OGUNQUIT, MAINE, April 19, 2017 – The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today released the schedule for the 64th Exhibition Season opening on May 1, 2017. The season presents an innovative program that combines exhibitions, performance, installations, and presentations by scholars, historians, and artists.
Dahlov Ipcar: Creative Growth opens May 1 through June 28 in the Sculpture Gallery. This installation marks a celebration of the creative life and artistic legacy of one of Maine’s most beloved talents. The exhibition retraces Ipcar’s early achievements with a selection of original works drawn from the artist’s first solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, organized in 1939 when she was just 21 years old. Also opening the season is SALT / SEA / STONE, an exhibition of contemporary landscape photography by artist Carl Austin Hyatt, featuring works that are monumental in scale. Hyatt uses a large format view camera to create masterfully printed images rich in tonality and texture. Hyatt’s work offers a moment for contemplation, advocating for a deeper sense of communion with the landscapes he photographs.
Other highlights of OMAA’s 64th season include the July 1 opening of John Marin: On the Verge of Wilderness in the Long Gallery. John Marin arrived in Maine in August of 1914 and opened perhaps the most moving chapter in American Modernism. He would spend the next four decades finding inspiration in the tides, weather, horizons, and experiences in the state. The exhibition features twenty-five paintings made during his time along the coast and captures his sense of reverence for the natural forces at play in what he described as “on the verge of wilderness.” Will Barnet: Family Homage opens July 1 in the Sculpture Gallery. Barnet is widely associated with the most prominent figures in American Art spanning several generations and movements, from Stuart Davis and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, to James Rosenquist and Cy Twombly. Entwining figurative and abstract elements with personal and universal themes, Barnet’s practice charts an extraordinary progression through 20th Century American painting.
Beginning September 1, OMAA will present Cabot Lyford: Truth of Material. The exhibition places the artist’s sculptures alongside rarely seen works on paper. While Lyford is best known for direct carving — chiseling and cutting directly into stone and wood — this installation will also present a selection of drawings and watercolor paintings. Where direct carving exposes a harmony between material and resulting work of art, this exhibition reveals a liberating and spontaneous call and response between Lyford and his subject. Also beginning September 1, realist painter Steve Hawley, whose paintings are included in OMAA’s permanent collection as well as those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will have an exhibition of recent paintings.
In the Little Gallery, OMAA will present a series of one-month exhibitions by Maine-based artists, beginning with James Linehan: Schoodic on May 1. As it has for generations of American artists, the coastlines of Maine serve as inspiration for this series of Linehan’s dramatic landscape paintings of the Schoodic Peninsula in Downeast Maine.
Accompanying a season-long installation by artist Gary Haven Smith in the OMAA sculpture gardens, the museum will host a series of six one-day Garden Interventions beginning on May 17, 2017. The series will activate the grounds through daylong programs led by artists.
OMAA’s popular Totally Tuesday Talks series returns in 2017, beginning on June 27 with “Dahlov Ipcar’s Marvelous Menagerie,” a lecture by noted Maine art writer Carl Little. A complete list of Totally Tuesday Talks will be announced in May.
Art by the Sea, OMAA’s annual benefit auction and gala, a highlight of the Ogunquit social season, will be held Saturday, August 19 from 5-8 pm. The fun-filled evening includes live and silent auctions, entertainment, specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $125 and all proceeds benefit the Museum.
The OMAA 2017 exhibition schedule includes the following:
TRADITION AND EXCELLENCE: ART AND OGUNQUIT, 1914-1918
May 1-October 31, Barn Gallery Associates Wing
ERNEST HEMINGWAY AND HENRY STRATER
May 1-October 31, Strater Gallery
GARY HAVEN SMITH
May 1-October 31, OMAA Sculpture Gardens
DAHLOV IPCAR: CREATIVE GROWTH
May 1-June 28, Sculpture Gallery
CARL AUSTIN HYATT: SALT/ SEA/ STONE
May 1-June 28, Long Gallery
JAMES LINEHAN: SCHOODIC
May 1-29, Little Gallery
GAIL SPAIEN: SERENADE
June 1-28, Little Gallery
WILL BARNET: FAMILY HOMAGE
July 1-August 29, Sculpture Gallery
JOHN MARIN: ON THE VERGE OF WILDERNESS
July 1-August 29, Long Gallery
DOZIER BELL: LAND, SEA AND SKY
July 1-29, Little Gallery
August 1-29, Little Gallery
STEVE HAWLEY: AMERICAN REALIST
September 1-October 31
CABOT LYFORD: TRUTH OF MATERIAL
September 1-October 31
ALISON RECTOR: THE VALUE OF THOUGHT
September 1-28, Little Gallery
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
October 1-31, Little Gallery
OMAA’s 64th season is made possible with the generous support of our season sponsor, Kennebunk Savings; media sponsor, Maine Home and Design, Art Collector Maine; Totally Tuesday sponsors the Warren Memorial Foundation, That Place in Ogunquit and Smuttynose Brewing Company; exhibition underwriters, Cyrus and Patty Hagge, Crandall K. Toothaker, June LaCombe, Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Banks Gallery, Littlefield Gallery, Dana and Terry Hilt, Carole Aaron and Tim Ellis, Greenhut Galleries; foundation sponsors the Fisher Charitable Foundation, the Libra Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, the Tramuto Foundation, the Walker John Family Foundation; and sponsors Beachmere Inn, Meadowmere Resort, Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Admiral’s Inn, Colonial Inn, Barnacle Billy’s Inc, Anthony Moore Painting Conservation, LLC, and Tourist News.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, the OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. OMAA is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean.
Alison Gibbs, OMAA Marketing & External Relations Director
*Image courtesy of Robert Ipcar and Charles Ipcar