AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present the exhibition, “Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection,” Dec. 10 through March 10.
“Promises of Freedom” features a range of works from the private collection of African-American art amassed by Arthur Primas, a Texas resident and prominent entertainment manager.
The exhibition includes 75 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by more than 30 artists and spans a period of 150 years. Highlighting artwork by Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Howardena Pindell and Hale Woodruff, among others, the exhibition illustrates the universal quest for freedom and its impediments.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will host its ninth annual birthday bash and craft fair from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9.
Local and regional artists will sell ceramics, handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, fabric art and handmade cards. Aubie will make a guest appearance at 3 p.m. to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake will be served.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will feature award-winning pianist Alina Sarkisyan, Thursday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. as part of its weekly classical music series, “A Little Lunch Music.” The performance is sponsored by friends of the museum.
Sarkisyan, now 31 and a student at Columbus State University, made her debut at age 9 playing a piano solo with the Baku Philharmonic Orchestra in Azerbaijan. As a teenager she moved to Moscow and has performed there with groups such as the International Bach Society’s Orchestra. She was a special prize winner of the Russian National Piano Competition and received a scholarship from Russia’s president. Sarkisyan earned her masters degree in piano at Gnesin’s Academy of Music.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art and the Honors College at Auburn University will host performances by the International Opera Institute at the art museum in Auburn at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7.
Based in Palm Springs, Calif., the International Opera Institute is a charitable and educational performing arts company whose mission is to “increase the awareness, appreciation and understanding of opera, as a classical art form in all segments of society, engaging in outreach programs with schools and the public.”
Under the direction of its founder and artistic director Rose Kingsley, an internationally prominent dramatic soprano, the institute presents full operas, concerts, master classes, workshops and lectures.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art has a new exhibition, “On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture and Commerce,” on view through Nov. 26 in the Bill L. Harbert Gallery.
“On the Silk Road and the High Seas” was organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla., and features more than 70 pieces of porcelain, stoneware and carved jade from the permanent collection of the Norton Museum. Through this exquisite selection of decorative arts, the exhibition highlights, both chronologically and geographically, the paths of trade, commerce and cultural exchange that developed along the ancient Silk Road. Visitors will learn about the innovations and distinctive styles that arose as a result of the bountiful cross-cultural exchange.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will open an exhibition of Haitian art, “Lespri Endonptabl: Selected Works from the Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art at the Huntington Museum of Art,” that will be on display from Aug. 20 through Oct. 29 in the Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery and the Chi Omega–Hargis Gallery.
“Lespri endonptabl,” Haitian Creole for ‘the indomitable spirit,’ is an exhibition of 32 objects produced in Haiti between 1945 and 1990 depicting themes of everyday life, landscape, flora, fauna, agriculture, folklore and Voodoo.