Before iPhone: Photography by Paul Sokal
Mar
29
to Aug 11

Before iPhone: Photography by Paul Sokal

 Paul Sokal,  Phone Before iPhone , 2017, digital print

Paul Sokal, Phone Before iPhone, 2017, digital print

Award-winning photographer and physician, Dr. Paul Sokal MD, explores the rapid pace of technological change through large format color photographs of the relics of once-revolutionary products now replaced by cell phones. According to Sokal,

“As our world becomes increasingly complex and technology dependent, I am often drawn back to my mid-century childhood when the world at least seemed simpler. The small, everyday artifacts of that time have become talismans, able to conjure up memories like capturing images on film and later discovering the outcome in the darkroom.”

In this series, Sokal transforms early technological into icons of a bygone era by creating larger than life digital images of telephones, slide-rules, alarm clocks and other obsolete everyday objects. 



This exhibit is part of the ART + SCIENCE = WONDER exhibitions on view Summer 2018.

“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.”    Albert Einstein

Summer 2018 The Grace Museum presents a series of exhibitions and programs designed to explore the synergy between visual art, science, math, and technology.  Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects, materials, and methods have different traditions, but the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same.  One of the most primitive innate 'needs' of humans is to understand the world around us, and then share that understanding. Both artists and scientists strive to 'see' the world in new ways, and communicate that vision. When scientists and artists communicate their insights successfully, the rest of us suddenly 'see' the world differently.

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Deliberate Distraction: Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby
Apr
28
to Aug 11

Deliberate Distraction: Shawn Smith and Rusty Scruby

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The common misconception that art and science are so vastly different, that they never overlap, is discredited by two contemporary artists, Rusty Scruby and Shawn Smith, whose work proves that the union of these two disciplines, like the brain’s neuropathways between our right (artistic) and left (analytical) hemispheres, is the sweet spot known as creativity.

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Divine Order: Conan Chadbourne
Apr
28
to Aug 11

Divine Order: Conan Chadbourne

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Conan Chadbourne studied mathematics and physics at New York University and has worked in experimental physics research, digital imaging and printing, graphic design, and documentary film production. His work is motivated by a fascination with the occurrence of mathematical and scientific imagery in traditional art forms, and the frequently mystical or cosmological significance found in such imagery.

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History of Cameras Before the iPhone
May
25
to Oct 20

History of Cameras Before the iPhone

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We have captured the rapid changing world through the lens of a camera since the mid-nineteenth century. From early daguerreotypes to digital smartphones, photography has advanced just as quickly as the society that utilizes these cameras to capture history’s most significant events to everyday life.  This exhibition includes various cameras, tools, and instruments to illustrate the evolution of cameras and photography throughout our history.

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A Visual Epilogue: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert
Sep
15
to Feb 23

A Visual Epilogue: Linda Ridgway & Harry Geffert

A VISUAL EPILOGUE will be the first and last, two person exhibition of drawings and sculpture by two contemporary artists who worked together in life and in the studio for decades. The original concept for the exhibition has been transformed by the November 2017 tragic, sudden death of Harry Geffert.  A selection of Geffert’s recent sculpture and new drawings by Ridgway will be a celebration of their life and work. 

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Skyline Maker: The Architecture of David S. Castle
Nov
6
to Jul 18

Skyline Maker: The Architecture of David S. Castle

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This exhibition will highlight the career of Abilene architect David S. Castle. As one of the most significant and prominent architects in Abilene and the Big Country in the early to mid-1900s, David S. Castle designed and built hundreds of schools, residential buildings, hotels, medical buildings, municipal buildings, churches, recreational buildings, and courthouses.

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Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas
Jun
1
to Jul 6

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

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The Grace Museum will present “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas,” an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Citizens at Last” is made possibly in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Remembering Roy Helen
Sep
26
to Mar 17

Remembering Roy Helen

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Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers was not only the “Life of the Party”, she was a businesswoman, a columnist, a mother, a wife, and a supporter of many of the charitable organizations in town. Her legacy will make a lasting impression on the community. This memorial to Roy Helen not only celebrates her colorful life, but also reveals a woman before her time – she began working in the 1940s, continued until she retired at 65, and then tirelessly volunteered her time in various capacities.

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FROM THE COLLECTION Josef Albers
Sep
15
to Jan 6

FROM THE COLLECTION Josef Albers

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Josef Albers (1888-1976) was an American-German artist best known for his iconic color square series, Homage to the Square, which he began in 1949 and major contributions to color theory.  In 1981 Mr. and Mrs. Tony Andress gifted this set of ten lithographs from Albers’ 1965 series Homage to the Square, Soft Edge - Hard Edge to the Abilene Fine Arts Museum.  This is the first time the full set of prints has been exhibited at the museum. 

