Norton Announces Summer Exhibitions

By: Scott Benarde
Source: Norton Museum of Art
Date: June 11, 2013


Contact: Scott Benarde 
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Spotlight is on architecture and LEGO bricks; Lucian Freud also in the mix

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (May 15, 2013) -- The Norton Museum of Art's summer exhibition season is highlighted by the art of architecture, the ubiquitous LEGO® brick, and plenty of programming encouraging kids to be creative and enjoy building with LEGOs. Lucian Freud: Paintings and Prints is a rare presentation of portraits by one of the most important painters of our time, and the exhibition, Circa 1960: Figure and Form, showcases important recent acquisitions and loans. These exhibitions open in mid to late June.

The summer exhibition schedule is as follows:

Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture
On view June 20 - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Curated by Maggie Edwards, Curatorial Assistant

An exhibition of 10 landmark skyscrapers from around the world, each masterfully constructed with LEGO® toy building bricks by Dan Parker, LEGO® Certified Professional. From four to nine feet tall, the architectural wonders include One World Trade Center in New York, the Seattle Space Needle, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The exhibition also features a play area where visitors can create their own architectural marvels.

Architecture in Detail: Works from the Museum Collection
On view Thursday, June 20 - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Curated by Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, and Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography, in conjunction with the Block by Block LEGO exhibition

From the beginning of the 20th century, the materials and masterworks of architecture have fueled the imaginations of photographers, painters, and printmakers. Their efforts are well represented in the collections of the Norton Museum. Featuring works by Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, John Marin, Addison Mizner, and Vic Muniz, Architecture in Detail celebrates the aesthetics and achievements of the man-made environment.

Lucian Freud: Paintings and Prints
On view June 27, 2013 - Sept. 1, 2013
Curated by Cheryl Brutvan, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art

This rare presentation of portraits by one of the most important painters of our time includes his masterpiece The Brigadier (2003-2004), a life-sized portrait of Andrew Parker Bowles; a self-portrait, and a selection of prints from private collections.

Circa 1960: Figure and Form
Opening June 27, 2013 - Sept. 1, 2013
Curated by Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art

Showcasing important recent acquisitions and loans to the Norton, Circa 1960: Figure and Form considers the ways mid-century artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Fairfield Porter, and Wayne Thiebaud used elements of abstraction to suggest the world around them.

Masterpiece of the Month 
The Norton spotlights major works by iconic artists borrowed from private collections.
June (May 30 - June 30): Mary Cassatt, a quartet of works on paper, 1890-1908 
July (July 4 - July 28): Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 
Aug. (Aug. 1 - Aug. 31): Salvador Dalí Portrait of Marquis George de Cuevas, 1942 
*Sept. (Sept. 17 - Oct. 13): Court Portrait of Yinli, Prince Guo, 1717

*The Museum is closed for reinstallations Sept. 3-17.

Student exhibition in the Bernard and Chris Marden Community Gallery

Little Boxes: Images of Vernacular Architecture from the Museum Collection
On view Aug. 1, 2013 - Oct. 19, 2013
Organized by the 2013 summer interns: Laura Hildebrandt, Elias Heller, Luna Goldberg, Karly Etz

Little Boxes: Vernacular Architecture from the Collection explores the ways in which people, environment, and necessity shape the spaces in which we live. Ranging from photographs to oil paintings to a miniature doll house, this exhibition presents a series of dwellings that only humans could have created. Little Boxes highlights both interior and exterior spaces, old and new. Featured artists include Ansel Adams, Norman Rockwell,  and Yinka Shonibare. From densely populated suburban landscapes to scenes of rural isolation, the show captures the extremes of vernacular architecture.


About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency.

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