COACHES GALLERY TALK at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 at 78 pm[1h]
Hillstrom Museum of Art

COACHES GALLERY TALK at the Hillstrom Museum of Art, Monday, January 9, 2017 Hillstrom Museum of Art

A Coaches Gallery Talk will be presented at the Hillstrom Museum of Art next Monday, January 9, 2017, starting at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman's Champions (on view through January 27; see below for general information about the exhibit).

Six presenters will discuss works on view in the exhibit that relate to their individual expertise as sports coaches and players at Gustavus Adolphus College. The presenters, listed in order of their presentations, include:

Tommy Valentini, Head Men's Tennis Coach; Brett Petersen, Head Men's Hockey Coach; Danny Carlson, senior Gustavus student and member of the Gustavus baseball team; Mark Hanson, Head Men's Basketball Coach; Tom Thorkelson, former Head Track and Field Coach (retired) and current Assistant Coach in charge of throwing events; and Tom Brown, former Assistant Football Coach and current Athletics Director.

Each will discuss different works on view by Neiman, well-known as one of history's most important sports artists, considering the imagery in his sketches, drawings, and paintings and how they reflect his remarkable ability to depict the human form in action, and they will also discuss particular athletes depicted, such as Arthur Ashe, Venus and Serena Williams, Phil Esposito, Sandy Koufax, Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner, Pete Maravich, Joe Montana, and Joe Namath.

As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, this Coaches Gallery Talk is free and open to the public.

GENERAL EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION:

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Action! The Anatomy of LeRoy Neiman's Champions, on view from November 21, 2016 through January 27, 2017, with an opening reception Monday, November 21, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Steven Bond, President of the LeRoy Neiman Foundation Board, New York, will make comments at the opening reception, starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition was organized by The LeRoy Neiman Foundation, with the Louisiana State University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge. It includes over 70 works by LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012), all lent by the Neiman Foundation.

Neiman is famed for his colorful, semi-abstract paintings of sports figures, but he also was a master draftsman with an impressive on-the-spot ability to capture the human form in motion. In his 2012 autobiography All Told, the artist noted that "there are few areas in life where movement, beauty, grace, and the pure joy of energy are as visually expressed as in sports. e Neiman's works remarkably also suggest the moments before and after what is depicted, a phenomenon described as "a four-dimensional drawing where moments past are invisibly infused into the depiction of the present ein a text by Tomas Vu-Daniel (LeRoy Neiman Professor of Professional Practice in Visual Art, Columbia University) in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. In some works on view, the passage of time is explicitly depicted by multiple images, as in a tennis player who is shown uncoiling his serve or a football offensive tackle bursting into play after the hike.

Among Neiman's artistic influences were artists of New York's Ashcan School, and he cited George Bellows (1882-1925) and his artworks based on observation of sporting events to create artworks as an important precursor to his own practice. A charcoal and pastel drawing in the Action! exhibit showing Mike Tyson having just knocked down Michael Spinks is closely comparable with Bellow's celebrated boxing images, especially his 1924 painting of Jack Dempsey knocking out Luis Firpo. Neiman was originally from Minnesota, where one of his first art teachers was Clement Haupers (1900-1982), an artist well known in the state (and a friend of Hillstrom Museum of Art namesake Richard L. Hillstrom). A group of works by and related to Haupers is being presented as a complement to Action! and includes his 1946 portrait of Neiman, lent by the Neiman Foundation, and landscapes and figure images lent by Mark Forgy and David and Kathryn Gilbertson.

A gallery talk in the Museum featuring Gustavus Adolphus College coaches discussing particular artworks related to their individual sports is planned for Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Regular hours for the Hillstrom Museum of Art are weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the Action! exhibition, its opening reception, and the related January gallery talk are all free and open to the public. For additional information about the Museum, visit www.Gustavus.edu/Hillstrom.

AudiencePublic
ContactDon Myers '83 — 507-933-7171
CategoryGeneral
SponsorHillstrom Museum of Art