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CRMA Celebrates Opening of Two New Exhibitions; Bruce Beasley: A New Direction, and John Beckelman: Horizon Suite

By April 3, 2019 No Comments

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) will celebrate the opening of two exhibitions with Artist Talks and an opening reception on Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM.

 

Bruce Beasley: A New Direction

April 4, 2019-October 27, 2019

Bruce Beasley is one of the nation’s foremost sculptors. Born in Los Angeles in 1939, Beasley studied at Dartmouth College and at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1961, he was included in the seminal exhibition “The Art of Assemblage” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Beasley has been involved with innovation and technology his entire career. Beasley’s Aurai were created using virtual reality. “When I put on the head gear,” Beasley wrote, “the stylus becomes an extension of my hand, and my imagination…. It is completely spontaneous.” For these collages, Beasley selects virtual reality gestures that “sing” and then prints monumental versions of these onto canvas. Beasley then studies the printed gestures and cuts them into fragments – “visual words,” as he calls them. Finally, he moves these fragments around like so many puzzle pieces, twisting, rotating, flipping, and adjusting until an arrangement becomes the wall collages on view. This exhibition is the U.S. premiere of his new Aurai series.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming have been made possible by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund. Annual educational programming support has been provided in part by Transamerica. 

John Beckelman: Horizon Suite

April 4, 2019-October 27, 2019

John Beckelman’s Horizon Suite is a group of six recently-completed three-dimensional landscapes. Using the expressive potential of clay and a variety of other materials, Beckelman’s work explores the transitional space where the sky meets the land or sea. The horizontal sweep of this space is mediated by intimate moments of surprising texture, shifting light, and fleeting color. Horizon Suite gently entices the viewer into the inner landscapes and interior spaces of our imagination and memory.

John Beckelman’s art has been shown in exhibitions throughout the country and he has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions, and grants. He received his master of fine arts degree in ceramics and his master of science degree in ceramics from Illinois State University. Beckelman is the Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art, Emeritus at Coe College. He lives and works in Cedar Rapids.

John Beckelman, Water Sky, 2018, clay, wood, metal, steel rod, canvas, Plexiglass, paint, powdered pigments, on loan from the artist, L2019.080.

This exhibition and accompanying educational programming have been made possible by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund. Annual educational programming support has been provided in part by Transamerica.

Companion Event

Artist Talks and Opening Reception with Bruce Beasley and John Beckelman

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Artist Talks: 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Opening Reception: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Join artists Bruce Beasley & John Beckelman as they speak about their new exhibitions in the Museum’s Auditorium. A reception will follow the talks from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM.

For more information about these exhibitions and all that is happening at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, please visit our website at www.crma.org or call 319.366.7503.

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The mission of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is to excite, engage, and educate through the arts. The Museum’s collection contains more than 7,800 works of art by hundreds of artists, including the world’s largest collection of works by Grant Wood. For more information on exhibitions or related programs call the Museum at 319.366.7503 or visit the Museum’s website at www.crma.org. Museum Hours: noon to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; noon to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Grant Wood Studio Hours: noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (April-December).

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