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Featured Artwork: Stela of Iku & Mer-imat

Jun

24

This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. One of the principal purposes of the stela is explained in the vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku. This written “appeal to the living” asks those who pause in front of it to read the text aloud, providing the deceased with “a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku.” The text above Mer-imat’s head describes her titles as “king’s [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers.”  The wealth of the couple is underscored by their fine dress that includes intricately beaded wigs, jeweled collars, armlets, and anklets. Iku’s staff and scepter are traditional symbols of position and authority.

This funerary stela is almost certainly from Naga-ed-Deir, a village in Upper Egypt on the bank of the river Nile. The stela closely resembles nearly one hundred relief carvings found in the offering chambers of tombs in the vast cemetery at Naga-ed-Deir. Despite its fragmentary condition, the expertly carved surface and the original polychrome are well preserved.

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collector, David W. Foerster

Jun

24

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

Foerster French Canal

Michael Kenna, French Canal, TYBW, Loire-et-Cher, France, 1993, Toned Silver Gelatin Print

Foerster Tree Canopy

Michael Kenna, Tree Canopy, Shosanji, Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan, 2010, Toned Silver Gelatin Print

Throughout art history, photography has often been the one medium holding its own standards. Unlike painting, drawing, sculpture, and the like, photography has carried the assumption that it is able to capture the “real world”, or that a photograph serves as an honest portrayal of what it depicts. David W. Foerster’s featured collection is strictly composed of photography. Within his collection of five photographs, four were created by Michael Kenna, a contemporary photographer who captures surrealistic landscapes and dream-like compositions.

Kenna’s photographs border on what we consider to be real or unreal, surreal or ordinary. His photograph Tree Canopy, Shosanji, Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan (2010) embodies the sublime, featuring a worm’s eye view of a tree canopy immersed in a deep fog. Though the subject is somewhat ordinary, Kenna’s vision and ability to capture the surrealistic elements of the composition pushes the photograph past that of a simple landscape, evoking an emotional, visceral response from the viewer.

Foerster Wolf

Michael Kenna, Guardian Wolf, Courances, France, 1997, Toned Silver Gelatin Print

When speaking about his interest in Michael Kenna’s work and his motive for collecting, Foerster stated, “(His) work attracts me on multiple levels. His capacity to simultaneously and mystically capture a moment in time and the life and history behind it is remarkable. My favorite Kenna quote directly speaks to this reality, ‘I try to photograph the invisible behind the visible.’  Through his lens he has the unique gift of embracing your intellect and heart, as he brushes your soul. In doing so each of his images reflect not only intrinsic beauty, but also offers a statement of grace.”

Foerster’s passion for photography lies in his ability to obtain an emotional response from something seemingly mundane, made extraordinary through the artist’s vision. The composition, tonality and framing of the subject allow one to become immersed in the scene, causing a surreal and sublime effect. Kenna’s photographs possess a sublime quality, serving as the very reason why Foerster connected with them on an emotional level.

Foerster lion

Michael Kenna, Winged Lion, San Marco, Venice, 2006, Toned Silver Gelatin Print

In speaking about the way he experiences Kenna’s photography, Foerster stated, “The four Kenna photographs in this exhibit are my favorites. But every Kenna in my collection is a favorite.  Each Kenna I have been fortunate to collect has captured me in that moment and continues to move me each time I view the image. It becomes a favorite because is some very real way I can see the invisible behind the visible.” Foerster collects his pieces based on the premise that he can experience the reaction intended by the photographer. Through this, Foerster is able to relate to the artist and the image on a deeper level than that of a purely aesthetic attraction. His definition of art becomes more than just the image, incorporating his relationship to the artist, the artist’s intention, and a greater understanding of himself.

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th to September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

 

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A Night of Americana – Jacksonville Old Time Jam

Jun

20

 

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The Jacksonville Old Time Jam was founded in August 2011 in order to preserve, foster, and spark a passion for Old Time music in Northeast Florida. They will be one of the three performing groups for The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). The cost is $20 for Members, $25 for Non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted), and enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your required reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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Jacksonville Old Time Jam draws much of their influence from a musical style called old-time music. A prominent genre in North-American folk music, old-time music orginates from a diverse group of countries including Ireland, Britain, Africa, and Continental Europe. Its popularity grew alongside many popular folk dances, such as square-dancing, flatfoot dancing, buck dancing, and clogging. Old-time music is generally played using all acoustic instruments including a fiddle accompanied by other plucked string instruments like a banjo or a guitar.

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In addition to The Cummer’s Americana Concert, you can catch this phenomenal music group at Rain Dogs (1045 Park St.) or UnderBelly (113 E. Bay St.). Click HERE for concert dates and more.

