A Message from the Executive Director
It is often just a spark of discovery that can inspire us to study and research more deeply about an artist, a subject matter, or a culture. Certainly within the academic community at Hofstra, the quest for knowledge is at the heart of the student, faculty and researcher’s experience. The Hofstra University Museum is integral to this quest, as it presents changing exhibitions that introduce our audiences to cultures and rich artistic legacies that they may not have been as familiar with, or with artistic techniques and media that are new or different.
This fall, the HUM offers two distinctly different avenues for such discoveries with Arnold Newman: Luminaries of the Twentieth Century in Art, Politics and Culture, organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, on view in the Emily Lowe Gallery, September 3 to December 13th, and Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan an original exhibition curated by the Museum’s Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Karen T. Albert, in the David Filderman Gallery, September 30, 2013 to February 2, 2014.
Arnold Newman (American, 1918-2006) was a master of line, shape and form as conveyed through his photographic images. He had the ability to capture the essence of an individual with his camera as his work greatly altered the field of photographic portraits, defining what is known as “environmental portraiture.” In the exhibition, we are introduced to the iconic individuals who shaped 20th century art, dance, literature, music, photography, politics, science and other fields as captured by this photographic pioneer.
Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan, derived exclusively from representative works in the Museum’s permanent collections, spans five centuries of artistic tradition while engaging our imaginations and curiosity through works of ceramic pottery, hanging scrolls done in ink and color on paper or silk, masks, woodblock prints, and wood sculpture.
Come visit and see if you find inspiration and new avenues for thought…
Beth E. Levinthal, Executive Director