Gorey's Worlds

September 27–December 21, 2018

This exhibition was organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Peculiar, absurd, mystical, unforgettable, these are the worlds of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the American artist and author. For more than fifty years, he delighted and amused audiences with his spare pen and ink drawings that illustrated tales of hapless children, kohl-eyed swooning maidens, and whimsical creatures. His theatrical work—not least of which was the opening sequence to PBS’s Mystery!—blended the bizarre and the comic with eloquence, ultimately creating fictions that have endured.

Gorey's Worlds is the first exhibition to explore Gorey's artistic inspiration and is centered on his personal art collection, bequeathed to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the only public institution to receive his legacy. His collection features a diverse array of 19th and 20th century European and American artists including Eugène Atget, Odilon Redon, Bill Traylor, Charles Burchfield, and others as well as examples of folk art.

Gorey's imagery and word-play resonate with audiences of all ages and his legacy is international in scope. His gothic sensibility and whimsical humor continue to influence contemporary culture. Among his aesthetic descendants are filmmaker Tim Burton, author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), the rock band Nine Inch Nails, and fashion designer Anna Sui. While his own work has been the subject of exhibitions, Gorey's Worlds offers a fresh perspective on the artist by inviting visitors to step into Gorey’s imagination and viewing the art he collected alongside his own sketches, drawings, prints, and art books. The exhibition presents a unique opportunity to introduce new audiences to Edward Gorey and for existing Gorey admirers to experience his artistic mindset and the visual ecosystem he created.

The exhibition and impressive catalogue have been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal (twice), The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker.

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Without his Clippings

Image: Edward Gorey, “Without his clippings, Jasper now wrote long letters to Ortenzia, which went unanswered.” Illustration for The Blue Aspic. New York: Meredith Press, 1968. Pen and ink on paper. © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

DOMA regularly schedules programs related to current special exhibitions. For Gorey's Worlds, the following events are offered to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of this blockbuster show.

September 28: Final Friday: LIFE—Enjoy an after-hours look at Gorey's Worlds as well as music, refreshments, presentations, and activities at this free event.

October 3, 4pm: Educator Exhibition Overview (One CEU available for K-12 teachers; $5 or free for BSU affiliates. Space is limited and registration required.)

October 11, 5–8pm: First Person: Curator Erin Monroe on Edward Gorey and Gorey's Worlds

October 16, 4–6:30pm: Drawing from Gorey's Worlds Teacher Workshop (Two CEUs available for K-12 teachers. $25 or $20 for AEAI members, Ball State community, & DOMA Friends member. Space is limited and registration required.)

October 21, 2pm: Death and Dying Art Tour and Discussion (RSVP to Kara Kissell, 765-747-3420)

October 26: Final Friday: DEATH—Enjoy an after-hours look at Gorey's Worlds as well as music, refreshments, presentations, and activities at this free event.

October 31, 10am: Strange Gorey Story Time (For ages eight and up. $5 per family; registration required.)

November 11, 1:30–4:30pm: Youth Drawing Workshop (For ages 10–15. $30 or $25 for BSU affiliate, $20 for DOMA Friends member. Space is limited and registration required.)

November 17, 3:30pm: Poetry and the Mystery of Gorey (For ages 12 and up. $10 or $5 for BSU affiliate and DOMA Friends member. Space is limited and registration required.)

November 18, 2:30pm: Strange Gorey Story Time (For ages eight and up. $5 per family; registration required.)

The Power of Place: 100 Years of Architecture at Ball State University

September 27–December 21, 2018

The centennial anniversary brings to light the power of place in shaping the university environment and the student experience. This exhibition examines three key buildings for the teaching of the arts and architecture and their impact on the campus and community. What would become the Ball State campus began in 1899 with a single building, now known as the Frank A. Bracken Administration Building, which offered instruction in all subjects. There was extensive growth from 1923–1929, beginning with Science Hall (known today as Burkhardt Building), followed by Ball Gym, the Library and Assembly Hall, Burris, and Lucina. Over time, the university constructed increasingly specialized, showcased buildings for the arts, including the 1936 Fine Arts Building at the center of the Quad. As the campus expanded northward, the university dedicated a purpose-built structure to house its nationally ranked programs in the College of Architecture and Planning in 1972, followed by an innovative addition in 1980. Take a walk back in time for a glimpse into the university’s architectural transformation that points towards a future of limitless opportunities.

Power of Place image

This exhibition was organized in partnership with Ball State University Libraries and the College of Architecture and Planning.

DOMA regularly schedules programs related to current special exhibitions. For The Power of Place: 100 Years of Architecture at Ball State University, the following events are offered to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of this blockbuster show.

September 28: Final Friday: LIFE—Enjoy an after-hours look at DOMA's Fall exhibitions as well as music, refreshments, presentations, and activities at this free event. Rebecca Torsell, archivist for architectural records at Ball State University Libraries and curator of The Power of Place will be a featured presenter.

November 3: Docent-led tour of The Power of Place. Free and open to the public; meet in Sculpture Court, 2:30 p.m.

December 12: DOMA Alliance Luncheon at the Alumni Center featuring Rebecca Torsell, archivist for architectural records at Ball State University Libraries and curator of The Power of Place. Registration required.

Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams, a Ball State University Centennial Exhibition

January 24–May 19, 2019

The David Owsley Museum of Art commemorates Ball State University’s centennial by celebrating the art and marriage of noted Indiana Impressionist painters John Ottis Adams (1851-1927) and Winifred Brady Adams (1871-1955). The congenial, artistic couple, whose art was fostered and collected by the Ball family, awakened community interest in the visual arts that eventually lead to the founding of the museum. Arousing a regional consciousness, their landscape, still life, and portrait paintings pay homage to the beauty and splendor of the Indiana environs and American small-town life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

A talented, academically trained painter, Winifred Brady Adams’s career and artistic accomplishments have been overshadowed by her husband’s legacy. Appearing as a footnote in most early Indiana history publications, Winifred finally receives the attention she deserves in this major exhibition and its accompanying catalogue.

A large number of paintings and drawings by both artists has been assembled from significant regional institutions and private collections, including the greatest quantity of works by Winifred Brady Adams ever displayed, many of which have been seldom seen by the public.

John Ottis Adams, American (1851-1927), In Poppyland, 1901, oil on canvas, Frank C. Ball Collection, gift of the Ball Brothers Foundation, 1995.035.040

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