Lecture: Rob Evans, "Visions of the Susquehanna by American Masters"
January 30, 2008
Join us this evening for a slide lecture by painter Rob Evans, who will discuss his personal relationship to the Susquehanna and how it has affected his own painting, as well as his curatorial decisions behind the organization of the exhibition Visions of the Susquehanna: 250 Years of Painting by American Masters.
Visions of The Susquehanna
December 16, 2007
The Susquehanna River is one of the great rivers of the United States and one of the earliest to be explored. Visions of the Susquehannna: 250 Years of Painting by American Masters presents intimate and varied views of its waters and landscape by the many prominent American artists who have gravitated there to paint it over the last two and a half centuries.
Curated by painter Rob Evans, the exhibition is divided into two sections featuring historical and contemporary works, and provides a rich survey. Such celebrated American artists as Inness, Cropsey, and Demuth all captured on canvas the Susquehanna's quiet and sublime beauty and the gradual progression of development along its fertile shores. The second portion of the exhibition illustrates work by contemporary artists, including Mark Innerst, Debra Bermingham, Leonard Kosianski, and Randall Exon.
As we witness this portrait of the Susquehanna through the eyes of these artists, we gain greater insight about the delicate and evolving relationship between this scenic river valley and its inhabitants who continue to expand into it.
Annie Waldrop: I Sewed My Mother's Voice to My Tongue
October 17–November 4, 2007
In her delicately and deliberately designed found-object constructions, Waldrop examines issues that are historical, cultural, formal and psychological. The way the objects' styles and functions are combined and contrasted, and their presence in the gallery, creates a strong connection between the construction and the viewer from an emotional as well as physical standpoint.
Waldrop received her M.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and her undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design, NYC. She has exhibited widely and her work can be found in many private collections. Waldrop is well-known for her imilatary work, which has been featured in magazines, on television, and in movies.
Lecture: Mike Klinedinst "The Intersection of Cubism and the Applied Arts in Paris"
October 3, 2007
Join us for a slide lecture by designer, educator, curator, and design historian Mike Klinedinst, who will discuss the huge impact cubism has on the applied arts of architecture, furniture, and print design in the early twentieth century. The lecture accompanies the opening reception of the exhibition Paris, City of Cubism: French Art Deco Print Design.
Paris, City of Cubism: The Emergence of French Art Deco Design
October 3–November 4, 2007
One of the most important and lasting legacies of Cubism, invented by Picasso and Georges Braque during their realy years in Paris, is in Art Deco advertising of the 1920s and 1930s. This new decorative style was characterized by bold and simplified design, and was eagerly accepted by the public because of its associations ith elegant living and the heroism of the machine age. Art Deco was the first twentieth-century design style in the marketplace, and was found everywhere in the consumer goods market. This comprehensive exhibition, curated by design historian Mike Klinedinst, features many fine examples of the style in posters, magazines, printer's specimen sheets, cosmetic packaging, and other ephemera.
P-Factory: De-Centering the Center
September 5–19, 2007
The P-Factory was formed by a group of artists with the purpose of providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas about art without the meditated influence of traditional establishments of the gallery world. "It was designed", says Philadelphia-based artist and member Jacob Lunderby, "as an alternative system of communication between artists so they can react to the current activities and thoughts of their artists. Work can dry up or evaporate if the commercial world of art is the only reference for artists," says Jacob. "Art is about responding to the world." One exhibit in the College gallery will be the work of the five members of P-Factory, all of whom focus on redefining traditional modes of painting.
The One Show: 2007 Best of Advertising
September 5–19, 2007
Now in its 32nd year, The One Show is the premiere international advertising award show that has been setting the industry standard for creative excellence. Categories include print, television, radio, outdoor, innovative media and marketing, and more recently integrated branding. Twenty-five of the advertising industry's most acclaimed professionals were selected to judge this year's One Show, and winning an award is the advertising industry's equivalent to winning an Oscar. "The One Show Pencil resonates with the advertising community because it is selected by the professionals creating the most innovative work worldwide," says Mary Warlick, Chief Executive Officer of The One Club for Art and Copy. The exhibition is cosponsored by YCP Division of Art and the Ad Club of Central PA.
