through February 3, 2020, is receiving critical national praise.


Please save the date for the opening reception of MIRA LEHR: HIGH WATER MARK.

The artist will be in attendance.

Opening Reception
Friday, January 24, 2020

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 pm

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members | $10 for Guests

Artist Talk & Curator Talk and Reception
Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 1 pm

First Friday Talk & Tour
Each First Friday fo the month | 11am


PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

Mira, Lehr, Invisible Cities (detail), 2018
Brass, burned and dyed Japanese paper, lights, and fabric. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Siren’s Song, 2017
Silver emulsion on panel, ignited gunpowder, burned and dyed Japanese paper, and acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Mixing Currents (detail),
Light bulbs, video projection with sound, and mirrored acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Mangrove Labyrinth (detail), 2018
Marine rope, steel, resin, burned Japanese paper, and latex paint. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Magenta and Green Mangroves, 2019
Burned and dyed Japanese paper, ink, ignited fuses, and gunpowder on canvas. 
Courtesy of the artist
Mira Lehr, Creation, 2017
Silver emulsion on panel, ignited gunpowder, burned and dyed Japanese paper, and acrylic.
Courtesy of the artist

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through January 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Mira Lehr: High Water Mark

On view January 24 – May 10, 2020

Mira Lehr’s entire career as an artist has focused on the natural world and our relationship with our surroundings. Her residence in Miami, with a studio nestled right on the water, has obviously steered her work towards the waterways and open ocean that form such an integral part of life in Florida.

A “high water mark” indicates a literal measurement for the highest point the water level reaches in a given area at a particular time. However, alternate meanings of the term suggest maximum value in various other sectors of life. It seems fitting, then, that this phrase should be applied to the work of an artist whose career spans five decades, building toward a well-earned peak. Lehr’s recent work has been lauded by critics for the meaningful and contemplative commentary she offers on a timely and contentious subject, the state of our natural world. However, her sense of wonder and optimism about humanity’s ability to rise to the occasion with solutions guides both her life and work.

As an eco-feminist artist from Miami whose career spans five decades, her nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Lehr’s processes include non-traditional media such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes and welded steel.

Lehr has affected a new generation of young artists by serving as a mentor and collaborator, teaching master classes with the National Young Arts Foundation.  She has also been an artist in residence at the Bascom Summer Programs.

John Baker: Mind Wealth

November 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Artist’s Reception – December 11, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Mennello Museum of American Art proudly presents, John Baker: Mind Wealth — the captivating photography of artist John Baker, whose work unveils a moment in time where light interacts gracefully among crowds or an individual within charming human-built spaces. Baker brilliantly captures the interplay of human interaction surrounded by highly contrasted shadow and bright light cast onto the smooth metals and the textured brick of city streets encountered during his travels.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from a photograph taken by the artist, which asks the viewer to confront philosophical ideas associated with idealism and youth or materiality and maturity in an art filled space that encourages the same attention to thought.  Inspired by the ephemeral and profound moods evoked in Edward Steichen’s early photography, the soft-focused documentation of urban life by Alfred Stieglitz, the architectural abstraction of Paul Strand, and the high contrast drama commanded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Baker’s photographs continue a long tradition of considering place and people through contemporary black and white photography.

“On the occasion of our major exhibition with pioneering photographer Edward Steichen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share the photography of an outstanding local artist, John Baker, who has long admired the avant-garde work by photographers at the turn of the last century, and employs this creative exploration in his own work. Through his photography, Baker presents a wonderful consideration of the splendor of contemporary society with a modernist lens of location. Baker elegantly frames the world he sees, reminding us all to find the wonder in the lives we walk through every day.”

Katherine Navarro, Curator of Art and Education

John Baker is a recognized black and white film photographer and multimedia artist living and working in Orlando. He teaches photography at the Crealdé School of Art, holds a gallery studio at FAVO, is an annual Indie-Folkfest artist at the Mennello Museum and, among other accolades, has won Best of Show at the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursdays.

John Baker: Mind Wealth is curated by Katherine Navarro, Curator of Art and Education, Mennello Museum of American Art.

Mennello Museum of American Art to present new exhibit featuring recognized black and white photographer, and celebrated Orlando artist, John Baker.

