Past Exhibitions

2024 Exhibitions

Zach Horn: Saturdays

February 18 – May 5, 2024

In Horn’s family, they express emotions through what they cook. “I’m the short-order cook in our house,” says Horn. “Part of the way I express love is through food. Pancakes on Saturday are statements. They are my way of saying, ‘I love you’ and ‘I would do anything for you.'”

Mealtime is an artistic theme that goes back to Seurat and Manet, and also to Poussin, Lorraine, and Titian. In this collection of works, Horn wants to make the viewer the protagonist of the scene, showing what a participant in a meal might see: a little food, a little landscape.

Shown: Zach Horn, Butter, still from the video, Saturdays, 2023

Prints by Edward Landon

February 4 – April 14, 2024

Considered one of the pioneers of serigraph or silk screen printing, American artist Edward Landon (1911-1984) was among the founding members of the Silk Screen Group which later became the National Serigraph Society. The group exhibited internationally, to highlight the creative possibilities of the medium. Landon exhibited at the Art Complex Museum in 1981, and gave the museum one of his prints, Land’s End, at the close of the exhibit.  At two later dates, more of his work came into the museum from a generous family member’s collection.

Silk Screen printing was initially used only commercially when these experimental artists began using it to create fine art. Carl Zigrosser (1891-1975), curator for the Philadelphia Art Museum, coined the term “serigraph” in order to differentiate between the commercial and fine art use of the printing process. “Seri” is a Latin word meaning “silk” and “graphos” is a Greek word meaning “to write.”

Shown: Edward Landon, Web II, (Detail), 1960, serigraph

Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show

February 4 – April 14, 2024

The DAA’s annual winter show is one of the museum’s most popular, showcasing works in all media. Artists enter online and guest curators create a show that is a survey of the art that is being created by contemporary artists today. As well as choosing the works to be included, jurors award monetary prizes in a wide number of categories including “Best in Show.”

Shown: Vincent Crotty, Liscannor Twilight, (Detail), Oil on Panel, Best in Show 2023

2023 Exhibitions

Palindrome: Back to Hope
Andrae Green

November 12, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Growing up on the island of Jamaica, Massachusetts painter Andrae Green says that the Caribbean Sea never played a huge part in his conscious life, but he was always aware of its presence. He knew, unconsciously, that he could go to it whenever he wanted and that it would always be there for him. He remembers his father bringing his family to Kingston Harbor and watching the young boys jump off the docks, into the abyss. Their fearless trust in the sea always fascinated him. Their leaps of faith inspired him.

Since moving to western Massachusetts and no longer having easy access to the sea, Green feels a longing that has translated into his most recent body of work: paintings that speak to the limitless potential for human imagination and freedom (a perspective that is very needed in these times) and drawings about weightlessness and freedom, all inspired by bodies of water and the Caribbean landscape. Green says that in the Caribbean mind, the sea, “Brings both joy and fear, love and hate, hope and resentment.”

https://www.andraegreen.com
Green’s “Divers” series is featured in this article: https://gowhereitzat.com/from-memory-and-the-mind-the-work-of-andrae-green

Shown: Andrae Green, Divers V, 2021, oil on canvas

50/50: Fifty Years of Collecting Art

September 17, 2023 – January 14, 2024

In continued celebration of the Art Complex Museum’s fiftieth anniversary, this exhibit examines the museum’s expanding permanent collection, amassed since its founding in 1971. Assembled after the museum opened, these art works reflect the collecting interests of founders Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser, along with museum directors and curators as the ACM builds for the future.

Shown: Prilla Smith Brackett, Touchstone: Glimpses of Noon #2, 2004, acrylic and oil on canvas

50/50: Collecting the Boston Printmakers

September 17, 2023 – January 14, 2024

The Art Complex Museum has collected work by members of the Boston Printmakers since the early 1970s. This exhibit features winners of the Ture Bengtz Memorial Prize, selected from the group’s Biennial exhibition, which are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Bengtz was the Director of the Art Complex Museum from 1971-73, and began a tradition of hosting exhibits of work by members of the Boston Printmakers at the museum. He remained at his post for three years, until his sudden death in 1973. A memorial award in his honor, the Ture Bengtz Memorial Prize began shortly afterward.

Established in 1947, the Boston Printmakers was formed by a group of students assisted by Ture Bengtz (then Director of the Graphics Department at the Museum School, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Otis Philbrick (instructor for the Massachusetts College of Art), and Arthur Heintzelman (printmaker and curator of Wiggin Gallery at the Boston Public Library). The students included Bengtz’ pupil, Richard Bartlett (president), Shirley Thompson Hadley (vice president), and Gladys Wilcock (secretary/treasurer). Initially a regional group, the Boston Printmakers soon expanded its reach to include the national and international art world.

Shown: Mark Sisson, Portrait of Daniel King: Scouting for Men and Boys, 2016
linocut, wood cut, lithograph

February 19 – May 14, 2023

Unsettled Pieces

Three artists have chosen mosaic as the common language to explore issues affecting the planet, each in her own style.

