Regionalism, Surrealism, and Climate Change: Recent Loans and Acquisitions at the David Owsley Museum of Art
September 29 – December 20, 2022
A selection of recent loans and acquisitions continues the museum’s mission to cultivate lifelong learning through an engaging collection of original works of art. Several donations, purchases, loans, and promised gifts illustrate major modernist movements and raise awareness about climate change, which the World Health Organization considers the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.
The exhibition features three major paintings: a study of laborers harvesting sugar cane by American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, a monumental ‘inscape’ or interior psychological landscape by Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta, and contemporary artist Diane Burko’s Antarctica Diptych, which bears witness to global warming. These highlighted works are accompanied by several new additions of American art to the collection by history painter Emanuel Leutze, Symbolist Elihu Vedder, American Impressionist Ernest Lawson, Midwestern sculptors Janet Scudder and Mildred Welsh Hammond, Park Avenue Cubist Albert Eugene Gallatin, mid-century modernist Earl Kerkam, and African American artist Joseph Delaney. The variety of objects is further enhanced with photo drawings by Ball State Emeritus Professor Lawrence Graham, Japanese prints and sculpture, and a spectacular African mask. These works add significantly to the museum’s world art collection, which reflects Ball State’s inclusive values and represents the increasingly diverse heritage of its student body and the people of East Central Indiana.
Image: Diane Burko, Antarctica Diptych (Antarctica Dream #1 and Paradise Channel, Lemaire #3), 2013, oil on canvas, Purchase: Gift of Joseph and Pamela Yohlin; Sharon Seager Women’s Art Fund, 2021.012.001-002 © Diane Burko.