Get the Lowdown on Summer Art Shows! July 02 2016

A cyclist rides by Colleen Plumb's Thirty Times a Minute.

There’s no time like summertime to hit up the hammock and dial your busy level down to zero. Just keep this in mind: while the weather’s warming, the summer art scene has also turned up the heat. We’ve already caught wind of ten different exhibitions featuring 20x200 artists, (and there’s probably more we missed). Below, get the scoop on a few of those exhibitions, and head over to our blog for the full rundown. Don’t miss your chance to have an art-full summer! – Team 20x200

Amy Talluto, Preternatural

Amy Talluto’s solo show, Preternatural, invites you to discover beauty and intrigue in the most banal of places. Amy’s entrancing tree paintings provoke the viewer to reconsider their relationship with nature and perception.

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016

You can also catch Amy Talluto’s work in the group show CAMPSITE, which focuses on traditions and aesthetics associated with the Hudson Valley’s cultural history of summer camps. Talluto’s Beaver Lake House is a nod to the quiet introspection of afternoons spent summering in the forest. Highly personal and tinged with summer nostalgia, this exhibition is guaranteed to resonate with even the most metropolitan-minded urban dweller.

Carolyn Swiszcz, Art Up-Cycle: The Exhibition

Carolyn Swiszcz's work appears in Art Up-Cycle: The Exhibition, for which each artist was asked to add their own voice—or something they thought was missing—to the pieces they selected. This show considers discarded, unwanted art, exploring the ways in which the value of such a piece can be changed through artist intervention and recontextualization in a gallery setting.

Colleen Plumb, Thirty Times a Minute Video (Part of NEXT LEVEL FUCKED UP)

See Colleen Plumb’s Thirty Times a Minute video as part of Vanessa Renwick’s APEX exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art. Plumb’s video, included in Renwick’s NEXT LEVEL FUCKED UP, is an artist’s view of our crumbling modern world, and an examination of the inevitability of change.

Luke Stephenson, Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography

In partnership with the San Diego Zoo and in celebration of their centennial birthday, Beauty and the Beast explores photographic portrayal of animals. The exhibition features a number of Luke Stephenson's beguiling bird portraits from his An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds series.

Michelle Marie Murphy, Shimmering Schemata

Michelle Marie Murphy’s solo show Shimmering Schemata unpacks several thought provoking subjects—from consumerism, to beauty, to our relationship to the media and female identity. Murphy’s background as a government employee and conscious consumer inspires her content. Trawling the drugstore beauty aisle for products, she’s able to take the mundane and create work that inspires critical thought.

Phil Jung, Royal Hawaiian Featherwork Exhibition: Na Hulu Ali‘i

Phil Jung’s photography appears alongside historic Hawaiian featherwork at LACMA. This stunning featherwork is seldom exhibited outside of Hawai’i—today fewer than 300 of these pieces exist. Although he’s not a Hawaiian native, Jung offers an arresting look at life in the islands that beautifully compliments this rare collection.

William Powhida, Grayscale

Postmasters' group show Grayscale poses a specific question: when one sense is dulled, are the others heightened? To attempt to answer that question, the exhibited works are comprised solely of black, white, and shades of gray. William Powhida’s contribution is exclusively in grayscale—a text-based graph comparing Democratic Presidential candidates Sanders and Clinton, recalling Venn diagrams of grade school past.

Dorothea Lange, Carleton Watkins, and Ansel Adams, California and the West: Photography from the Campaign for Art

California and the West features 20x200 vintage artists Dorothea Lange, Carleton Watkins, and Ansel Adams. Spanning from the nineteenth century through the present, the exhibition delves into topics like land use, nature as a source of spiritual enlightenment, and varying portrayals of the natural world through the medium of photography.

Eadweard Muybridge, Intersections: Photographs and Video from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Intersections examines five core themes present throughout the work of Alfred Stieglitz and 20x200 vintage artist Eadweard Muybridge—movement, sequence, narrative, studio, and identity—and how these themes have inspired countless subsequent photographers. 

Walker Evans, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection

Stop by Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection to take a closer look at one of the most enduring and prevalent art genres in history: portraiture. Drawing from their archives, the Whitney sourced over 200 portraits for the exhibit, ranging in date from the early 1900s to present day and featuring a broad scope of artists, including 20x200 vintage artist Walker Evans.