Focus on Community/Arts
Chesapeake College Sponsors Cultural Bus Trip to D.C.

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2006

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased from the Chesapeake College business office.

The buses will pick up passengers in the Super Fresh parking lot in Chestertown at 7:45 a.m., Chesapeake College at 8:15 a.m., and at the Bay Bridge Park and Ride on Kent Island at 8:45 a.m. The buses are scheduled to arrive at the National Gallery of Art on the mall at 10 a.m. and will depart from that location at 3 p.m., arriving back at the college by 5 p.m. There will be four special exhibits available for viewing at the time of the trip to the National Gallery.

Selections from the Collection of Edward R. Broida: In the last 30 years, Los Angeles real estate developer Edward R. Broida assembled a collection of modern and contemporary art that is renowned for its celebration of individual creative talent. In 2005, he gave the National Gallery of Art 62 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by 23 artists. The Gallery is showcasing some of the gifts including the large trompe-l´oeil sculpture Eraser by Vija Celmins and major paintings by Philip Gunston , such as Rug. Also on view will be the Gallery´s first works by Wolfgang Laib, and abstract expressionist drawings by Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. The works encompass significant developments in postwar abstraction and representational art.

Alexandre-Louis Marie Charpentier: Although Charpentier enjoyed great success at the end of the 19th Century as a medalist and relief sculptor, his work has only recently been rediscovered by museums and collectors. An overview of his prolific career, this exhibit is the first devoted to him since his death in 1909 and draws from the largest private collection of his art. A versatile and largely self-taught artist, Charpentier experimented with a variety of materials including bronze, silver, paper and plaster. The works include a crumb brush, the artist´s self-portrait bust, intimate miniature portraits of children and medals of public figures.

Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections: Ian Woodner formed one of the foremost private collections of old master and modern drawings in the United States. The core drawings of the collection were placed at the National Gallery of Art by Woodner´s daughter in 1991, in honor of their father´s achievement as a collector. This exhibit celebrates the 15th anniversary of the arrival of the Woodner drawings at the Gallery and honors the ongoing generosity of Dian and Andrea Woodner, who have already donated many of the core drawings and have augmented the collection with additional gifts. Spanning five centuries, the show includes outstanding works by such great artists as Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso.

Constable´s Great Landscapes: English artist John Constable regarded the 6-foot landscapes that he began to paint in 1818 as his most serious and significant achievements. The exhibit will focus on these great paintings and the full-size oil sketches for them. Some of Constable´s greatest and most famous paintings are in the exhibit, including The Hay Wain, View on Stour near Dedham, The Leaping Horse and Hadleigh Castle. The catalyst for the exhibit was the recent cleaning of the oil sketch for the first painting The White Horse, which Constable showed at the Royal Academy in 1819. The cleaning of this sketch revealed nothing less than a lost masterpiece under layers of disfiguring 19th century repainting.

The Streets of New York, American Photographs from the Collection: This exhibit of some 70 photographs covers a very fertile period in American photography between the publication of Walker Evans´ American Photographs in 1938 and the release of Robert Franks´ The Americans in 1958. During these two decades several photographers working in New York profoundly changed the course of the medium. In addition to Evans and Frank, they include Roy DeCarava, Louis Faurer, Sid Grossman, William Klein, Leon Levinstein, Helen Levitt and Lisette Model. In order to capture the transitory nature of modern life, these photographers used small unobtrusive cameras and available light, and allowed their images, sometimes random in terms of subject matter, to be blurred or out of focus.

Chesapeake College students, their guests and the general public are welcome to participate in the trip. For ticket information, call 410- 822-5400, 758-1537 or 228-4360, ext. 400.

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