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WinterNott Memorial 2014

Mandeville exhibit showcases mavericks of the art world

Los Proverbios by Goya

collection of prints by 27 major figures of the art world—including Cézanne, Corot, Daumier, Goya, Lichtenstein, Manet and Miró—were on view at the Mandeville Gallery during fall term.

"A World of Prints: Selections from the Union College Permanent Collection," featured a number of techniques including etching, engraving, lithography, screen printing and woodcuts. Many of the works were gifts to the College by alumni, including Union Life Trustee Arnold Burns ’50, and his wife, Felice, as well as by the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation.

"This was a great opportunity to see the breadth, depth and quality of our Permanent Collection," said Julie Lohnes, curator of Union art collections and exhibitions. “All of the artists in our exhibit were visionaries of their generations."

Though the 30 artworks spanned 500 years, they primarily embodied two distinct eras: late 1700s-1800s and late 1960s-70s. Both groups represented printing processes popular during their time periods and demonstrated how each was innovative—indeed, groundbreaking—in method of production and subject matter.

"In both time periods, the artists were cutting-edge." said Lohnes. "They were bending and breaking the rules and conventions of the day."
In the 1800s, sympathetic depictions of the working class were revolutionary. This was exemplified in one of the highlights of the show, Manet’s print of motherhood, La Petite Fille Tenant un Bébé, as well as in Millet’s image of a layperson at work in La Grande Bergère.

Progressive subjects at that time also included political unrest and modest landscapes, as in Goya’s Los Proverbios, which pictures crowds of spectators mesmerized by performers’ feats at a Spanish carnival.

Other artists featured in “A World of Prints” were: Michael Wolgemut, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Josef Albers, Adriaen Collaert, Joe Goode, Robert Graham, Oskar Kokoschka, Lee Krasner, Jean-François Millet, Henry Moore, Francesco Piranesi, Ken Price, Joseph Raffael, Edward Ruscha, Frank Stella and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.

La Petite Fille Tenant un Bébé by Manet

Untitled by Tiepolo

Unions new curator of art collections 

As the new curator of art collections and exhibitions at Union, Julie Lohnes is brimming with ideas on how to make art a greater part of the fabric of campus.

“Union College is my oyster,” she said. “I’m thinking about activating some of the really sunny spaces with contemporary artwork. There’s a ton of great air space.”

Spoken like a New Yorker used to thinking up instead of out—which is not surprising, since Lohnes comes to Union from Brooklyn, where she was executive director of the not-for-profit A.I.R. Gallery, the nation’s first women’s artist collective. Previously, she was director of the former DFN Gallery, also in New York, and the Boston-based Chase Gallery, and she managed the Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston.

In addition to showcasing art outside the Nott’s Mandeville Gallery, Lohnes would like, eventually, to move art outdoors as well. In the meantime, she is creating a Mandeville Gallery schedule through summer 2016 that includes faculty and student exhibits, contemporary artists solo and group shows, and curated exhibitions.

Lohnes also brings to campus a commitment to giving students a greater role as visual arts ambassadors. She is spearheading a student docent and gallery aide program aimed at creating public and campus wide interest and investment in the Mandeville Gallery and the Permanent Collection.

“They will be encouraged to think about and relate to the art and to interact with each visitor,” Lohnes said. “We want to foster empowerment and ownership over Union’s galleries and collections. All of this is theirs while they’re here and afterward, when they are alumni.”

Lohnes earned an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a BFA in painting with a minor in art history from Boston University. Her own sculptures and multi-media installations have been on exhibit throughout the Northeast, and she is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant and a Vermont Studio Center Residency. Lohnes succeeds Marie Costello, interim director of the Mandeville Gallery and curator of the Permanent Collection for the past two years.

Los Proverbios by Goya

Julie Lohnes

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