"Pears: Organization of Perceptive and Introspective Form" (detail) 1934 by Lorser Feitelson


Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape and the
American West

April 14, 2014 - December 10, 2014 

This exhibition explores the role of the American West as a site for rebirth and enchantment, specifically through artists and composers who explored the visionary interpretations of the landscape in visual or musical form inspired by Theosophical ideas. Theosophy, as explored in the exhibition, grew out of the 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky's writings. Blavatsky was also one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, an institute still in existence today. 

Curated by a group of international scholars, this exhibition displays selected works that convey the local and regional connection to Theosophically-inspired artists and musicians while also placing them within the international network of enchanted culture that flourished in the early 20th century. This exhibition has been made possible with support from the Leverhulme Trust and the Tanner Charitable Trust. To learn more about this project and its worldwide scope, click on this link here: Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts.

James G. Mansell, University of Nottingham
Christopher M. Scheer, Utah State University
Sarah Victoria Turner, Mellon Center for British Art (London) - Yale University
With Contributions by:
Helena Capkova, Waseda University
Rachel Cowgill, Cardiff University 
Anna Gawboy, Ohio State University 
Marco Pasi, The University of Amsterdam
Katie Tyreman, The University of York 
Gauri Vishwanathan, Columbia University 

Raymond Jonson
Watercolor #10, 1938
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Utah State University
Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Gift
© University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque

Set in Stone: Lithographs from the Museum Collection

February 2, 2014 - Summer 2014
This exhibit features a selection of 17 different lithographs that have been pulled from museum storage and are now on display in the Study Center. While learning about the process of making a lithograph, viewers will also witness various examples of the printmaking techniques within this particular medium. The lithographs in this exhibit present sharp depictions of architecture, emotional human portraits, graceful gradients of changing colors, and random patterns of cheese. Some of the artists featured in this exhibit are Thomas Hart Benton, Conrad Buff, Millard Sheets, Lorser Feitelson, and Edward Ruscha. Each of these lithographs are displayed inside the large, industrial drawers in the Study Center beside the related printmaking exhibit, Reliefs: The Art of Woodcuts.

Lorser Feitelson
Girl Reading, 1940
Dorothy Wanlass Fund Purchase   

Man Up: Perspectives on Masculinity and the Male Form
November 12, 2013 - Summer 2014

This exhibit was created with assistance from Dr. Rachel Middleman and the students in her Feminist Art History course during the fall 2013 semester. As a counterpoint to the Female + Form exhibit (see the Past Exhibitions page), Man Up explores the visualization of masculine and feminine stereotypes through photos, drawings, and prints. The exhibit presents differing views of manhood from strong and hardworking to naked, vulnerable, or wounded. Viewers can see different interpretations of what makes a man a real man not only through showing men's roles in society, but also through depictions of the male body. Like these artists have done, viewers will search for their own interpretations of what being a man means to them. Man Up is displayed in the Study Center gallery inside a chest of large, rectangular, glass-covered drawers to allow viewers a closer, more intimate experience with each artwork displayed.

James Huffaker
Gun Shop, 1975
silverprint photo
Museum Permanent Collection

Reliefs: The Art of Woodcuts

October 4, 2013 - May 2, 2014

A selection of 22 woodcuts from the museum's permanent collection are displayed in the Study Center and represent various techniques in this printmaking method. This exhibit shows examples of how printmaking can create striking imagery including southwestern landscapes, intimate human portraits, abstract nature patterns, and delicate etchings of black and white. Reliefs: The Art of Woodcuts also explains the meticulous printmaking process of this method in which artists carve or cut into a sheet, or block, of solid wood to create an image. These images are then pressed onto a sheet of paper using different skills of coloring, texture, and layering. The prints in this exhibit are displayed horizontally in a chest of large, industrial drawers.
Leo J. Meissner
Oracle Mountains, Arizona, 1949
wood engraving
Charter Member Endowment Purchase