A special showing of award-winning television commercials will be presented by Mary Warlick on September 12, 2007 at 7pm in the Recital Hall.
Graphics by 20th Century Masters From the Cochran Collection
March 7–April 9, 2006
Although the printmaking medium was established in the Middle Ages, it was during the twentieth century that it was redefined and appreciated for its expensive potential. New directions in the medium were introduced by avant garde artists such as Picasso who were interested in experimentation and would lead printmaking away from commercial associations of the nineteeth century and towards a purer form of fine art. Research and experimentation led to new processes such as the linocut used by Picasso and the photo silkscreen, which was preferred by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenburg. Other printing techniques introduced in the twentieth century were monoprinting, embossing, and mixed media printmaking.
One exhibit will be examples of the printmaking medium from the collection of the Cochrans, who have amassed some of the finest examples of twentieth-century European and American graphics. The collection is all encompassing and portrays a cross section of contemporary artists ad printmaking techniques. Included are works by Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Frankenthaler, as well as examples by sculptors Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, and Alexander Calder, who are not widely known for their prints or associated with the art of printmaking.
Lecture: Dr. Pamela Hemzik "20th Century
Experiments in Printmaking"
March 7, 2006
Although it was during the nineteenth century that artists traditionally associated with painting showed an interest in printmaking, it was twentieth-century artists who began to experiment with the medium, introducing new processes and elecating printmaking to a true fine art. Focusing on the works exhibited in the gallery, this evening' slide lecture will look at twentieth-century innovations in printmaking and include a discussion of the avant grade experiments of Picasso, the invention of the collaged silkscreen by Pop artists, and current trends in the medium.
Pictures of the Floating World: Japanese Ukiyo-E Woodblock Prints
October 5–November 9, 2005
It was during the rich cultural era of the Edo period in Japan that the ukiyo-e woodblock print was perfected as an artfom. Ukiyo-e translates literally to "pictures of the floating world", and refers to the scenes the artists depicted as tose from the fleeting, ever-changing moments that characterize popular culture. Although pictures of famous beauties, Japanese teahouss, and landscapes were part of the ukiyo-e tradition, the earliest and most popular subjects were scenes and actors from kabuki theater. These images originally functioned as posters avertis.
Lecture: George Theofiles "A Compact History of the American Poster"
October 27, 2005
One of the nation's foremost experts on poster and graphic design ephemera, George Theofiles will present a slide lecture on the history of the American poster from its eighteenth century origins up to contemporary times ad will include a discussion of advertising, patriotic propaganda, and the celebrity and film poster. Mr. Theofiles received his BFA in Graphic Design from The Maryland Institute College of Art and operates a nationally-recognized business in New Freedom, PA specializing in rare and original posters and vintage graphics. He has written several articles on poster history for Voice: AIGA Journal of Design and also authored the american Posters of WWI: A Price and Collector's Guide.
Achtung! The Impact and Evolution of German Graphic Design 1860 to 2005
September 14–November 9, 2005
Although France was the birthplace of the art poster, few realize the enormous impact that developments in German design have had on the look of today's advertising. Many technical breakthroughs associated with printing originated in Germany, beginning with Gutenburg's invention of moveable type and later the building of huge foundries needed to create the materials required for the publishing industry. This technical expertise paved the way for the invention of commercial art by German designers in the late nineteenth and eraly twentieth centuries. German graphic designers created the corporate logo, devised type styles still in use today, were the first to apply the use of photo montage in advertising, and pioneered the idea of total concept design for commercial products. One exhibit will be type specimen books, posters and poster stamps, German advertising annuals, signage, logos, advertisements, and other design ephemera from the neneteeth century through the present, with many examples by noted German graphic designers sich as Ludwig Hohlwein, Paul Renner, Lecien Bernhard, and others.