Orlando, FL — October 2019

The Mennello Museum of American Art proudly presents, John Baker: Mind Wealth — the captivating photography of artist John Baker, whose work unveils a moment in time where light interacts gracefully among crowds or an individual within charming human-built spaces. Baker brilliantly captures the interplay of human interaction surrounded by highly contrasted shadow and bright light cast onto the smooth metals and the textured brick of city streets encountered during his travels.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from a photograph taken by the artist, which asks the viewer to confront philosophical ideas associated with idealism and youth or materiality and maturity in an art filled space that encourages the same attention to thought.  Inspired by the ephemeral and profound moods evoked in Edward Steichen’s early photography, the soft-focused documentation of urban life by Alfred Stieglitz, the architectural abstraction of Paul Strand, and the high contrast drama commanded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Baker’s photographs continue a long tradition of considering place and people through contemporary black and white photography.

Katherine Navarro, Curator of Art and Education states “On the occasion of our major exhibition with pioneering photographer Edward Steichen, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share the photography of an outstanding local artist, John Baker, who has long admired the avant-garde work by photographers at the turn of the last century, and employs this creative exploration in his own work. Through his photography, Baker presents a wonderful consideration of the splendor of contemporary society with a modernist lens of location. Baker elegantly frames the world he sees, reminding us all to find the wonder in the lives we walk through every day.”

John Baker is a recognized black and white film photographer and multimedia artist living and working in Orlando. He teaches photography at the Crealdé School of Art, holds a gallery studio at FAVO, is an annual Indie-Folkfest artist at the Mennello Museum and, among other accolades, has won Best of Show at the Orlando Museum of Art’s First Thursdays.


Please save the date for the opening reception of JOHN BAKER: MIND WEALTH

Public Reception
Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Free for members | $5 for Guests

Tickets | bit.ly/johnbakermindwealth

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

John Baker (b. 1966, NY)
Mind Wealth Bruges, 2016, silver gelatin print. Courtesy of the Artist


John Baker (b. 1966, NY)
Bus Stop, 1998, silver gelatin print.
Courtesy of the Artist

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through January 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art Announce Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects as Visionary Design Team for Expansion

Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art are pleased to announce they have hired renowned architects Brooks + Scarpa & KMF Architects as the design team for the 40,000 square-foot museum expansion. In a special presentation, preliminary plans and a stunning architectural model were unveiled by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and museum director Shannon Fitzgerald at the museum’s White Canvas Party on Friday night, October 4.

Michael A. Mennello, the museum’s founder, is thrilled with the design planning and states:

My late wife, Marilyn, and I opened the museum in November 1998. We were avid art collectors who had a dream to create an intimate cultural gem. Never in a million years did I dream I would be alive to see our museum become a global destination for world-class American Art for all to enjoy.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer shares his support of the museum’s vision and expansion:

“World-class cities place enormous value on their museums and expect them to deliver art and culture that enriches lives. I believe that the Mennello Museum is one of Orlando’s most beautiful cultural assets for our residents. As it reaches more people in our community through family-friendly programs, compelling exhibitions, and timely events, I am happy that the museum has developed a road map for the future that includes an expansion with a design that can help define what an art museum can be in the 21st Century.”

Walter Ketcham, Chairman, Friends Board shares:

“For nearly 21 years, the Mennello Museum has enriched our community with thought-provoking exhibitions. The future looks bright as we are now poised to add 40,000 square feet of enrichment opportunities; world-class exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and multi-purpose event spaces. This planned addition will make the museum a world-class destination experience.”

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, states:

“Our plan is inclusive, welcoming, and sustainable.  With the open expansion, we will serve more in our community with a mission-driven building designed to seamlessly merge art, education, nature, dwell, respite, function, and form. We started with visionary ideas on how to make the museum more cohesive and increase public access and with Brooks + Scapa and KMF Architects’ brilliant partnership, the visionary has been put into action—a very exciting moment for us all!”

The museum will move forward cautiously to ensure all the private funds are raised to continue to work with such dynamic partners in dreaming the future together, and making it a reality. “The Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art, along with the City Of Orlando, have mapped out a success story that is so powerful as we will become a cultural destination for both our local community and visitors,” states Jim Southall, Finance Chair, Friends Board.

