Orlando Museum of Art Unveils Three New Exhibitions in Concurrence with the 20th Anniversary Season of 1st Thursdays

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This August, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) will unveil three contrasting exhibitions, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, Modus Operandi: Photographs from the Collection of BNY Mellon, and Jon Napoles: Devil City. These exhibitions will kick off on August 1st, the same night the museum will be celebrating 20 years of 1st Thursdays. There will be live music and food and drinks for purchase. The opening is free for members and $15 for visitors. Doors open at 6pm. 

Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards
August 2– October 27, 2019 

This exhibition features the largest collection of CSK Illustrator Medal and Honor-winning art ever assembled. Founded 50 years ago by Mabel McKissick and Glyndon Greer at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, The Coretta Scott King Book Awards, are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. 

Modus Operandi: Photographs from the Collection of BNY Mellon
August 2– October 27, 2019 

Modus Operandibrings together an adventurous group of contemporary image-makers, offering a glimpse into the potential of this ever-expanding medium. The Orlando Museum of Art will feature 30 photographs from the collection, representing renowned photographers from various countries and generations to present an overview of photographic practice. Artists featured include Carrie Mae Weems, Wolfgang Tillmans, Elisa Sighicelli, Yasumasa Morimua, Olafure Eliasson, and many more.

Jon Napoles: Devil City 
August 2– October 27, 2019 

In 2012, Jon Napoles' artistic practice emerged out of a side job flipping houses. Today, he is a self-described Southern Fauve, painting vivid themes of revelry on reclaimed window panes. His media also include photo-transfers and acrylic on panel. In the exhibition Jon Napoles: Devil City, a world is built around a strange cast of mammalian creatures, jovial yet abrupt speech bubbles, and appropriated imagery from bathroom stalls and bar culture. Inspired by artist Raymond Pettibon and the Punk/DIY (Do-It-Yourself) art movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s,Napoles mines his personal narrative as subject matter for his work.       

For press images or additional information, please contact Nicolaas Guaderrama, Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations Manager, at nguaderrama@omart.orgor at 407.896.4231 ext. 233.

Cover image: John Steptoe,Wedding Festivities, from the Book, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, 1987, watercolor on paper, 25  x 18 ½ in. Courtesy of the artist and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. © 1987 by John Steptoe. Image courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.