The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will open two all new exhibits for the new year with “Voices of the Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes”, and “Swim: An Artist’s Journey”, opening Thursday, Jan. 15.
Voices of the Island features 55 works by 18 artists (including Llanes), all of whom are from Cuba and most of whom are still living there. The works are all part of Llanes’ personal collection. Though the artists’ styles and subject matter vary greatly, most share several common themes – a strong link to the Cuban culture and landscape, an emphasis on family or unity, and reflection on contemporary Cuban society. There are landscapes, abstract pieces, portraits, still lifes and more.
Swim: An Artist’s Journey features a series of paintings aimed at confronting artist Charles Williams’ own deeply held fears as well as the cultural and psychological barriers to swimming experienced by black youth.
Swim is a highly personal artistic exploration documenting the artist’s past and more recent interactions and fears associated with the ocean: from wave formations in the ocean to the physical inability to swim and the paralysis caused by his fear. His images merge the conflicting emotions aroused by the ocean: alluring and sensual, yet mysterious and at times overwhelming.
An opening reception, open and free to the public, will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. A concurrent exhibition, Voices of the Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes, opens on the same date. Gallery talks by both artists will begin at 6:00. The opening reception is Free for Art Museum members and $10 for non members.
Regular gallery hours for Swim will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m.Sundays. Both exhibits run through April 23.