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Current Exhibitions

Diverse exhibitions change more often than the seasons as do themes of programs and events developed to enhance visitors’ experiences.

In addition to the flagship, fall Birds in Art exhibition and new exhibitions drawn from its collection, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum brings diverse artwork from all over the world in temporary exhibitions, enlivened by visiting artists during artist residencies and programs for all ages.

Also, drop in to experience the sculpture garden, and Art Park – the Museum’s interactive family gallery in the lower level.

Visit often to experience what’s new to see and do.


On View in Temporary Exhibitions

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

December 7, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Highlighting the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami, nine international artists transform two-dimensional paper into stunning, sprawling, and soaring three-dimensional sculpture. Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami encompasses artwork created using varied techniques, including dampening, stretching, folding, pleating, and twisting into forms illustrating connections between origami and mathematics. Bridging the realms of art and science, origami concepts impact architectural and computer-aided design and are reflected even in our folded DNA. These origami artworks – from floating, organic forms to conceptual book sculptures emerging from the Torah and the Koran, also explore concepts as varied as infinity, sustainable design, and world peace. Above the Fold, the first traveling exhibition to bring origami installations from around the world to North American audiences, was curated by Meher McArthur, and the tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

FaunaFold

December 7, 2019 through March 1, 2020

FaunaFold features origami creatures by artist and physicist Robert J. Lang, renowned for his complex, life-like figures of insects, birds, and beasts and considered one of the world’s leading origami masters. A pioneer of the cross-disciplinary merging of origami with mathematics, Lang consulted on origami applications to engineering designs ranging from air bags to expandable space telescopes. Two Lang artworks – a koi pond installation and a modular artwork with an infinite crease pattern – appear in Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. Lang’s work also extends into Alchemy Unfolding, the third origami exhibition on view at the Woodson Art Museum through March 1, 2020.

Alchemy Unfolding

December 7, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Alchemy Unfolding captures the delicate nature of paper folding in metal. Five sculptures by Santa Fe-based artist Kevin Box – three with collaborators Robert J. Lang and Michael G. LaFosse – capture the fragility of paper and symbolize the design potential inherent in every blank page. Box pioneered a thirty-five-step, twelve-week, lost-wax casting process using paper as the original form for casting. He uses bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel to make his sculptures, finishing the worked metal to look like paper, utilizing refined patinas that recall aged parchment.


Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

Collection Classics

September 7, 2019 – August 9, 2020
Mining the Museum’s holdings yields an array of significant and masterful works. Spanning the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries and encompassing a range of mediums from watercolor to oil and metal to wood, Collection Classics comprises work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Severin Roesen, Edward Kemeys, Paul Manship, Andrew Wyeth, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Jessie Arms Botke, Willard L. Metcalf, and others along with work by contemporary artists, including Robert Bateman, Tony Angell, Thomas Quinn, James Morgan, Terry Miller, Andrea Rich, James Coe, Walter Matia, and more.

Deceptive Surfaces

September 7, 2019 – August 16, 2020
Carved and painted with a keen eye for ornithological details that convey the behavior, personality, and coloration of birds, these decorative wood sculptures often fool the eye, appearing real. From John Scheeler’s pale-colored mourning doves to Ernest F. Muehlmatt’s North American Woodcock, these realistic sculptures seem poised for flight.

A Collection Medley

April 9, 2019 – February 16, 2020
While an avian theme unites artworks created between 1875 and 2018, the mediums and points of view will surprise and delight.

In Touch with Art: Tactile Sculpture

Debuted Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition debuts with five avian sculptures, available on a “touch table” in the Decorative Arts Gallery. This touchable artwork installation – the first in an ongoing series – provides ready access to original artwork for visitors with low vision or blindness, also encouraging sighted visitors to experience a new way to “see” via the mind’s eye – visualizing artwork through touch. A commitment to providing accessible and compelling art experiences for all inspired the tactile art exhibition with guidance from tactile sculptor Ann Cunningham. Explore touchable sculpture and the power of hands-on art appreciation.

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