Wednesday, August 23, 2017


European Galleries
The Miseries of Human Life and Other Amusements

Through November 26

Thomas Rowlandson’s wickedly humorous Miseries of Human Life, like the popular book that inspired it, catalogued the “petty outrages, minor humiliations, and tiny discomforts that make up everyday human existence.” This installation includes not only examples from the published books, but a rare selection of unpublished drawings that relate to the series and serves as a complement to our current exhibition of Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum.

Museum Travel Program
Travel to Honolulu this Winter

This winter, take a deep dive into Oahu’s vibrant art scene and gain an insider’s view of the island’s art, history, architecture, gardens, and culture with Museum curator Zoe Kwok. Destinations include the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Bishop Museum as well as special visits to private collections, artists’ studios, and breathtaking Hawaiian gardens. Learn more today!

In the Classroom

Seeing to Remember

This past spring, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, assistant professor in the departments of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, introduced a new course that drew on a growing corpus of art from the Museum’s collections that documents slavery and interprets historical narratives. Read more about the course, Seeing to Remember: Representing Slavery across the Black Atlantic.”

Contemporary Galleries
The Language of Portraiture

Through September 17

Explore the translation of gestures and poses of bodies into conversations about cultural, social, and political topics in this themed installation of contemporary art. Highlighting artists such as Troyin Ojih Odutola and Bill Viola, both of whom capture the contrasting expressions within the same person, the installation offers a variety of perspectives through portraiture from Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and Mexico.

Weekend Programming
Highlights Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Discover the Art Museum’s globe-spanning collections by taking a Highlights Tour, offered free of charge every weekend afternoon. Tours meet at the Museum entrance.

CREDITS: Thomas Rowlandson, Gentleman Drinking from a Jug, undated. Graphic Arts Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections, Firestone Library. Gift of Dickson Q. Brown, Class of 1895; Carrie Mae Weems, House/Field/Yard/Kitchen (detail), from the series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund. © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Toyin Ojih Odutola, Birmingham, 2014. Museum purchase, Felton Gibbons Fund. © Toyin Ojih Odutola, image courtesy of Tamarind Institute