Enfolded: Dialogues of Vision and Voice
September 22 – November 24, 2013
MU!, Dobree Adams, Handwoven Wool
Presented in partnership with the WILLIAM C. H. GRIMM, JR. AND PHYLLIS R. GRIMM CHARITABLE TRUST
From their separate worlds, their life together on a Kentucky River farm north of Frankfort, their travels and their common interests, weaver/ photographer Dobree Adams and poet/publisher/book designer Jonathan Greene have forged a unique multi-faceted collaboration of vision and voice. The Main Gallery exhibition Enfolded: Dialogues of Vision and Voice will feature the tapestries and photographs of Dobree Adams intertwined with Jonathan Greene’s poems.
Koi Pond, Dobree Adams, Archival inkjet print
Adams, long recognized as one of Kentucky’s finest contemporary fiber artists, has had exhibitions of her work in Japan and New York. Her one of- a-kind tapestries are hand woven from handspun yarns in the natural colors of the Lincoln Longwool sheep as well as yarns that have been hand painted in the skein using a Japanese brush. For 20 years she raised and exhibited a prize-winning flock of Lincolns, one of the oldest British breeds and renowned for the length, strength and luster of its wool.
Adams’ work has been included in the Evansville Museum’s “Mid-States Craft Exhibition” four times and received awards twice. Since 2003, she has also exhibited her photography and is one of the co-founders of the Kentucky Women Photographers Network.
In the placid pondclouds float, koi glide.Throw in some feed,the pond seethes.— Jonathan Greene
Greene, author of over 30 books, is the publisher of Gnomon Press, a small press specializing in literature and photography. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Federation of State Arts Agencies, and two grants from the Kentucky Arts Council. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in scores of magazines and journals, including The Merton Annual, Quarterly Review of Literature, and The American Literary Anthology.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara:
A Mid-Century Dream Home
September 29 – December 8, 2013
The Evansville Museum will host a nationally touring exhibition on the work of the internationally known American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) in the Old Gallery.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home is the story of how a young couple from Lafayette, Indiana and a world-famous architect worked together to build what was, for John and Catherine Christian, truly their dream home. It is also the story of how the family continued to honor the architect’s vision long after his death. They named their home “Samara,” which is derived from a winged, or whirligig, seed. The house is still a work in progress today.
Dr. John E. and Catherine (Kay) Christian, a Purdue University professor and his wife, had followed and admired Wright’s work and they were sure they wanted him to design their dream home. But with a limited budget, was their project too small for such a renowned figure? It took some convincing, but following a series of memorable meetings between 1950 and 1952 and after a flurry of correspondence, Wright accepted the commission. He suggested one of his Usonian designs. First conceived by Wright in the 1920s, the Usonian house (an abbreviation for “United States of North America”) was meant to be a modest-sized, environmentally sensitive dwelling affordable to middle class families.
Told through the juxtaposition of original objects and furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video footage, Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home explores the creation of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Indiana through the eyes of clients who spent more than 50 years fulfilling the architect’s Usonian vision.
In 1954, Frank Lloyd Wright said, “I believe a house is more a home by being a work of art.” How does one live in a work of art? Museum visitors will experience the process of building and living in a home designed by America’s greatest 20th century architect. The exhibition also explores how the home and its furnishings exemplified Wright’s philosophies about the relationship between architecture and nature, ranging from the extensive use of windows and terraces to the origins of the design motif of the samara seed.
This family-oriented exhibition will consist of over 117 works including furnishings, photographs, drawings, family memorabilia and interactives, such as large, colorful stacking wooden blocks so visitors can mimic the Samara elevation and floor plan in their own block model.
This exhibition is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.