The $20 million expansion includes:

  • 40,000 square-foot museum facility integrated around the current 12,000 square-foot museum building
  • Increase the number and quality of programs, opportunities, and amenities to better serve our growing audiences
  • Create a cultural destination on beautiful Lake Formosa designed to preserve and reimagine our green space, the intimacy of the Dr. Phillips Home, walking and bike paths, and sculpture garden
  • Welcoming and inclusive space for the highest caliber of exhibitions and programs to best attract audiences
  • Expand family-friendly and diverse art education programs to serve the community
  • Multi-purpose spaces for earned income; events, weddings, classrooms, and conference room
  • Ability to seat 250 and accommodate 400+ for standing indoor & outdoor events
  • Attract larger audience through new branded tourism efforts
  • Greater impact in the art and economic prosperity of the region

Lawrence Scarpa’s vision beautifully aligns with the museum’s goals:

“The Mennello Museum’s design is both futuristic and timeless.  The design mirrors the objective of the artwork inside: It tells a story and furthers the Museum’s mission to be a place of education, culture, and inspiration. More than just a building, it is a civic place for social interaction, bringing people closer to art, each other and to nature, providing an opportunity for new, immersive, art experiences. The building is organized as a series of highly engaging spaces where the Museum’s mission of using art to connect people to the world around them can unfold.”

Museum Expansion Architect Team

Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers, and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with some of the most prestigious design awards, including the Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award and the American Institute of Architects National Firm Award, Brooks + Scarpa is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture, and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments.

KMF Architects has been active in Orlando for 20 years, bringing quality vision and implementation to a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects. A knowledge and passion for local history and infrastructure has led to a meaningful interaction with our community here in Orlando and has left a substantial impact in helping to inform its future. KMF features a diverse array of talent and experience, offering a personalized service unmatched in the industry. Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects have had a professional creative relationship for over a decade, leading to award-winning solutions on diverse program types. 

The Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects partnership provides a team that merges unparalleled design with localized service and expertise. The team is excited about the opportunity to establish a new sustainable icon for the City of Orlando and Orange County, creating a place that merges art, architecture, and people, telling the story of Orlando’s rich and diverse communities.

PRINCIPLES:

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Brooks + Scarpa

Eric Kleinsteuber, AIA – KMF Architects

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN      

The Friends Board now embarks on the silent phase of a capital campaign to fully fund the building expansion. The project will strengthen the Mennello Museum of American Art as one of Central Florida’s preeminent art, culture, and education institutions and enable us to advance how we celebrate the diversity of American Art and the Central Florida community.

To find out how you can be part of our future and support our capital campaign please contact Genean McKinnon at genean@mckinnonstrong.com, 407. 341. 0341 or Kim Strong at kim@mckinnonstrong.com, 407. 619. 1711.

#paintingourfuture

#buildingourtomorrow

mennellomusuem.org


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through January 12, 2020:

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nlfcx5k38kf0826/AADE8hTRYxwkI2v5Hxmmhlmma?dl=0

Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (1), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (2), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (3), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (4), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (5), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Exterior (6), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (1), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (2), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (3), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (4), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (5), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (6), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (7), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (8), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (9), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, Preliminary Expansion Renderings, Interior (10), Brooks + Scarpa and KMF Architects, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, White Canvas Party, (from left to right – Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA (Brooks + Scarpa Architects), Shannon Fitzgerald (Director, Mennello Museum of American Art), Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (City of Orlando), Eric Kleinsteuber, AIA (KMF Architects).  Courtesy: Jeremy Kemp, City of Orlando, 2019.
Mennello Museum of American Art, White Canvas Party, Proposed Expansion Model (2), Courtesy: Matt Kaiser, City of Orlando, 2019

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers

September 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020

EDWARD STEICHEN: IN EXALTATION OF FLOWERS presents paintings and photography from the collections of Art Bridges, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view from September 20th – January 12th, 2020 at the Mennello Museum of American Art in partnership with Orlando Museum of Art. 

Co-organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) with Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) and in partnership with Art Bridges, a pioneering new foundation dedicated to dramatically expanding access to American art across the country, this exhibit includes 20 photographs and a rare large-scale mural by groundbreaking, turn-of-the-last century artist Edward Steichen. Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers, and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black and white photography and seven stunningly grand, large-scale gold-leaf mural paintings filled with portraits of his friends (the creative icons) and their floral counterparts. The murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, had not been seen in over 100 years, until Art Bridges purchased them from MoMA who was gifted the murals from the Meyer family who commissioned them from Steichen in 1910.  Art Bridges supported their conservation at Dallas Art Museum where they were unveiled again in 2018.  