October 13–November 12, 2004
House Industries, the internationally-recognized, independent digital typeface, design and illustration studio brings its creations to the college. An exhibit of House works and a presentation by the firm's principals will highlight their unique ability to capture the forms of the past and make them relevant to today. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.
Artist's Lecture, Marc Sijan: Figurative Realism
September 29, 2004
Join us for a slide lecture by the artist on his superrealistic scultpures and the techniques he employs to achieve his dramatic results. The lecture is free and open to the public and accompanies the opening of th artist's exhibition at the College.
The Ultra Realistic Sculpture of Marc Sijan
September 29–November 7, 2004
Marc Sijan's superrealistic sculptures are "homages to humanity's fascination with its own form." Sijan, a Milwaukee-based artist, carries the tradition of figurative realism, but his approach is very modern. His style recalls the work of Greek sculptors in its bold expression of human energy and poise, but Sijan is not necessarily celebrating the ideal form. His figures are more gritty, more natural, and a tribute to real people. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, veins, and even the bald spots and blemishes are all rendered in startling detail. Sijan's work is similar to that of fellow artists Duane Hansen and John DeAndrea who also use lifelike human figures to express elements of the human condition and human relationships. But while his colleagues tend to express a kind of static existence, Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing. "I am seeking to freeze motion rather than suggest life," the artist notes. "The sculpture appears passive, but there is so much going on inside." Sijan sttempts to go beyond skin depth realism to give his works an emotional presence.
Sijan received his Bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin in 1968, and completed a Master of Science degree three years later. It was then that he began to sculpt the human figure. His work has won him recognition throughout the country, with over 40 one-person museum exhibitions throughout North America. Come take a closer look!
A York Treasure: Paintings by Molly Kinsley
August 27–September 11, 2004
Molly S. Kinsley was born in London, England on December 12, 1912, and cannot remember a time when she wasn't reading or drawing.
Coming to the United States with her parents in 1929, Molly worked as a commercial artist in NW York City and later in Philadelphia and York County. The exhibition features work spanning her career from the 1940s to the present, including her personal work depicting scenes of the place where she chose to raise her family, York County. Her love of art influenced her son and grandson, both prominent figures in the building design industry.
Artist's Lecture: David Carson
October 1, 2003
Named by I.D. Magazine as one of the top 40 influential designers, David Carson's work is known throughout the world, having been published in over 150 magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Wired. Carson launched TV commericals for Lucent Technologies and designed the worldwide branding campaign for Microsoft. Other clients include MTV, David Byrne, Raygun Magazine, Surfer Magazine, Georgio Armani, and Fox Television. He also designed the packaging as well as the photography for Nine Inch Nails.
One of Carson's most recent projects is the design of a book of Marshall McLuhan's writings. The End of Print, Carson's book co-authored with Lewis Blackwell, is the biggest selling graphic design monograph of all time, selling over 200,000 copies. Other books include 2nd Sight, Fotografiks (with Philip Meggs), and Trek. He lectures at various professional symposiums, including Designer As Editor at the Design Institute in Amsterdam.
Carson has had various one-man exhibitions of his work worldwide, and is a firm believer in the importance of intuition in one's work. Carson remains a hands-on designer, keeping his office small and mobile. A versatile designer whose influence has been widely felt, Newsweek rightly declared that Carson has "changed the public face of graphic design." Come be inspired by this talented and prolific designer's work and experience.
Lecture: Dr. Doris Schattschneider "M.C. Escher: Capturing Infinity"
October 22, 2003
M.C. Escher was fascinated by the challenge of capturing in visual metaphor one of the most central, yet most absract concepts of existence: infinity. Escher explored various means to capture infinity with a finite number of figures, depicting closed loops and carving sperical surfaces. In his famous tesselations, interlocking creatures can repeat (in theory) infinity often, filling the infinite plane. He also devised ingenious ways to create infinite streams of figures that diminish in size as they approach a vortex or boundary. This slide lecture will examine many of Escher's works that attempt to capture infinity and discuss the many kinds of geometry that this "math anxious" artist employed to achieve his desired effects.
