Three Exceptional Artists at the McDonough Museum in Youngstown
The McDonough Museum of Art is delighted to present the work of three dynamic artists for our fall exhibitions:
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, organized by Highpoint Editions-Minneapolis, is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright, colorful shapes. Mehretu has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions. Established in 2001, Highpoint Center for Printmaking is dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Its goals are to provide educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the public and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts.
Today, printmaking is a vital part of Mehretu’s creative process. She has been artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Awards and honors include a MacArthur “Genius” grant, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s American Art Award and the Berlin Prize. Mehretu’s work has been featured in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Dana Oldfather: Out of the Woods into the Weeds will feature the artist’s energetic and colorful work depicting the uncertainties of human experience, with a focus on femininity and motherhood. Dana’s large, abstract paintings reveal fantastical spaces and intertwined figures in a chaotic, yet whimsical arrangement. They “underscore the inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America today.” Dana is the recipient of numerous art awards and has twice received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. She has an extensive national exhibition record and her paintings are part of numerous public and corporate collections.
For our inaugural Emerging Artist Exhibition, we present Whitney Tressel’s America Still. Whitney is a freelance photographer, photo editor, and world traveler who has worked with organizations such as Google, National Geographic, New York Times Student Journeys, Budget Travel and Esquire. For the past two years she has traversed North America by herself, in her 1985 Toyota Dolphin truck camper, capturing a sense of place amongst the diverse sets of American landscapes. For this solo exhibition she will feature photographs from her travels.
AUGUST 23–OCTOBER 26
EXCAVATIONS: THE PRINTS OF JULIE MEHRETU
DANA OLDFATHER: OUT OF THE WOODS INTO THE WEEDS
WHITNEY TRESSEL: AMERICA STILL
WHITNEY TRESSEL, DEPARTMENT OF ART LECTURE SERIES | 5:10–6PM AUGUST 26
DICK VON KIEL, EMERGING PERFORMANCE ARTIST | 5:30–6:30PM SEPTEMBER 11
aleatoric composition for programmed audio files
24TH ANNUAL MAD ABOUT THE ARTS BENEFIT | 7–10PM SEPTEMBER 27
EMMAI ALAQUIVA, DEPARTMENT OF ART LECTURE SERIES | 5:10–6PM OCTOBER 2
JEREMY RAYMER, DEPARTMENT OF ART LECTURE SERIES | 5:10–6PM OCTOBER 10
DANA OLDFATHER, ARTIST LECTURE | 5:10-6PM OCTOBER 17
MARIA ELENA VERSARI, DEPARTMENT OF ART LECTURE SERIES | 5:10–6PM OCTOBER 22
UNO LADY, EMERGING PERFORMANCE ARTIST | 5:30-6:45PM NOVEMBER 6
OPEN PROJECTOR NIGHT | 5:30-7PM NOVEMBER 13
FALL GRADUATING BFA EXHIBITION | NOVEMBER 22–DECEMBER 14
John J. McDonough Museum of Art
525 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502