This innovative collaboration between MMAA and OMA is only made possible by Art Bridge’s visionary mission to make collections of American Art more accessible through the forging of collaborations and partnerships with collection-rich museums and our smaller museums in Orlando. The exhibition, Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flower brings the multi-disciplinary art of Edward Steichen to our communities in Central Florida for the first time, through a tightly-focused consideration of his masterpiece painting, In Exaltation of Flowers (1910-13; Art Bridges Foundation) and related photographs from 1906-1923 handpicked for their close association with the murals. The seven-panel mural will be shown at OMA and twenty photographs from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be presented at the MMAA.  The two presentations, together explore the important relationship between the artist’s painting and his early photography, and give an in-depth look at the world in which Steichen made his art.

The murals tell the story of philanthropists Agnes Ernst Meyer, Eugene Meyer, Jr. Charles Lang Freer (Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art), the mezzo soprano and dancer Mercedes de Cordoba, the artists Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett, and the dancer Isadora Duncan, along with their floral counterparts, inspired in part by the Symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1907 book The Intelligence of Flowers. The photographs feature the same friends along with multiple images of Steichen’s wife, his most beloved muse, Dana Steichen.

 Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers shares multiple facets of Steichen’s early work as a photographer and painter while also sharing a symbolic narrative about his circle of friends in both intimate and grand iterations. The exhibition seeks to celebrate Steichen’s genius in both mediums.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowersis co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum and Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator, Orlando Museum of Art.

This exhibition and education programs are made possible with the generous funding support of Art Bridges.

Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Museum of Art awarded grant through partnership with Art Bridges to create a first of its kind, dual exhibition featuring the works of Edward Steichen.

Orlando, FL — August 2019

EDWARD STEICHEN: IN EXALTATION OF FLOWERS presents paintings and photography from the collections of Art Bridges, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view from September 20th 2019 – January 12th, 2020 at the Mennello Museum of American Art in partnership with Orlando Museum of Art.  Opening reception will take place at both the Mennello Museum and OMA on Friday, September 20th starting at 5:30pm – shuttles will be provided between museums. 

Co-organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) with Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) and in partnership with Art Bridges, a pioneering new foundation dedicated to dramatically expanding access to American art across the country, this exhibit includes 20 photographs and a rare large-scale mural by groundbreaking, turn-of-the-last century artist Edward Steichen. Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers, and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black and white photography and seven stunningly grand, large-scale gold-leaf mural paintings filled with portraits of his friends (the creative icons) and their floral counterparts. The murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, had not been seen in over 100 years, until Art Bridges purchased them from MoMA, who was gifted the murals from the Meyer family, who commissioned them from Steichen in 1910.  Art Bridges supported their conservation at Dallas Art Museum where they were unveiled again in 2018.  

Executive Director of the Mennello Museum, Shannon Fitzgerald stated, “I am delighted that this innovative shared exhibition and partnership with collection-rich museums is creating a new standard for museum experimentation and shared resources, and that both our museums are part of this national dialogue moving the dial forward on how museums can truly come together – in this instance, a significant first in the cultural community that I hope will be part of a lasting model in national museum practice, with gratitude to Art Bridges for such leadership.”

This pioneering collaboration between MMAA and OMA is only made possible by Art Bridges’ visionary mission to make collections of American Art more accessible through the forging of collaborations and partnerships with collection-rich museums and our smaller museums in Orlando.  Speaking on the collective efforts needed to make this exhibition a reality, Director and CEO of OMA, Glen Gentele, said, “The opportunity for the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) to collaborate with the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) on co-organizing this important exhibition featuring the photography and painting of Edward Steichen, one of the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century, is extraordinary and would not be possible without the support of Art Bridges.”

The exhibition, Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers brings the multi-disciplinary art of Edward Steichen to our communities in Central Florida for the first time, through a tightly-focused consideration of his masterpiece painting, In Exaltation of Flowers (1910-13; Art Bridges Foundation) and related photographs from 1906-1923 handpicked for their close association with the murals. The seven-panel mural will be shown at OMA and twenty photographs from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be presented at the MMAA.  The two presentations together explore the important relationship between the artist’s painting and his early photography, and give an in-depth look at the world in which Steichen made his art.

