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Friendship. Nature. Culture. 44 Years of Daimler Art Collection

Works from the collection 1920-2021

Our anniversary exhibition is Friendship. Nature. Culture. 44 Years of the Daimler Art Collection‹ looks back on the development of an internationally renowned corporate collection. From over 3,000 artworks in the collection, founded in 1977, about 100 works by ca. 70 artists have been selected. In a broad sense, relating to contemporary phenomena in the context of friendship, nature, and culture, the artistic works from a period of 100 years form networks and explore the interplay between art and human coexistence.

 

Curator:

Renate Wiehager

Head of the Daimler Art Collection

Digital Breath: Video and Sound Art in the Age of Global Connectivity

For this timely exhibition, guest curator and multimedia artist Brian C. O’Malley brings together the work of 7 artists with fresh and diverse perspectives exploring the theme of “breath” during the era of COVID with compelling video and sound art works.

Virtual Discussion @ the Smithsonian

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6 – 7 pm
Join the Curator:  A Conversation with Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (virtual)

This fall, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, artist and scholar Annu Palakunnathu Matthew sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of that conflict through her recent work based on archival photographs of Indian soldiers. Join the artist, along with curators Asma Naeem and Carol Huh, for a discussion on the incompleteness of our historical narratives and the political dimensions of historical forgetfulness. T
 
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is a multimedia artist, photographer, and professor of art at the University of Rhode Island. She has also served as director of the Center for the Humanities and as Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence and Peace Studies. She is represented by the gallery sepiaEYE in New York City.  
 
Asma Naeem is the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and is a specialist in American art and contemporary Islamic art. She was previously associate curator at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  
 
Carol Huh is curator of contemporary art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Huh focuses on current artistic production related to Asia through exhibitions, acquisitions, and public programs.

Images from top clockwise: Artist experimenting with crystals courtesy David H Wells. 
Lt E C Joshua and Flt Lt Arjan Jethanand Mirchandani. 

Former Glory

The American flag is an icon of patriotism, imbued with authority and cultural significance. This exhibition of works created in a range of media considers the American flag in the context of our time. As a representation of national identity, the flag purportedly encompasses a diversity of people, but it has also been used to substantiate the idea of American exceptionalism. Spanning more than 150 years, Former Glory questions our emotional connections to the flag and explores its presence in domestic and international communities. Humorous, violent, critical, and sentimental, these varied works acknowledge and reflect on American nationalism and our complex histories.

MFA Boston Spotlight talk

Come hear me speak about my work in the exhibition (un)expected Families @ MFA Boston on April 21 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Reclaimed Baggage @ Northern Illinois University Art Museum

Public Reception:  5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, NIU Art Museum

curated by Nr

curated by Nirmal Raja

A Photographic Journey of Parallel Histories

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew will present her photo-based artwork, which is a striking blend of still and moving imagery. Her larger work draws on archival photographs as a source of inspiration to examine concepts of memory, cultural assumptions, and national identity. Some of her work explores the powerful appeal of family photographs and how they shape identity and memory. Matthew uses the medium of photography to challenge the distance between past and present and the separation between fact and fabricated history.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Zimmerli Museum of Art

Bodies in Water @ Decordova Museum

From the moment of inception, our bodies are immersed in water. Our connection to this essential element is primordial, as it is crucial for all forms of life. Instinctively we immerse ourselves in water for cleaning, relaxation, and entertainment. Yet, water is becoming scarcer in certain places and overwhelming in others.

Access to it, and protection from it, present some of the most pressing social and economic concerns today. The work in this exhibition, drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, captures the many creative ways photographers have explored the human body in relation to water. Showing the physicality of the flesh and the fluidity of water, these images remind us both of the origins of life and our dependence on water for existence.

Artists in this exhibition include David Armstrong, Shimon Attie, Karl Baden, Stephan Brigidi, Paul D’Amato, Susan Derges, Chris Enos, Dore Gardner, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russel Hart, David Hilliard, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mary Mattingly, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John O’Reilly, Melissa Ann Pinney, and Edward Weston.

Organized by Martina Tanga, Koch Curatorial Fellow.

Nights at the PRC

Host. To coincide with exhibition of “Race, Love, and Labor” from Center for Photography at Woodstock.