Doris Schatschneider received an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Her dual interest in geometry and art led naturally to the study of tiling problems and the work of Escher. She has lectured widely and authored many scholarly articles on both geometric and artistic subjects. She is coauthor of a book and collection of geometry models: M.C. Escher Kaleidocycles (1987), and author of the book Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings and Related Work of M.C. Escher (1990), which received research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A second edition, published by Harry Abrams, is forthcoming. She is editor of a book of 42 articles and CD-ROM, M.C. Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration (2003), which grew out of the Rome-Ravello congress celebrating Escher's 1898 birth.
Lecture: Jeffrey Price "The Magic and Mastery of M.C. Escher"
September 17, 2003
Join us for a visual exploration of the fascinating and perplexing artowrk of one of the 20th century's most popular printmakers. M.C. Escher, who died in 1972, was best known for his woodcuts and lithographs that show realistic illusions and puzzles in perspective. In this illustrated lecture, the well-known M.C. Escher gallerist and curator of the exhibition Infinite Realities, Jeffrey Price, shares stories and commentary abut these extraordinary pictures and unravels some of the mysteries of Escher's wonderfully contradictory universe.
Infinite Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher
September 17–November 1, 2003
World-famous Dutch artist M.C. Escher spend his life exploring the complex world of perception and how to express in visual form one of the most puzzling and elusive concepts in human thought: infinity. His themes included impossible figures, optical illusions, and complex patterns of nature suggesting infinite planes of repeating forms. On view in the gallery will be the original prints Escher himself made, including his well-known lithograph Relativity, showing the ever-winding staircase and Puddle that depicts reflected skies and trees, what Escher called "reversals of reality." Ringsnakes, Escher's final woodcut that sums up his life's work and his approaches to infinity will also be shown. The centerpiece of the show will be the artist's 13-foot long masterpiece of remarkable imagination, Metamorphosis II, depicting bees, birds, and reptiles changing into geometric shapes and architectural forms.
Also included in this unique exhibit will be tools from Escher's own studio, as well as an actual litho stone and woodblocks carved by the artist to create his prints. In addition, a special feature of the exhibition will be the work from a less-familiar period of Escher's life when the artist traveled the hilltowns of Tuscany and the Amalfi coastline to create his prints. It was then that he began to explore many of the ideas regarding infinite planes he would develop in his mature style. Artists, mathematicians, crystallographers, psychologists, and people of all ages will appreciate this quiet artist who worked alone in his studio for most of his professional life. Infinite Realities is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Esher's art ever assembled, and after its presentation at York College the collection will travel to Athens, Greece in 2004 for permanent display in a new museum, The Experience in the Visual Arts.
Artist's Lecture, Robbie Conal: Art Attack: The Midnight Politics of a Guerrilla Posterer
October 9, 2002
Join us for a lecture by West Coast artist Robbie Conal, who makes satirical paintings of bureaucrats, political figures, and social issues first as oil on canvas then transforms them into offset litho posters. He then plasters the posters onto construction wal sites and other surfaces in major cities across the United States. "This allows me to put art in unexpected spaces. My art is for the people who don't have the power," says Conal. This event is co-sponsored by the AIGA of Baltimore and the York College Art Division.
Lecture: Jeff Koons
September 25, 2002
Join us for a lecture given by artist Jeff Koons at the opening of his exhibition at York College. He will speak about his life as an artist, works in the exhibition, as well as current work.
Koons has received numerous awards and recognition for his work and cultural achievements. In 2001 President Jacques Chirac of France appointed him to the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his ongoing contributions in tightening the cultural links between France and the United States. The artist also recently received the BZ Cultural Award 2002 from the city of Berlin, Germany and the 2002 Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and he will be the first recipient of the Global Vision Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Jeff Koons: Embrace Your Past
September 25–November 6, 2002
Bad boy of the art world, Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. Although he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, he began working as a Wall Street commodities broker before turning to work as an artist. During the 1980s he became internationally known for his interest in apprapriation, parody, and the commercialization of the modern world.
