40 at 40

A triptych of torn paper prints in green, blue, and yellow. Text: Celebrating 40 years. 40  at 40. Miami University Art Museum and Sculpture Park, Oxford Ohio. January 29-June 8, Farmer Gallery.

January 29-June 8, 2019

The Miami University Art Museum (MUAM) is celebrating 40 years with an exhibition highlighting the diversity of the collections, exhibitions and educational offerings over the past four decades. Just as important, the exhibition 40 at 40 recognizes contributions made by many of the donors who helped make the Art Museum what it is today. Most of the art featured in this exhibition was on display at some time since being acquired. Some donations received over the past several years are on display for the very first time. With over 17,000 objects in the Art Museum’s collection, it would take more exhibitions and programmatic offerings over many years for you to see everything.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturday Noon-5 p.m.

Related Programming

NOTE: Gallery hours are extended during any program held after 5 p.m.

Exhibition Talk

Robert Indiana and the Selfie: Image, Text, Place

Annie Dell’Aria, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History, Department of Art

Thurs, Feb 21, 5:50 p.m.

Incorporating a Robert Indiana painting owned by MUAM and the surge in popularity of Indiana’s LOVE sculptures, this talk explores how and why text populates our images of places. Indiana’s work will be woven into a discussion of visual culture, tourism, and social media to explore a broader cultural shift in the relationship between images, texts, and places from twentieth-century modernism to our present digital age. Co-sponsored by Contemporary Art Forum.

Exhibition Talk

Ellen Price on Thom Shaw

Ellen Price, M.F.A., Professor, Department of Art

Thurs, Mar 7, 5:50 p.m.

Thom Shaw was a prolific, Cincinnati-based artist best known for his challenging imagery in painting, drawing and printmaking. Shaw’s artwork explored a wide range of subject matter: urban poverty, violence, racism, his own illness, science fiction; all deeply personal to the artist. This talk will focus on Shaw’s life and work with a special emphasis on his lineage and significance as a printmaker. Co-sponsored by Contemporary Art Forum.

Exhibition Talk

The Many Ways to See One Hundred Children at Play

Michael Hatch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History, Department of Art

Tues, Mar 12, 3:00 p.m.

How does an art historical method allow us to begin to see a painting from an entirely different time and place? Taking One Hundred Children at Play, a seventeenth-century Chinese painting, as an example, we will think about the many different ways of seeing and understanding images. From iconographic explanations to feminist interpretations, from psychological questions to social histories, we will try to understand what One Hundred Children at Play has to tell us from as many perspectives as possible.

Conservation Talk

Conservation Up Close: Woman at Window

Michael Ruzga, Conservator, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wed, Apr 3, 3:00 p.m.

Cincinnati painting conservator Michael Ruzga will return to the Art Museum to speak about recent treatment to Woman at Window, an oil on canvas attributed to Dutch master and pupil of Rembrandt, Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680), that is currently featured in the 40 at 40 exhibition. Ruzga will also discuss methods and careers in the fascinating field of art conservation.

All Programs are FREE & OPEN TO ALL and held at the Art Museum (unless noted otherwise).