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Opening Reception for Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers + Steven Althouse: Metanoia

September 20, 2019 @ 5:30pm to September 20, 2019 @ 8:30pm

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​You are invited to join us for the dual exhibition opening reception of “Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers and Stephen Althouse: Metanoia” on September 20th. Guests can enjoy a cash bar and complimentary soft drinks.

This is a dual exhibition opening with the Mennello Museum of American Art. If you purchase a ticket to either of the two opening receptions (5:30-8:30pm), your $15 ticket will grant you complimentary admission into both events. OMA Members and MMAA Members also receive complimentary admission to both receptions. Must present ticket stub or Member ID for access to the receptions.

Complimentary transportation between the two museums will be available for guests that evening.

EDWARD STEICHEN: IN EXALTATION OF FLOWERS

Co-organized by the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) with Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) and in partnership with Art Bridges, a pioneering new foundation dedicated to dramatically expanding access to American art across the country, this exhibit includes 21 photographs and a rare large-scale mural by groundbreaking, turn-of-the-last century artist Edward Steichen. Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers, and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black and white photography and seven stunningly grand, large-scale gold-leaf mural paintings filled with portraits of his friends (the creative icons) and their floral counterparts. The murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, had not been seen in over 100 years, until Art Bridges purchased them from MoMA who was gifted the murals from the Meyer family who commissioned them from Steichen in 1910. Art Bridges supported their conservation at Dallas Art Museum where they were unveiled again in 2018. LEARN MORE »

STEPHEN ALTHOUSE: METANOIA

Inspired by his love of tools and farm equipment, American artist Stephen Althouse (b. 1948) fabricated his early sculptures out of wood, leather, and forged metal to resemble farming implements. Later, rather than making sculptures from raw materials, he began collecting already made objects which he loosely assembled together to create new works of art. He transitioned from sculptor to photographer when he discovered that once a piece was assembled, he could use photography as a tool to capture and control the perception of his work. Althouse continues to approach his work as a sculptor, assembling and enshrouding tools, artifacts, clothing, and weapons into a unique pictorial dialect. He further manipulates the scene with lighting, camera and computer work, and increased scale to create his larger-than-life minimalist compositions. The relics that Althouse chooses remind him of the “paradoxes of our species, and some imply the valor of individuals facing lives of relentless uncertainty.” LEARN MORE »

EVENT DETAILS

  • 5:30 - 8:00pm
  • Live music featuring Tommy Shugart’s Organ Trio
  • Cash bar
  • Complimentary soft drinks and water
  • FREE for Museum Members
  • $15 for Guests
  • Valet Parking Available at $5 per Vehicle

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