Influenced by Pop artists, but less critical of unabashed consumerism, Koons' work celebrates elements of life that are both glamourous and banal. Koons' familiar topiary puppy has appeared at sites such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and Rockefeller Center in New York City. This piece, both a sculpture and a vase, is consistent with Koons' playful relationship to art and functionalilty. Puppy is both a whimsical pleasure and a serious piece of sculpture.
The exhibition at York College will feature approximately 30 works by Koons dating from 1986 to 2002 that were produced as multiples, such as his well-known porcelain Puppy Vase, works in stainless steel and prints from his Easyfun series. They all reflect his interest in domestic products, kitsch, advertisements, and his joyous endorsement of narcissism and conspicuous consumption.
Sunlight and Shadow: American Impressionism 1880-1930
April 7–March 19, 2002
When Claude Monet began painting in what is now known as the Impressionist style, he was seeking to depict a moment in time. Little did he imagine that he was actually creating a century-long movement that would ignite the imagination of artists from France and the rest of Europe to America. Among those artists who first respond to this new style in the United States were those in New England. Sunlight and Shadow casts new light on a number of eminent Impressionists who worked there during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Lecture: Michael Klinedinst, Graphic Design Historian "Design Connections: The Bond Between Fine Art and Graphic Design"
October 24, 2001
The people of Paris were electrified by the posters of Toulouse-Lautrec, who introduced the concept of the poster as a new and exciting form of self-expression. Designer, educator, graphic design historian and collector, Michael Klinedinst talks about the genesis of advertising design and the interdependence of fine art and graphic design in advertising.
Lecture: Kathy Engle-Debes, Horticultural Specialist "Design and the Garden"
October 17, 2001
Horticulturalist and Master Gardener Kathy Engle-Debes will discuss how design principles such as color, texture, and light are uded in the gardening world. Engle-Debes is Lab Assistant at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Advisor to the Penn State Trial Gardens, York County.
Film: The Films of Charles and Ray Eames
October 10, 2001
The husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames are among the greatest of 20th century designers, recognized for their contributions to architecture, furniture, and industrial design. Their many interests extended to filmmaking, creating dozens of short films on subjects as diverse as toy trains, mathematical and scientific concepts, to the world of Benjamin Franklin. Their most famous films, Power of Ten, explores the concept of relative size. Beginning at a lakeside picnic, the viewer is transported every ten seconds towards the edge of the universe, and then back again, to the molecules within the hand of the sleeping picnicker. Films to be shown this evening include: Power of Ten, A Rough Sketch, Fiberglass Chairs, SX70, IBM Mathematical Peep Shows, Copernicus, and others.
Lecture: David Moss, Surface Pattern Designer "Competing With Nature: Design for Interior Surfaces"
October 3, 2007
David Moss designs tectural surface patterns for manufacturers of wallcoverings, laminates, and flooring. His talk will explore the visual technical, and functional challenges presented by this design specialization. This genre of design will also be examined in the context f the general design principles applicable to all visual disciplines. Moss is Associate Professor of Art at Pennsylvania School of Art & Design.
Lecture: Peter Danko, Furniture Designer "Innovations in Green Design"
September 19, 2001
Danko, past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, speaks about his life as a furniture designer and his search for environmentally sound solutions at Danko/Persing Enterprises of Ren Lion, Pennsylvania.
The Furniture of Peter Danko: The Art and Craft of Green Design
September 16–October 28, 2001
Peter Danko has dedicated hs career as a contemporary furniture designer to seeking solutions to design problems that conserve natural resources. Using bent plywoods and other non-traditional materials introduced by avant-garde designers Alvar Aalto and Charles Eames, Danko is one of the few designers working today creating forms that are both beautiful and environmentally friendly. His furniture can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
The Art of Advertising 1890-1935
September 16–October 28, 2001
Many consider the years 1890 to 1935 to be the Golden Age of advertising, when graphic designers were often first trained as fine artists. Influenced by styles such as Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Surrealism and Futurism, as wel as Bauhaus aesthetics, graphic designers created placards, posters, brochures, and magazines expressing the modernist spirit. This is a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive collection of actual graphic design ephemera from a private collection.
