Archives for March 2011

Valerie Jaudon: White

April 12 – July 2, 2011
Artist’s Reception:
Thursday, April 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Valerie Jaudon was born in Greenville, Mississippi, on August 6, 1945. She studied at the Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, in 1965, as well as at the University of the Americas in Mexico City (1966-67) and at St. Martins School of Art, London (1968-69). She has been the recipient of several grants, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, (1999), a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Alabama Chapter, (1994), and a Painting Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts (1992).

Jaudon has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has recently been featured at the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (Valerie Jaudon: Paintings and Drawings, 1980-1999), and at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson (Abstraction at Work: Drawings by Valerie Jaudon 1973-1999). She has completed various public art commission, such as Long Division, for the MTA Lexington Avenue Subway, 23rd Street, New York City (1988), Reunion, at the Police Plaza / Municipal Building, New York, NY (1989), and Free Style, at the Equitable Building, New York, (1989).

Jaudon is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, and the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. She has been invited to numerous public panels, such at the DIA Center for the Arts, New York, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Jaudon lives and works in New York City.

The artwork of Valerie Jaudon is classified as Post-Minimalist Abstraction, meaning the work takes a very formal, pure approach. Valerie Jaudon: White represents Jaudon’s most recent body of work and is the culmination of decades of work.

Jaudon will be a visiting artist sponsored by the Vassar Bishop Lecture Series.

The exhibition is further enhanced by the publication of an 80-page exhibit catalog, which will be available at the museum store. In addition to images from paintings and drawings in the exhibition, the catalog contains an interview between the museum director and the artist, and is an important part of the exhibition.

Artist biography courtesy Von Lintel Gallery

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Celebrating Lafayette County African American Quilts

April 2, 2011
9:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon

Schedule of events:
9:30      gathering and refreshments
10:00    guided tour of the Gee’s Bend exhibit
10:30    Show and Tell-sharing of the local African American quilts and their stories
11:30    demonstration by Quilt Hearts
            door prizes
            fabric swap

Central and West African quilted textile art, dating back 2000 years, continues to re-emerge in African American quilts.  Something in an African American woman’s creative DNA inspires her through dream and imagination to reproduce, adapt, or innovate some aspect of her ancestral textile tradition through quilt medium.

The University Museum will host a celebration of the quilts collected by Lafayette County African American women from their mothers and grandmothers in a special event on Saturday, April 2.  In connection with the current exhibit of folk quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, we invite local women to gather for a tour of the exhibit and a special “Show and Tell” of their family heirlooms.

Planning committee member Marcia Cole said, “As we come together to share our quilts and the stories that surround them, I hope we are inspired to embrace and to celebrate our unique similarities and differences.”
Drawing on their rich heritage, African American women produce their own variations on the box or string pattern quilt designs of their ancestors, adaptations of the Euro-American patters of their white sisters, and original designs that more-than-coincidentally harken back to ancient motifs used by West African tribes.  All show a spontaneity and freedom that follows the color and design dictates of their unique spirit.

“I hope this event will mark the beginning of a new era of quilt making in Lafayette County where black and white women celebrate, share, and enjoy each other as uniquely creative, talented women,” said Ann O’Dell, member of the planning committee.
In addition to the showing and sharing of their quilt treasures, attendees on April 2 are invited to participate in a fabric swap, register for door prizes, and see a demonstration by a group of local artist quilters, The Quilt Hearts, who employ many of the same techniques as in the African tradition.

Lyn Kartiganer describes Quilt Hearts: “Quilt Hearts formed itself as a group several years ago with the purpose of making quilts to be given away through Interfaith Compassion Ministry. Our non-traditional approach—none of the members of the group had prior experience in making quilts—provides us with the opportunity to gather regularly to design quilts in fellowship and with something akin to abandon.  The Gee’s Bend quilts, with their freedom of expression, have inspired us to move even further in our design explorations.”

Quilt-related activities are also planned for children ages 5-12, free of charge.  Prior registration is requested for children attending by calling 915-7205.

The public is invited to this special event free of charge.
For more information please call  662-234-2907.

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Places We Dream of…

March 22 – June 25, 2011
Opening reception Tuesday, March 31st, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Works on paper from the permanent collection curated by Dr. Esther Sparks.








The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend documentary screening

The University of Mississippi Museum, Hattie Mae Edmonds Fund for Southern Folk Art,
and Thacker Mountain Radio present

Thacker Mountain Radio and
The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend documentary screening

March 10, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Lyric Theater 1008 Van Buren Ave.
Free Admission

Thacker Mountain Radio Line up
Author: Andre Dubus
Author: Matt Arnett
Music: John Francis
Music: Gee’s Bend
Quilter Singers

Join us after the March 10th Thacker Mountain Radio show for a free screening of the Alabama Public Television documentary, “The quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend.” This film documents the internationally-acclaimed quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Their work is currently on display in Oxford at The University of Mississippi Museum. Thacker guests, Matt and William Arnett, special guest, Lonnie Holley, and the Gee’s Bend singers will participate in a question and answer session with the audience after the screening.

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