FOUND IN THE SHUFFLE

Document Sample
FOUND IN THE SHUFFLE Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                                                               New director Steven Kern revitalizes the
                                                                                                           Everson Museum, in time for its 40th anniversary

                                                                                                       T
                                                                                                               his isn’t your father’s Everson. While   the spaces for the Cezanne show. Not to
                                                                                                               the I.M. Pei-designed bricks-and-        fear, however, Kern respects the classics and
                                                                                                               mortar has remained the same, the        what they mean to Syracuse, so they will
                                                                                                       museum’s other attraction, the artwork,          return, which is plenty of reason for you to
                                                                                                       is being moved, brought out of storage,          return, and return, and return.
                                                                                                       returned to storage and otherwise high-             Back to the present, as you walk from
                                                                                                       lighted in a new, semipermanent exhibit.         gallery to gallery, you’ll notice something
                                                                                                       Modern and Contemporary American Art             different in the connecting bridges: noth-
                                                                                                       from the Permanent Collection is on view         ing. “The bridges we are keeping deliber-
                                                                                                       throughout the museum.                           ately empty,” Kern says, “as Pei intended.
                                                                                                           “As we mark the 40th anniversary of the      That way it’s easier for you to appreciate the
                                                                                                       opening of the Everson’s current building,”      building as a work of art.”
                                                                                                       says director Steven Kern, “it is high time to      Also on permanent display will be a ro-
                                                                                                       reconsider I.M. Pei’s accomplishment and to      tating selection of video from the Everson’s
                                                  By Molly English-Bowers                              celebrate Syracuse’s true vision.” Kern began    closet. “This was the first American museum
                                                                                                       the process last fall by removing the tired      to collect video, in the 1970s,” Kern notes.
                                                                                                       sculptures that occupied the Rosamond            “Depending on their original format, they
                                                                                                       Gifford Sculpture Court seemingly forever,       were no longer viewable. So we have had
                                                                                                       instead putting new and, by virtue of their      to convert the videos to a digital format.”
                                                                                                       novelty, exciting works in their place. Also     Video will also be continually looped in
                                                                                                       missing are the large paintings that once        the first-floor nook by the elevator, Kern
                                                                                                       hung 20 feet up, which, by Kern’s reckoning,     explains.
                                                                                                       was not what Pei had intended.                      “I try to find different themes to display
                                                                                                           “My goal has been to take the Sculpture      items in a logical way,” Kern adds. “That’s
                                                                                                       Court to its logical conclusion,” Kern says of   because the museum isn’t large enough to
                                                                                                       the main entry to the Everson Museum of          show a comprehensive history of art. But
                                                  
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: "As we mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Everson's current building," says director [Steven Kern], "it is high time to reconsider I.M. Pei's accomplishment and to celebrate Syracuse's true vision." Kern began the process last fall by removing the tired sculptures that occupied the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court seemingly forever, instead putting new and, by virtue of their novelty, exciting works in their place. Also missing are the large paintings that once hung 20 feet up, which, by Kern's reckoning, was not what Pei had intended.Artworks featured in the audio cell tour are Louis Comfort Tiffany's "New Jerusalem" stained-glass window, Barbara Krueger's "Who Speaks, Who is Silent," and Dave MacDonald's "Plate."Other recent changes have included moving the Stickley furniture out of the nook it had occupied off the Sculpture Court and into a larger space in the Members' Council Gallery. While a cafe no longer sits opposite that area, Kern says it's still undetermined what shape, if any, a spot for tea and cookies will take. In addition, nothing has been done to the downstairs ceramics display either. "I am taking a systematic approach to this," Kern says. "But everything I've heard about the improvements have been enthusiastic."
BUY THIS DOCUMENT NOW PRICE: $6.95 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEED
PARTNER ProQuest LLC
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning.