AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The exhibition “Matt Moulthrop: Auburn Oak, ” opening May 17 at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, will feature a large woodturned bowl created from a portion of the famed Auburn Oaks.
The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 31 and will run concurrently with a retrospective of the entire Moulthrop family, “Heartwood: Woodturned Vessels by Matt, Philip and Ed Moulthrop.” Following the exhibitions’ closings, the Auburn Oak bowl will remain on view through 2015 as part of the museum’s growing permanent collection.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A North Carolina artist is breathing new life into retired cigarette machines with Art-o-mat and the nonprofit group, Artists in Cellophane. With a $5 token and the pull of a lever, visitors to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University can purchase an original work of art and discover a new artist.
The creator of Art-o-mat, Clark Whittington, will share his effort to combine the worlds of art and commerce in a public lecture at the museum at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Music by Cullars Improvisational Rotation and tapas with cocktail service in the Museum Café will follow from 6 to 8 pm.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – During the spring membership drive March 25-28 at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, visitors can hear musical performances, engage in conversations about art, wander through the exhibition galleries, attend a membership enrollment social and, for new and returning members, receive a 10 percent discount on annual memberships.
The membership enrollment social, from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, will include a reception by Ursula’s Catering, a cash bar and music by the Scooter McGavin band on the museum’s terrace against the backdrop of outdoor sculpture. Those who sign up for membership will receive a free “Art Changes Lives” T-shirt while supplies last.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will present a select group of paintings and works on paper starting Feb. 8 that shows life on New York’s Lower East Side during the turn of the century. “Jerome Myers: Raising Hope in the New World” will be on display at the museum through May 4. An illustrated publication with essays accompanies the exhibition.
“In a career that spanned the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, Myers painted the reality he saw in the immigrant neighborhoods on New York’s Lower East Side,” said museum director Marilyn Laufer. “His subjects were children and families dressed in their best clothing at the markets, on stoops or at religious and cultural festivals.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will present a retrospective on 100 years of photography, starting Jan. 24. Featuring works by some of the leading photographers of the 20th century, the exhibition, “Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography,” will be on display at the museum through April 27.
Artist and co-curator Paul Karabinis will give a public talk Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. at the museum and will attend the opening reception and member preview Thursday, Jan. 23.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The exhibition, “Ganando La Vida (Making a Living): Images of Labor in Modern Mexican Art,” will run from Dec. 21 through April 20 at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
“For the early part of the 20th century, Mexico City was a major art center for prints, murals and easel paintings,” said Dennis Harper, the museum’s curator of collections and exhibitions. “For this exhibition, I selected images of people working, whether in commercial enterprises like burning limestone to make lime for food or stucco, or working privately spinning fibers.”