The Museum was built in 1968, with the famed architect I.M. Pei, as its designer.
Pei is probably best known for his work on The Louvre.
The Everson is a contemporary and modern museum located in downtown Syracuse. It has many offerings in classes and camps for all ages according to their website, https://everson.org/. While lacking the time for a visit, did see their extensive outside sculpture garden. Looks like a fun spot where folks can picnic next to these sculptures in the warmer months.
Have never been to Syracuse University before. Quite a sprawling campus, and was impressed by their eclectic art collection. The art arrangement reminded me of the Denver Art Museum where one picture is modern 20th century then the next a piece from centuries earlier, truly eclectic.
The current exhibit is Take Me to the Palace of Love – It is the works of Rina Banajee. Her representation of the Taj Mahal.
Next a 200-600 A.D. terra cotta from Peru.
View From West Point – a lovely work by William Louis Sonntag, Sr., circa 1860.
A print block from plywood which boarded store windows during the George Floyd riots.
Much of the work at this museum is from students, or former students and have political overtones.
The Teddy Roosevelt statute which no longer stands in front of the NYC Natural History Museum is one of these.
Roosevelt was known to be a US Imperialist, and his policies on the indigenous population were harsh. Considered to be a white supremacist he transferred 86 million Indian acres to the National Park System. He saw these people as a threat to white civilization. During his trip to Africa he killed 11,400 animals in one year. The statute was removed in 2022.
The Museum is increasing its collection of Indigenous People’s art.
Gayanenhsa goneh, by Brandon Lazore, of the Onondaga tribe, Snipe Clan, acquired 2021.
Madonna and Child, from the School of Raphael, circa 1500. This painting portrays the domestic nature of the Virgin Mary, infant Jesus, and the young St. John, the Baptist. Breathtaking.
On the grounds of LaGrange College is the Lamar Dodd Art Center. LaGrange College is the oldest private college in Georgia, and when it was founded in 1831, it was a female educational institution. Now co-ed, it is a lovely campus with majestic trees, and an overall Ivy League presence.
Lamar Dodd Art Center
Started my visit to LaGrange with this Art Center. Wondered why the museum opened at 8:30 a.m., only to find this building doubles for classrooms. Enjoyed visiting with their new Director, and learning of the collection.
What a find this museum was and free!.
Did a bit of research after visiting this Museum, and found Dodson to be fascinating. Born in LaGrange, he took art classes at the then female university at 12 years of age. From there he studied in Alabama, and later New York. While he always had a love of the South his work he extended, and grew into the abstract as he matured.
Interesting comment as this man did search. After New York he returned South becoming the Artist in Residence at the University of Georgia at Athens. There he unified the art program, and created a Masters Degree Program. This program remains nationally prominent. In 1950, he ,traveled the world as a cultural emissary for the State Department, and when NASA called he worked for them creating many intriguing works.
Dodd gifted LaGrange College with several of his works. Above, Birds, 1964, and Thoughts of a City, 1953.
Some other works at the Museum.
And speaking of unsaid, early in this writing mentioned the Museum doubled as classroom space.
Here are the classrooms where future works are birthed.
The last 10 years of Andy Warhol’s life was his most proliferative creating greater than half of his works during this time. These works depict cultural events, celebrities, cowboys, and Native Americans. The works are known as his Myths Collection.
Let’s check out a few:
Superman was AW’s idol from 8 years of age. The tale of Clark Kent intrigued the young boy plagued with the debilitating St. Vitus’ Dance.
An enormous fan of Christmas, his Santa Claus portrayal. In his early days as a NYC commercial artist he was often involved in Christmas decorating.
Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress to win an Academy Award. She won for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind in 1940. She was unable to accept the award as the ceremony was held in a white only theater.
“Beyond Travesty,” author comment…
Warhol was a generous to those who requested his autograph. Often he added doodles on whatever was available. Many times it was a napkin. Here is one of his gifts.