Debora Aldo uses her signature material—pebbles—along with up-cycled contemporary materials, to infuse her lines with meaning. Nikki Sullivan and Anabella Wewer both use classical andamento to form their lines, but Nikki often uses a large found object as her focal point, while Anabella breaks down uncommon materials into regularly sized tesserae.

Each artist has embraced one or more topics within our changing world, and brought to it the unusual and uncommon set of skills that it takes to create a mosaic.

Top to bottom:

Shown: Debora Aldo, Will the Birds Still Sing, 2018, cut pebbles, smalti, blue calcite crystals on a series of dimensional substrates

Shown: Nikki Sullivan, Earth Day

Shown: Anabella Wewer, Long View

February 19 – May 14, 2023

Botanical Explorations:
Mosaics and Paintings by Lisa Houck

About being asked to create a mosaic for the Frieda Garcia Park in Boston in 2003, Lisa Houck says, “It was the beginning of my involvement with this wonderful, colorful, shimmering medium of mosaic. I have been working with it ever since. My heavily patterned paintings in watercolor and oil led very naturally into this new way of working with small reflective tesserae. With these irregularly shaped pieces, I create vibrant, imaginative images filled with color and pattern. I fabricate some of the ceramic pieces that are in these mosaics. These mosaic trees embody personalities: some are quiet and shy, some are dizzy and easily swayed, some are larger than life. I often use patterned, circular imagery that can evoke cells, flowers, droplets, planets, spirals and seasonal cycles in the natural world.”

Shown: Lisa Houck, It Flowers all Year Long, 2020, mosaic

May 21 – August 13, 2023

Aaron Norfolk: Audio-Visio

The Boston-based painter’s large, color-rich paintings begin with what he hears, not with what he sees.  He says, “Sight and sound run parallel in our perception, and these works do not intend to confound the two.  Rather, the interest is for the viewer to switch back and forth across subjectivity, allowing sound its visual memory.  As a word becomes a sound’s visual placeholder, so these paintings become their portrait.”

Norfolk began painting as a teenager and earned a BFA from the College of William and Mary, and received his MFA from Boston University.

Shown: Aaron Norfolk, Untitled, 2022, oil on panel

2022 Exhibitions

Jackie Reeves: Big Plans  May 18 – July 10

ACM@50+1: May 18 – September 4

Complex Muses: May 18 – September 4

Rotations: ACM Photo Album: May 18 – September 4

Gretchen Moran: August 7, 13, 14

Gillian Christy: Tabernacle Tableau: July 17 – September 18

September 18 – December 4, 2022

The Blue Notebooks

Artist and Guest Curator, Anne Plaisance, has assembled a group of artists who are working with what she calls, “their vision of the day after tomorrow.” Responding to contemporary issues and citing research reports from both the United Nations and Harvard University on looming problems like climate change, rising sea levels and extreme weather, Plaisance believes artists can focus on leaving the best legacy they possibly can, through art and culture, for whatever comes next.

She says, “This exhibition is a requiem for humanity, an homage to creativity and beauty, a ‘chapeau bas’ to love and generosity, an adieu to memories, a last embrace of our cherished ones.”

Artists in the exhibition include: Susan Denniston, Kelly Knight, Michel Morelli, Baudouin Mouanda, Sarah Pettitt, Anne Plaisance, Stephanie Todhunter, and Robin Whiteman.

Shown: What Lies Between, 2019, Susan Denniston, monotype

September 25 – November 27, 2022

Sarah Meyers Brent: Out Growth

Brent’s mixed media works take discarded items from her house, community, and town transfer station to create sculptures and alternative landscapes that embody the craziness of motherhood and environmental chaos.

The mix of old kids’ clothes, paint globs, toys, and rags, incorporated with dirt and other natural elements, look as if they are simultaneously growing and decaying. They express the weight of raising children in environmental disorder while juggling our lives and trying to maintain a sense of self and balance. Paintings incorporating decaying flowers and plants drip and wilt. Referencing the overuse of stuff in our lives and the mental load that women carry around, piles of trash take on a second, organic life. Brent works through the mess of life to try to find order in chaos and beauty in the reality of imperfection.

Shown: Feet, 2021, Upcycled objects and mixed media

September 18 – December 4, 2022

Rotations: That 70’s Print Show

The 1960s and 1970s were a turning point in American printmaking, with the rise of communal studios that provided creative and technical exchanges between artists. This exhibit examines printmakers working in the 1970s through works from the collection of the Art Complex Museum and artist’s contributions to the contemporary art form.

Shown: Poseidon’s Pocket, Vivian Berman, collagraph 2017.24

December 4, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Joan Collins:
Cadence – The Surf and Bark of Kauai

Duxbury photographer Joan Collins has spent the last thirty years capturing what she calls, “the dramatic rhythm, permanence, and transience,” of the water in the waves off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. More recently she has found the island’s giant eucalyptus trees and isolated jungle groves of rainbow eucalyptus, discovering that the curves and bark textures of these ancient trees mimic the fluidity and variety of the ocean’s surf.

In this exhibition we pair what she has captured from her twin muses.

Shown: Joan Collins, Kuilau Trail Blaze, 2019, photograph