The murals tell the story of philanthropists Agnes Ernst Meyer, Eugene Meyer, Jr. Charles Lang Freer (Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art), the mezzo soprano and dancer Mercedes de Cordoba, the artists Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett, and the dancer Isadora Duncan, along with their floral counterparts, inspired in part by the Symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1907 book The Intelligence of Flowers. The photographs feature the same friends along with multiple images of Steichen’s wife, his most beloved muse, Dana Steichen.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers shares multiple facets of Steichen’s early work as a photographer and painter while also sharing a symbolic narrative about his circle of friends in both intimate and grand iterations. The exhibition seeks to celebrate Steichen’s genius in both mediums.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers is co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum and Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator, Orlando Museum of Art.

This exhibition and education programs are made possible with the generous funding support of Art Bridges.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer echoed his support for the project, stating, “As a city, we are grateful for the continued support of Art Bridges, who has already provided the Mennello Museum of American Art with leadership that helped secure the valuable loans from three outstanding museums in our country; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the George Eastman Museum.  This partnership not only further distinguishes our museum, but also allows the various audiences of the Mennello and Orlando Museum of Art to further share in programming and engage more of our community in the vibrant arts and culture offerings of Orlando.”

This is a new program with a new foundation representing the first dual museum project for Art Bridges, that reflects a pioneering national model they are employing with collection-rich museums across the nation.

The leadership of MMAA and OMA have been working with Art Bridges leadership on this project for nearly two years – in a complex development and defining of the program, and it has only been possible because of a true sharing of resources and working across museums and departments.  The funding includes support for shipping, crating, museum loans fees, installation materials and labor, education, and marketing that otherwise would have been too cost prohibitive for either museum.

Art Bridges, is a nonprofit founded by Alice Walton in late 2017 and is dedicated to sharing outstanding works of American art. The murals are owned by Art Bridges which maintains a separate collection of art from the Walton-founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at the Mennello Museum of American Art is also generously supported by the City of Orlando and the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Funding for the Orlando Museum of Art is generated through earned income, the Board of Trustees, OMA Ambassadors, Council of 101, Acquisition Trust, Friends of American Art, and contributions from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the City of Orlando, the Clive Foundation, A Friendsʼ Foundation Trust, Bank of America, the Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation, Rita and Jeffrey Adler Foundation, Walt Disney World Company, the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign, Williams Family Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, UCF Foundation, Advent Health, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, CNL Charitable Foundation, Hunter Vision, PNC Foundation, Sam Flax Art & Design Supplies, Sun Trust Foundation, and anonymous donors.


This will be a dual opening at both the Mennello Museum and OMA

– shuttle between museums will be provided.

Public Reception
Friday, September 20 | 5:30–8:30 pm

Free for members | $15 for Guests


PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

http://bit.ly/Steichenimages

Gloria Swanson

Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924, Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Grace M. Mayer, 1989 (1989.1056). © 2019 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Art Resource

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through September 1, 2019:

Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

2019 CALL FOR ARTISTS

DEADLINE for SUBMISSION – August 31, 2019.

This Call for Artists is open to all artists of the City of Orlando, Orange County, Osceola County, Lake County, and Seminole County (must have resided here from July 2018 – May 2020). It is not open to students or previous Our Orlando artists. Media eligible includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, installation, film/video/digital.

About the Exhibition

The Mennello Museum will expand on the success of Our Orlando, an exhibition established to feature a diverse range of emerging local artists enlivening our City Beautiful. In 2020 MMAA will relaunch the show with a new biennial structure, bringing amplified visibility and financial support to talented artists in Orange County. As Central Florida’s population and the arts and culture scene within continue to grow, it is crucial to promote the varied contemporary artistic voices and to contextualize their work amongst one another in critical thought. Our Orlando artists selected after an application and studio visit process will be awarded a stipend prior to exhibition and on selection by curator, Katherine Navarro.

The title for the exhibition, CONSTRUCT, draws on the word’s plurality to inspire new levels of reflection. Construct can be an action of creation, shaping, and framing, displayed by artist or curator, but also a way to identify complex themes or concepts, explored within artwork and the space of the museum.


APPLICATION

There is a limit of four artwork uploads per artist, please be sure to submit the work that best fits the theme and your talents.

