AAM Announces Exhibitions

The Academy Art Museum is pleased to announce three new exhibitions that are currently on view: “Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints,” “Remnants of Childhood: Selections from the Permanent Collection” by AAM’s Teen Interns and a solo exhibition of works by painter Philip Koch, entitled “Light.” An artist talk for Koch will be held on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to present three very diverse exhibitions at AAM: from the vibrant landscapes of Philip Koch to the masterful prints of Albrecht Dürer, and the nostalgic reflections on childhood in Remnants of Childhood, our exhibitions invite you to explore the intricate layers of expression and memory that shape our world,” states Interim Director Jennifer Chrzanowski.

Light: Paintings by Philip Koch 

Through July 14

Artist Talk: Friday, May 24, 6 pm

Philip Koch is known for his colorful, panoramic landscapes. But he was originally an abstract artist. Seeing the work of Edward Hopper inspired him early in his career to change to painting in a realist mode. Light showcases Koch’s landscapes and architectural subjects and includes preparatory studies as well as finished works.

The artist will discuss his work on view in “Light: Paintings by Philip Koch” and talk about pivotal moments in his development as a painter. Koch is best known for his vividly colored paintings of the natural world, and his work has been described as emotional and romantic, often tinged with a subtly visionary feeling. Originally an abstract painter, Koch was inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper to shift into a realist mode. Beginning in 1983, Koch was awarded his first residency at Hopper’s former studio on Cape Cod, and has enjoyed unprecedented access to Hopper’s private studio over the past four decades. In 2015 the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY, held a featured solo exhibition of Koch’s paintings. Koch’s paintings have been the subject of fourteen solo art museum exhibitions, and his work is held in the permanent collections of a number of American art museums, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the Swope Art Museum in Indiana, and the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY.

Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints 

Through July 14

This exhibition features more than thirty woodblock prints and engravings by (or after) the German Renaissance master printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). The artist was an extraordinary innovator who revolutionized the medium of printmaking in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Trained as a goldsmith, the painter, etcher, and draftsman Dürer was praised for the remarkable compositional complexity and high level of naturalism in his works, as evidenced in his celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), and the full set of sixteen prints from the Engraved Passion (1507-12) that are featured in the exhibition.

Catapulted by his enormous talent and technical innovation, Dürer was one of the most influential artists of his age. He established an international reputation for his remarkable skills in printmaking, which he single-handedly elevated to an independent art form, producing designs for more than 300 woodblocks and more than 100 engravings over the course of a forty-year career that reverberated throughout Europe.

Remnants of Childhood: Selections from the Permanent Collection by AAM’s Teen Interns 

Through June 9

Childhood can be both magical and fraught. Developing minds are fascinated by small details, nature, buildings, movement, and scary situations (among other things). Childhood memories and experiences can color a lifetime. Curated by AAM’s teen interns, this exhibition features artworks from the Museum’s Permanent Collection that reflect on experiences of children and the imperfect and unreliable memories that shape our stories about childhood.

Each school year, 10 local teens have the opportunity to work at the Academy Art Museum, engaging closely with Museum staff and learning the nuts and bolts of museum operations. It creates a new generation of museum-goers by involving high school students in a hands-on, in-depth program to develop their understanding of how museums enrich communities.

About the Academy Art Museum

As the premier art museum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Academy Art Museum presents high-quality exhibitions and a full range of art classes for visitors of all ages. Past exhibitions have featured artists such as James Turrell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Pat Steir and Richard Diebenkorn. The permanent collection focuses on works on paper by American and European artists from four centuries including recent acquisitions by Graciela Iturbide and Zanele Muholi. Arts educational programs range from life drawing lessons to digital art instruction, and include lunchtime and cocktail hour concerts, lectures and special art events, as well as a Fall Craft Show celebrating 27 years. AAM also provides arts education to school children from the region and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. To continue the institutional movement of offering free public programming and to give barrier-free access to art, AAM eliminated admission fees in 2023.

Location: 106 South Street, Easton, Maryland
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday-Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed Mondays and Federal holidays.
Admission: Free

For more information, visit https://academyartmuseum.org.
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