On the Road with Thomas Hart Benton: Images of a Changing America
February 6–April 2, 2000
Thomas Hart Benton is a widely recognized American painter, muralist, printmaker, illustrator, who first attained prominence during the 1920s and 1930s as an artist, teacher, critic, writer, and outspoken art world personality. By 1934 when he was selected to be the first artist featured on the cover of Time magazine, he has become one of the most recognized artists in America. Benton's art was inspired by his early campagin travels with his father, who was elected to Congress as a Populist in 1897, as well as the artist's own conviction that the nation was sacrificing it's own unique regional culture and history in its rush to become a new, modern society. This traveling exhibition of over 70 drawings and paintings illustrates how Benton set out to capture the essence of contemporary America. The exhibit was organized by the Morris Museum of Art and is on loan from the Benton Trust.
Art of The Eye II: An Exhibition on Vision
November 14–December 12, 1999
The College is pleased to cooperate with the York County Blind Association to bring this unique traveling exhibition of over 40 works of art exploring the dimensions of vision impariment through the eyes of contemporary American artists who are visually impaired. The exhibition features a variety of media by artists who have impairments such as monocular vision, diabetic retinopathy, double vision, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. Each work reflects the disability of the artist and illustrates how "inner vision" serves the artist. "The works in this exhibit were selected for their quality and ability to effectively communicate personal experiences about the positive influences impairments have on the creative process," says curator Scott Nelson, a sculptor who is also vision-impaired. Historically, visual disorders have affected many famous artists, including Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, and Edgar Degas. Also on display at the campus gallery will be the works of local tactile artists, whose works visitors are encouraged to touch.
Farm to Factory: Images of Industry in York County, A celebration of the 150th Anniversary of York County
September 26–October 24, 1999
The history of York County is in many ways about agriculture and industry. Among the county's first residents were skilled artisans and craftsmen as well as many small farmers. Throughout the county's 250 years farming and light industry have remained the cornerstone of the local economy. Farm to Factory, an exhibit entirely researched and designed by York College students, examines elements of this unique story, celebrating York County's 250th anniversary.
Re-Fused: The Junk of Leonard Streckfus
February 8–March 15, 1998
"Even the most painstaking piece of craft does not deserve to be called art unless it involves a leap of the imagination." -H.W. Hanson, A History of Art. The leap of imagination is present everywhere in the sculpture of Baltimore artist Leonard Streckfus who uses cast-off objects as his inspiration, whether it be the motorcycle helmet used for one of the dolphins gracing the entrance to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, or the gently curving wooden chair legs that make up the head of one of his recent horse Hybrids. Each sculpture is crafted from carefully-selected junk objects, and thus transformed into striking animated entities.
Illusions of Light: The Glass Sculpture of Christopher Ries
February 8–March 15, 1998
One of the most important glass sculptors working today, Christopher Ries uses blocks of pure, clear lead crystal cast at Schott Glass Technologies of Duryea, Pennsylvania, where he is Artist-in-Residence. Some of his works are the largest whole, unassembled peices of sculptred crystal known. The art of Christopher Ries is deceptively simple in form but complex in expression as it engages each viewer in an ever-canging world of images.
The Graphic Art of Peter Twining Hoffer: Recent Block Prints
October 12–December 7, 1997
Inspired by modern masters like Matisse, Picasso, and Miro, and their links to Surrealism, artist Peter Hoffer takes the traditional block print to new levels of sophistication and excitement by way of rich color schemes and evocative use of shape and line.
Esther Mahlangu and the Art of the Ndebele
October 12–December 7, 1997
Dynamic designs and brilliant color characterize the paintings and beadwork of internationally known South African artist Esther Mahlangu. Nicknamed the "First Lady" of Ndebele art, Esther has been credited with keeping traditional South Afriacan art forms alive during the Apartheid era. On exhibition are examples of her finely-crafted beaded objects, many of them created for ritual use among the Ndebele, as well as her geometric paintings which are based on the unique and colorful wall murals of her homeland.