Application deadline: August 31, 2019, midnight
7 semi-finalists chosen: September 2019
Studio visits: September 23 – October 4, 2019
Winners announced: November 2019
Exhibition on view: May 22– September 13, 2020

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019 APPLICATION


Questions?
Contact Katherine Page-Navarro at kpagemennello@gmail.com

Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

June 7 – September 1, 2019

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to present IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ. The exhibition will be on view at the Mennello Museum from June 7 through September 1, 2019, with an Opening Reception on June 7.

This exhibition will explore Firelei Báez’s investigations on the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities within the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora and how these notions are perceived in today’s global world. Her large-scale and intricate portraits of influential individuals and mythical goddesses of Afro-Caribbean history create a contemporary narrative of a woman’s life, embracing the past, and staking her place in a universal future.

Báez is best known through her extraordinary paintings of lush landscaped-figures, intricately patterned tignons, and otherworldly bodies with striking eyes. Here, she considers the reality of ones current social and the historic construction of cultural self in America. These complex, intersectional bodies and symbols alongside large-scale portraits are painted in vibrant, swirling colors, which intermingle time and character. For Báez, “identity is malleable, negotiated,” and given strength by the female body and mythology of her being.

This exhibition is curated by Katherine Navarro, Associate Curator of Education.


Purchase TICKETS for the opening reception of IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ 

Member Preview & Opening Reception
Friday, June 7, 2019
Members only: 5:30 – 6:30 pm | Guests: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Free for members | $10 for Guests

Artist Talk & Book Signing (FREE EVENT)
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Guests: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Swirling Memories and Compounded Time: Curatorial Talk (FREE)
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Guests: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Mennello Museum Day of Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art will be hosting Day of Art again this year, and we invite elementary, middle, and high school students to come explore their creative side with us.

This year, complete your summer with a back to school art party at the Mennello Museum of American Art.  With the museum all to themselves, participants and their friends will create large scale portraits of swirling ink silhouettes, write their own poetry, and tear up books while exploring fiber arts in projects inspired by artist on display, Firelei Báez.  All of the art will be ready to take home and show off on the first day of school.

Monday, July 29th will be open registration for all Elementary aged students and Monday, August 5th will be open registration for Middle School aged participants.  High School students will have the opportunity to volunteer with these age groups, assisting the teacher while creating and inspiring alongside the younger students.  Both days activities will be led by artist, Lourdes Figueroa.  Activities will begin at 8:30AM and students will be ready for pickup at 5:30PM.

Finally, this year we will have Teen Takeover for ages 14-18 years from 12 – 4PM on Saturday, August 10th.  Teens will have the opportunity to write poetry, create ink pour portraits, and work on paper before returning to school.  This group will also have the chance to contribute to a large scale community painting as part of the program as well.  High Schoolers will be inspired by the individuality and power of the image and history portrayed by New York artist, Firelei Báez.

Elementary and Middle school sessions are $45 for Mennello Museum members, and $50 for general public.  Teen Takeover is a free event.  Registration is open and space is limited with a maximum of 15 students each day.

Educational programming at the Mennello Museum of American Art delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated and temporary exhibitions.  Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists the likes of Firelei Báez and Bo Bartlett, docent-guided tours for school-aged groups or seniors, Toddler Tuesdays, the museum’s workshops and special programming are designed to ignite personal connections to exhibitions and the exploration of art.  We endeavor to engage all individuals who come through the doors in participatory learning of the visual arts. We seek to advance their confidence in discussions around the exhibitions and inspire creativity in personal life and art making.


Sessions

Elementary Day of Art
Monday, July 29, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Middle School Day of Art
Monday, August 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Teen Takeover Day of Art
Saturday, August 10, 2019
12 – 4 PM

*For Elementary and Middle School Days, drop off begins at 8:30 am (activities begin at 9 am) with all students ready for pick up by 4:00 pm (late pickup available until 5:30 pm)


Pricing

Non-Members: $50
Members: $45

Teen Takeover: Free with registration
Mennello Museum Members must present their valid Membership card at the museum if purchasing a summer camp session in advance online.  Space is limited – early registration is encouraged.

To Register:

Elementary School

Middle School

Teen Takeover

 

Purchase Tickets Online 

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.  The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden features many artists, including world renowned Alice Aycock.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

 Opening June 7, 2019:
Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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