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A Night of Americana – Canary in the Coalmine

Jun

19

 

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Founded in the streets of Asheville, North Carolina, Canary in the Coalmine is a Jacksonville based folk group influenced by Appalachian folk and alternative country sounds. This Americana folk band is led by songwriters Jessica Pounds and Sandy Wicker. Members include Peter Mosely on upright bass and backing vocals, Philip Pan on violin, Arvid Smith on dobro, mellobar, mandolin, and guitars, and Eric Bailey on drums/percussion.

They are just one of three groups performing at The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28,2014 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted). Enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! The cost is $20 for Members, $25 for Non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your required reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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Canary in the Coalmine’s musical influences include Leonard Cohen, Josh Ritter, Dolly Parton, Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple, Southern Gospel Music, Jeff Buckley, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Nina Simone, Nancy Sinatra, The Carter Family, and Skeeter Davis to name a few. The group has earned acclaim from EU Magazine, NPR, Folio Weekly and countless others. Jessica and Sandy form an undeniably harmonious duo that parternered with Jacksonville’s finest musicians creates an unforgettable sound experience.

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In addition to seeing Canary in the Coalmine live at The Cummer on June 28th 7-9 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.), you can check out their website for tour information, merchandise, and more by clicking HERE.

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Garden Concert: A Night of Americana – Four Families

Jun

18

 Artist Highlight: Four Families

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Four Families is a folk music group that combines a heavy orchestral sound with a unique indie twist. Their indescribable ethereal music is a sound that resonates with each of their listeners. Members include: Robin Rütenberg on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and tambourine, Naarah Strokosch on cello and keys, Quinn Mellon on bass, and Summer Wood on drums.

They are one of three groups performing at The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28,2014 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted). Enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022.

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Shelton Hull, columnist for Arbus Magazine and Folio Weekly, says, “The sound of Four Families is at once classic and modern, soothing yet invigorating. The Florida quartet strikes a perfect sonic balance, with songwriting that puts their skills on full display.” They say that their music is inspired by themes of cultural tradition, social and historical observations, and human relationships. Their first EP, Sea Legs, was released in January of 2012 as “Robin Rütenberg & Friends” and they are currently recording their first full-length album.

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In addition to watching them perform at The Cummer on June 28th, you can also check out their recently released first ever music video at http://youtu.be/JYv2pnpJnoc. Get albums and merchandise from http://fourfamilies.bandcamp.com/. More information and tour dates can be found at http://www.fourfamiliesmusic.com/.

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Commemoration Celebration

Jun

17

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents a Commemoration Celebration on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, The Cummer will host the Gospel ensemble, The Sanders Singers featuring Mama Blue. Enjoy a special musical performance, including a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, as well as inspiring words from Alton Yates about the importance of the visual arts during this unsettled period in American history.  This performance is in connection with A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art, on view at The Cummer through November 2, 2014.

Image credit: Steve Schapiro (American, b. 1936), Andrew Young, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis, Selma, Alabama, 1965, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, 2007.219.  © Steve Schapiro.

Steve Schapiro (American, b. 1936), Andrew Young, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis, Selma, Alabama, 1965, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, 2007.219. © Steve Schapiro.

Eloquently dubbed the “Sultry Sister of Soul”, Mama Blue is captivating, grounded and real.  Her gifted voice and stage presence is uplifting, unforgettable and addictive!  Insightful lyrics and renditions, coupled with old-school sophistication will take you back to a simpler time when music was alive.  Her unique sound is reminiscent of legends such as Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and fuses elements of blues and jazz with hints of Motown, classical, Latin and even a bit of country. A native of Jacksonville, Mama Blue graduated from the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and earned a talent scholarship to Jacksonville University.  Majoring in vocal performance, she has since ventured forth to live performances across the southeastern US and Europe.

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Alton W. Yates is originally from Jacksonville’s LaVilla Park Neighborhood. He earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, and is a Yale University/Ford Foundation Graduate National Urban Fellow. Yates received high praise while serving in the U.S. Air Force at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory. He returned to Jacksonville in 1959 to find the city in desperate need of desegregation. Yates joined the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People Youth Council and became actively involved in the civil rights movement in Jacksonville. He was with the NAACP group on the occasion known as Axe Handle Saturday in August 1960. Yates has continued his dedicated service since the 1960s, serving the city of Jacksonville as administrative assistant, the Florida Anti-Poverty Agency, and the Florida Air National Guard.  His drive for human dignity within the city of Jacksonville has given him the opportunity to contribute to its growth since the civil rights movement.

Join The Cummer for this special program honoring the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in Hixon Auditorium. It is free to the public and no reservations are needed. For more information, please call 904.356.6857.

 

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