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Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW
Sep
15
to Feb 10

Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW

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“In 2004, I quit my day job as a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance and fine art photography. Day one of being self- employed, I drove to Marfa with my future husband, our two dogs and my red Hasselblad and a bunch of film.  I took the opportunity to slow down, wait for the light and make photography. I have continued photographing Marfa and surrounding West Texas towns over the years as an ongoing study of the landscape and light. I love trying to capture the slow desert pace and the mythical light.” -  Allison V. Smith

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At Play: Children's Clothing and Toys
Apr
3
to Feb 24

At Play: Children's Clothing and Toys

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Children’s clothing trends transformed over time similarly to fashion trends for adults. However, the clothing tended to be a little more practical than adult clothing throughout history. The current exhibition, At Play: Children’s Clothing and Toys in the History Gallery at The Grace, highlights a few of these early clothing styles and changes during the early twentieth century. Visitors can also see various toys and paintings from the same era in this exhibition, all from the permanent collection at The Grace Museum.

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As Is Rural Realism
Mar
25
to Aug 12

As Is Rural Realism

Identifiable subjects are only part of the enduring allure of realism.  Each generation of realist artists brings new subjects, new media, and new viewpoints to the genre. The AS IS: rural realism exhibitions feature the art of contemporary realists who focus on off-road subjects to create unique ways of seeing just how significant the seemingly insignificant can be.  Following the lead of earlier American realists who shunned romanticized views of their world, artists Randy Bacon, Daniel Blagg, Julie Bozzi, Lloyd Brown, Brian Cobble, Pat Gabriel, Woody Gwyn, Katie Maratta, and Sarah Williams draw on personal experience to capture current rural landscape AS IS.  

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Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy
Sep
24
to Mar 11

Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy

The history of Texas as a unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican and Anglo-American traditions will be the focus of five related exhibitions on all three floors of The Grace Museum tracing early Spanish exploration and colonization of Texas, Spanish missions and presidios, the vaquero tradition as well as Mexican, Native American and Anglo-European lasting contributions to Texas culture.

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Spanish Legacy in Abilene
Sep
23
to Aug 12

Spanish Legacy in Abilene

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The growth of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans/Hispanics in Abilene can be attributed to the need for workers for the growing town of Abilene. Today, Hispanics are a very important group in Abilene and contribute greatly to the community as business owners and educators, as professionals in the public and private sectors, and as active members in other arenas such as involvement in churches, volunteer and charitable organizations, and the arts.

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Home Coming
May
3
to Aug 13

Home Coming

Selected paintings and works on paper from The Grace Museum’s permanent collection will be featured in the second floor galleries. The old adage, home is where the heart is, is evident in the rural scenes created by American Regionalists, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood who created optimistic views of the American heartland during the Great Depression.  READ MORE...

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Menagerie
Nov
12
to Apr 2

Menagerie

Menagerie explores the many ways in which animals fascinate and frighten us with their grace, humor, strength and mystery through art. The artists and the animals that are part of this exhibition challenge us to examine our involvement in the lives of animals in the wild, at home, at play and at work. They also remind us to be mindful of the animal kingdom and the planet we all share.

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The Abstract Impulse
May
28
to Oct 24

The Abstract Impulse

Before Abstract Expressionism of New York City was canonized as American postwar modernism, the United States was filled with localized manifestations of modern art.  This unique group of paintings demonstrates veracity of The Abstract Impulse across the state during middle years of the twentieth century. The artists loosely classified as Texas Modernists pushed the boundaries and embraced The Abstract Impulse of Modernism.

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Ray and Charles Eames: Masters of 20th Century Design
May
28
to Nov 28

Ray and Charles Eames: Masters of 20th Century Design

This selection of original designs by Ray and Charles Eames, courtesy of Collage 20th Century Classics owners Abby and Wlodek Malowanczky of Dallas is a rare opportunity to view original Eames furniture designs from the 1950s, Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century.

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Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond
May
28
to Oct 24

Seymour Fogel: On the Wall and Beyond

Seymour Fogel (1911-1983) was a founding father of Texas Modernism. This long overdue solo exhibition of Fogel’s paintings during the 14 years Fogel lived and worked in Texas between 1946 and 1960 is curated as a reintroduction to his distinctive stylistic experimentations and his mastery of color and complex architectonic compositions on the wall and in the studio.

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Home on the Range
May
8
to Aug 9

Home on the Range

Summer of 2014 at The Grace Museum is a celebration of the art and history of Central West Texas, an often mislabeled 200,000+ square mile area of the Lone Star State. The region’s 22 sparsely populated counties share a 19th and early 20th century history as an important concourse for indigenous people, ranchers, farmers and merchants. Artwork by important artists who documented early impressions of the area, historic photographs, oral histories and rarely-seen artifacts from private and public collections reveal a cherished historical link to the past that still exists in the area.

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