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Upcoming Exhibition with VR and Digital Technology, a Smithsonian Film Screening, Spark!Lab and new Fall Art Classes!
New Exhibition: Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre
On View Beginning September 16, 2022
This is the first exhibition to explore Federico
Solmi's unique process—which
combines traditional art practices and digital
technologies—through a case study of his most ambitious
video-painting to date, The Bathhouse (2020).
This monumental, 20-foot-wide, five-channel, multi-sensory video
installation depicts an excess of revelry by Leaders from across
world history in the setting of a Roman bathhouse.
Along with new works, there will be an interactive
Virtual-Reality (VR) installation, The Bacchanalian Ones (2020),
composed of three VR headsets with accompanying 3D-printed
character masks. The visitor is invited to enter the world
of The Bathhouse as one of three characters
wearing a VR headset. Manipulating hand-held controllers allows
them to embody the chosen perspective through the eyes of one of
these historical avatars.
Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre is made possible through the generous support of
the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.
Additional general operating support for the
exhibition is provided by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
We are pleased to acknowledge the Ronald Feldman
Gallery where the Morris Museum first discovered the work of
Kaki King: Modern Yesterdays
Friday, September 30, at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $30.00; Members: $25.00
“a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying
display of sound and vision” —The Boston Globe
Considered one of the most unique and influential
guitarists of our time, Kaki King continues to deconstruct and
redefine the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso
technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. Her
now-signature multi-media performance, both provocative and
moving, uses projection mapping to present the guitar as a tool
that can shape both music and video content, all triggered (and
often improvised live) via her Ovation Adamas Signature 6-String
Acoustic guitar, customized specifically for her multimedia
performance. Art, Sound, and Motion will be on full display in
this stunning display of music and video.
Face masks are required for all patrons while inside
the Bickford Theatre. This policy is subject to change at any
time. Please check back on our website or call the box office for
our current policy before your scheduled performance date. For
assistance and to make purchases by phone, call the box office
Spark!Lab New Station:
Musicon: Musical Coding and Composition
Taking the Spark!Lab's mission to heart, the
Spark!Lab ambassador team have created a new station Musicon: Musical Coding and Composition. In this
station, visitors will create music using a code in a similar
fashion to the amazing mechanical musical instruments in the
Guinness Collection. Bring your young
inventor and experience the spark of invention where learning and
play come together. Also, take advantage of the Spark!Lab
challenge, there are plenty of prizes left!
Note that the Spark!Lab will be
closed for refurbishment on September 7-13, 2022.
Spark!Lab at the Morris Museum is made possible by
leadership support from BASF Science Education in North America.
Generous support is also made possible by Gay H. Osborn on behalf
of the Blanche and George Jones Fund, Inc.
Member First Tuesday
Tuesday, September 6, 11:00 AM to
Members get exclusive access to the Museum's special
exhibitions and permanent collection. On the next Member
First Tuesday, see the popular For the Culture, By the
Culture exhibition, a group-retrospective that includes 41
works by 19 Art in the Atrium featured artists. This exhibition closes on
September 25, 2022.
Generous support for the exhibition is provided by
M&T Bank. Additional support is provided by Novartis.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Free Museum Admission with digital pass
We are thrilled to participate in Smithsonian
Magazine Museum Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Museum
visitors will receive free admission for the day. Enjoy our
special exhibitions and the Museum’s expansive permanent
collection. Make sure to see the just opened exhibition, Federico
Solmi: Joie De Vivre, that
features a Virtual-Reality (VR) installation, new work, and a
monumental, 20-foot-wide, five-channel, multi-sensory video
The Color of Care chronicles how people of color
suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed
what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the
same level of care. Produced by Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions
and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance
Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to
practices that began during slavery and continue today. Using
moving personal testimony, expert interviews, and disturbing data
the film reveals the impact of racism on health, serving as an
urgent warning of what must be done to save lives.
New Studio Art Classes
Registration is now open!
Learn new techniques or brush up on your skills in
pastel drawing, acrylic painting or explore the beautiful world
of botanical art using watercolor pencils and observational
Registration is now open for the fall season of
adult Studio Art classes. With a variety of class offerings
and a community prepared to foster creative growth, everyone has
the capacity to explore their interests in a variety of mediums
at any skill level.
Image credits (from top to bottom): Federico
Solmi, Joie De Vivre (IX), Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett,
2021, Soft pastels, white pen and ink, gouache on wood panel, 60 x 36
x 1 in. (152.5 x 91.5 x 2.5 cm); Kaki King image by Attilio Rigotti
& Kaki King; Image of Spark!Lab by the Morris Museum; Bisa
Butler, Basquiat, 2015, Mixed media; Elizabeth Catlett
(1915–2012), Seated Mother and Child, 2011, Bronze; David
Driskell (1931–2020), Woman in Interior, 2008, Silkscreen,
Photographs by Elizabeth Catlett & the Morris Museum; Smithsonian
Magazine Museum Day and Color of Care images courtesy of the
Smithsonian; Education program images by the Museum; Golf design by
the Morris Museum.