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2007-2008

Hail to the Buff and Blue: Selections from the Permanent Collection

May 14 - July 3, 2008

Hail to the Buff and Blue
Image from Hail to the Buff and Blue: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Image: Ryder Haske

Fernando Botero's painting, The Young Bishop is GW's newest acquisition and a formidable addition to the University's holdings of contemporary art. It is featured in the current exhibition at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. "Hail to the Buff and Blue" is the GW fight song. The song plays on the carillon chimes over campus every day and the crowds roar it out at sporting events. But how did the University choose those colors? Buff and blue were the colors of General Washington's uniform and in reverence to the country's first President, on February 22, 1905, the GW trustees declared them to be the official colors of the University. Color has meaning beyond its representational value in art and in life. It has the ability to remind us of our past experiences, move us emotionally, and possibly even bring us to a higher spiritual understanding. The works in this exhibition are all different shades of buff and blue and were chosen to demonstrate the breadth of the University's permanent collection and how prevalent buff and blue are found in art of all eras, media, and cultures.

Bringing Buddhism to America
MPA Building, 2nd Floor Cases

April 14 - May 30, 2008

Sakya Temple India
Sakya Temple in Tibet. Image: Alison Domzalski

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and the GW Department of Religion. It features Buddhist religious objects in daily use in religious practice in monasteries in Tibet and in the United States, particularly from the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The exhibition was researched and assembled by Professor Reverend Ane Kunga Chodron and undergraduate students currently enrolled in the course Tibetan Buddhism offered in the George Washington University Religion Department spring semester 2008, in order to enhance students' hands-on experience of Tibetan religious culture and its manifestation in daily life. Lenore Miller, Director, University Art Galleries and Chief Curator, provided consultation on the project.

Annual Awards Show

April 2 - May 2, 2008

Annual Awards Show 2008
Image from Annual Awards Show 2008. Image: Ryder Haske

The Annual Awards Show features works by undergraduate and graduate fine arts students from The George Washington University's Department of Fine Arts and Art History. All works on display are eligible for various awards to be granted by this year's judge, Victoria Reis, Executive Director of Transformer. Co-sponsored by the University Art Galleries and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History.

Where There's a Will, There's a Way
MPA Building, 2nd Floor Cases

November 12, 2007 - March 31, 2008

AW Heintzelman Colonial Home Life
A.W. Heintzelman, Colonial Home Life

In anticipation of the inauguration of The George Washington University's 16th president, Steven Knapp, we are mounting the Monro-Lenox (or Munro-Lenox) portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart and pages from the Will of George Washington lent by the Fairfax County Circuit Court in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery.

We are taking the opportunity to display four prints, from the Bi-centennial Pageant of George Washington, produced in 1932. The first print from the series that entered the GW Permanent Collection was The Surveyor's Assistant by Robert Nisbet. Early in his life, Washington traveled around Virginia surveying tracts of land for private individuals and the government. The Nisbet print likely depicts Washington in 1748, when he joined an expedition surveying parts of Western Virginia for the powerful Fairfax family. The next year the Fairfaxes helped him secure a position as a county surveyor. His first career as a surveyor and eventual occupation as a farmer tie Washington to the land and nature.

Last year we were introduced to Professor Richard Tollo of The Department of Geology and discovered their large collection of mineral specimens. Due to the quality of the mineral examples we could obtain and the ties to nature we discovered with George Washington, the man, we have chosen six works of abstract art from the University's Collection and placed them side by side with the mineral specimens to show the real association that can be made between the two.

Out of the Chateau: The Demuth Museum Collection

January 16 - March 14, 2008

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will host the first-ever touring exhibition of the Demuth Museum collection, Out of the Chateau: Works from the Demuth Museum. The Demuth Museum collection comprises more than 30 works that span the career of modernist artist Charles Demuth (1883-1935), from early childhood drawings to late floral works. Many of the works on view show the beginnings of the American precisionist style that would bring Demuth fame as a modernist. Before joining the Demuth Museum's permanent collection, the works were long held in private hands in Lancaster, Pa., and were seldom or never publicly exhibited. While individual works have been previously lent to exhibitions at other institutions, the collection as a whole has never been seen outside of Lancaster.

Charles Demuth
Charles Demuth, Self-Portrait,1907, oil on canvas, 26 1/16 x 18 inches,
The Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA. Photograph: John Herr.

Out of the Chateau Press:
"George Washington University / Brady Gallery", The InTowner, February 2008
"Charles Demuth @ GWU's Brady Gallery", dcist, 28 January 2008
"Brady Gallery hosts Demuth works", The GW Hatchet, 22 January 2008
"Watercolorist an eclectic master", The Washington Times, 19 January 2008
"Museum Review: Must-See Exhibits On and Off Campus", The Daily Colonial, 17 February 2008

In Circulation: Works on Paper

October 18 - December 14, 2007

Color School Revised
Jules Olitski, Graphic Suite II, 1970, silkscreen, 35" x 26". Gift of the Olitski Collection in honor of Luther W. Brady, M.D. and the fifth anniversary of the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, 2007.

A university is in a constant state of change. Students, professors, and visitors constantly cycle through the campus. Mirroring this rotation are the works of art around campus that are placed on view, taken down, and catalogued by the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. The first step in this cycle is acquisition, when the University accepts or purchases a new work of art. Building on its growing collection of prints, photographs, and drawings, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery exhibits some of their recent acquisitions to the GW Permanent Collection of more than 3,600 objects, including screenprints by Jules Olitski, two monoprints by Hannelore Baron, and photographs by Carl Chiarenza. Also, experimental new works based on her impressions of the Japanese painter, Sesshu (1420-1506) will be exhibited by artist, Keiko Hara. Hara currently is exhibiting other new works at the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center.

In addition to the exhibition, the gallery will be exhibiting the Monro-Lenox Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart and two pages from the will of George Washington on loan from Fairfax County Circuit Court in anticipation of the inauguration of GW's 16th president, Steven Knapp.

Generations of the Washington Color School Revisited

May 9 - July 13, 2007 DATES EXTENDED: September 4 - October 5, 2007

The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is participating in the city-wide event, ColorField.Remix. The George Washington University was part of a network of institutions and private collectors that supported and perpetuated the artists and works of the Washington Color School. Drawing from its history of both exhibiting and collecting the works of artists such as Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, Alma Thomas, and Willem DeLooper, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery will build on the 1984 exhibition Generations of the Washington Color School, held at the Dimock Gallery, by adding significant new acquisitions and loans of never before seen works by New York artist, Rosette Bakish, who studied with Robert Motherwell; local artist, Amy Lin; and a pivotal work new addition to the GW Permanent Collection by DeLooper.

Color School Revised Color School Revised
Images from Generations of the Washington Color School Revisited


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