Special Exhibitions

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Blake Little, Jerry Hubbard, Burbank, California, 1989

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

September 5, 2020 – February 14, 2021

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, explores the diverse and complex nature of individual and community identity in Western rural culture. Taken between 1988 and 1992 at events from Oklahoma to California, the collected body of images combines the action of riding, roping and chute dogging with intimate views into the lives of rodeo participants, examining themes of competition and community and inviting an expansive redefinition of cowboy identities. 

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

December 21, 2019 – March 1, 2020

The colorful copper plate etchings of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin (1943-1984) celebrate her Native heritage as well as modern interpretations and techniques. Hardin’s art is featured alongside paintings by her mother, Pablita Velarde, and sculptures by contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo artist Tammy Garcia.  

Helen Hardin, Mimbres Kikipelli, 1984

Karen Hackenberg, Fossil Feud, 2016

Environmental Impact II

August 24, 2019 – December 1, 2019

This traveling exhibition of dramatic paintings and sculptures heightens public attention about environmental issues and unintended consequences of human interaction with nature. Topics covered include global warming, the Gulf oil spill, unabated logging and mining, loss of bee populations, and more through the eyes of over 20 artists.

Florida Shines On: PARC Artists

September 2019

The Inspired Artist Studios @ PARC is a career advancement initiative for artists of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities wishing to participate in Florida’s thriving creative industry. The James Museum proudly supports PARC’s artists with this traveling exhibition. 

Lisa T., A Day at the Park

Edward Curtis, An Oasis in the Badlands – Sioux, 1905, platinum print

The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis

April 6, 2019 – July 21, 2019

In the first decades of the 20th century, American photographer Edward S. Curtis traveled the country to document “vanishing” Native American cultures with his cameras, producing thousands of images. Expressive portraits and scenes from daily life captured a humanity and a romantic view that appealed to the Anglo-American public of the day. His respect for Native people was ahead of his time, and the relationships he nurtured allowed for information gathering that would otherwise have been lost to history. Step back in time to explore tribal traditions and early photographic processes with premiere images on loan from the Robb and Susan Hough collection.  

James Michaels: An American Pop Life

November 17, 2018 – March 3, 2019

Inspired by popular culture, childhood memories, and life experiences, Michaels’ colorful canvases are visually bold and boldly personal. Included in his works are art history references alongside depictions of classic toys and cartoons, showing his range of contrasting influences. This one-man exhibition showcases Michaels’ ability and vision to work in a variety of styles over his decades-long career. 

James Michaels, True Romance, 1996

John Plishka, Coil

Society of Animal Artists: Art and the Animal

July 28, 2018 – October 23, 2018

Our inaugural exhibition was organized in collaboration with The Society of Animal Artists (SAA). SAA is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through art exhibitions, seminars, and demonstrations. This juried exhibition featured 125 sculptures and paintings by artists from around the world.

Artists for Conservation:
International Exhibit of Nature IN ART

March 13, 2021 - May 23, 2021

Leap, dash or soar with us into a world of vibrant color, meticulous precision and artistic passion for animal conservation. Artists for Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art features 60 paintings and sculptures that awaken our responsibility to conserve the diversity and wonder of our natural world.

Paintings and sculptures tell stories of natural diversity that is being lost and human factors affecting it. Art can play a critical role in informing and emotionally connecting the public to wildlife and driving a change for the better.

Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists dedicated to supporting the environment. With a network of over 500 nature and wildlife artists spanning five continents and 27 countries, exhibition organizer AFC is a driving force in a global educational movement for conservation.

Jacquie Vaux, Eyes of a Persian Leopard, 2020, watercolor

Karen Bondarchuk, Untitled, c. 2014 (detail)

ERGO SUM: A CROW A DAY

June 19, 2021 - September 6, 2021​

In 2014, Canadian-born artist Karen Bondarchuk set out to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could. For 365 days, she produced a crow a day on a small hand-cut panel, remembering her mother as she once was and grieving her loss. The resulting body of work explores communication and an artist’s relationship to the world; it resonates for its depth, beauty, and whimsy.

This exhibition is organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI.  

Warhol's West

October 2, 2021 - January 9, 2022​

Warhol’s West explores Pop artist Andy Warhol’s fascination with the American West. Developed by The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., the exhibition presents a wide range of Western imagery and more by Warhol, including his last major suite Cowboys and Indians (1986). Famous faces in the series include Geronimo, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Warhol’s work in the Western genre is recognizable, daring, inspirational and sometimes confrontational. This exhibition furthers our understanding of how the American West infiltrates the public’s imagination through contemporary art and popular culture.

Warhol’s West was organized by Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA, and the Cochran Collection, LaGrange, GA.

Sioux children on their first day at school, 1897; photograph, variable size; Courtesy of Library of Congress

Away from Home:
American Indian Boarding School Stories

January 28, 2022 - March 16, 2022

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of “Indianness,” even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Many children went years without familial contact, and these events had a lasting, generational impact.

The exhibition Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories explores off-reservation boarding schools in its kaleidoscope of voices. Visitors will explore compelling photographs, artwork, interviews, interactive timelines, and immersive environments. Stories of tragedy and familial love and friendships intersect. Experiences of gaining things useful and beautiful out of education, despite a formidable, fifty-year agenda that mostly maligned Native American capabilities, call us closer; each trial, each turning of power seeded in human survival, strengthening Indigenous identity.

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was adapted from the permanent exhibition, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories, organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ansel Adams: The Masterworks
and
Clyde Butcher: America the Beautiful

April 30, 2022 - June 31, 2022​

Drawn by the beauty, grandeur and complexity of American landscapes, Adams and Butcher pay reverence to our natural world. These two exhibitions show side by side, pair these world renowned photographers together to examine the power and fragility of nature.

American photographer Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984) is most known for his black and white images of the American West, particularly Yosemite National Park. Over the course of his career, Adams sought to elevate photography to fine art – comparable to painting, sculpture and music.

Clyde Butcher (b.1942) has made it his mission to photograph and document wild and natural places across America for the last 50 years. He grew up in California and later relocated to Florida, finding peace and his life’s mission within the Everglades.

Ansel Adams, Mt. Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, From Manzanar, California, 1944, gelatin silver print

Carolyn Crump, Col. Charles Young

Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West

September 3, 2022 - January 8, 2023

This exhibition, the first of its kind, explores the path of Black history in
the West with a timeline of original pictorial quilts. The timeline begins in
1528, with Esteban’s dramatic story, which marks the arrival of Africans
in the American West, and continues through the Civil Rights Movement.
The exhibition dispels the myth that Black people in the old West were
mostly cowboys, and shows rich diversity in their occupations and
achievements in society, religion, education, and the arts. Choosing quilts
as the visual medium for this exhibition accentuates the intersections of
African Americans in the Western Frontier while at once informing others
about the art form and its important role in African American history. This
exhibition is organized by The James Museum of Western and Wildlife
Art and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator, historian and artist. The quilts
are currently being created by the Women of Color Quilters Network
especially for this exhibition.