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

Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

WYE MILLS - Chesapeake College is sponsoring a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 30. 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.

Jasper Johns – An Allegory of Painting: The early career of Jasper Johns had an immense impact on the subsequent development of advanced art – pop, minimal, process, conceptual, and performance genres, among others – in the United States and Europe. This exhibition of some 80 objects from the first decade includes a number of Johns´ most important paintings, drawings and prints, such as "Target with Plaster Casts" and "Diver". The exhibition will trace the unfolding relationship of four specific motifs: the target, the mechanical device, the naming of colors and the imprint of the body. Through specific sequences of work, it will present Johns´ early period as one devoted to examining and reinventing the premises of painting during an era when painting practice was riddled with conceptual upheaval and doubt. Works for this exhibition will be drawn from private and public collections in the United States and Europe.

States and Variations of Jasper Johns: The focus of this exhibition is "First Etching, 2nd State", a portfolio of 13 prints by Johns that was published in 1969. It includes a title page and two versions each of six motifs. Also featured are prints and two sculpture reliefs, made before an dafter the 1969 portfolio, presenting variations on the six motifs. In addition, annotated working proofs and trial proofs selected from the National Gallery of Art´s recent and ongoing acquisition of Johns´ personal collection.

Eugene Boudin at the National Gallery of Art: In honor of the centennial of Gallery benefactor Paul Mellon´s birth, a special exhibition of 40 paintings and works on paper by French impressionist Eugene Boudin (1824-1898) has been organized, based on the Gallery´s extensive collection of works by the artist, one of the largest and most distinguished in this country, acquired largely through gifts from Mr. And Mrs. Paul Mellon. Small-scale paintings of tourists at fashionable Normandy resorts, a suite of six 1858 graphite drawings of the rural Brittany coastal region, carefully worked studies of terrain devoted to shipping and agrarian pursuits are among the works presented.

Paris in Transition: Drawing upon the significant holdings of the National Gallery of Art in 19th and early 20th century photographs of Paris, this exhibit celebrates the visual riches of the city. Beginning with early photographs made in the 80402 and 1850s by William Henry Fox Talbot, Gustave Le Gray, Charles Negre and others, the exhibition highlights the central role Paris Played in the emergent French school of photography. Photographs by Charles Marville, Louis-Emile Durandelle and others illuminate the urban transformation of Paris under Napoleon III. The gallery´s strong collection of photographs by Eugene Atget reveals the photographer´s uncanny eye for the details of daily Parisian life.

Italian Drawings from the Hammer Collection: This selection presents Italian drawings throught the centuries, rnaging from suh High Renaissance masters as Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael though Tiepolo and other 18th century artists. The Armand Hammer collection of old master and modern drawings consists of more than 50 works by some of the great draftsmen of all time.

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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